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Adjusting Your Kindle 1st Generation Settings

The Settings page on your Kindle 1st Generation allows you to register, personalize your Kindle, and view your available storage space. Some of the setting described below also can be managed on Amazon.com. See the Managing Your Kindle on Amazon.com Help page for more information. The setting options availble on your Kindle 1st Generation are described below.

Information on managing your Kindle 1st Generation settings is also available in Chapter 7 of the Kindle 1st Generation User's Guide (.PDF).


Registering or Deregistering Your Kindle 1st Generation

Kindle 1st Generation needs to be registered with your Amazon.com account information to use many of the Kindle features. If you received Kindle 1st Generation as a gift and it was automatically registered to the purchaser's account, or Kindle is lost or transferred to another user, you should deregister your Kindle from your account. The process to register or deregister is described below.

To register your Kindle 1st Generation:

  1. Move the wireless switch on the back of your Kindle 1st Generation to the "ON" position.
  2. Press the Home key to make sure you are on the Home screen.
  3. Scroll to Menu and press the select wheel.
  4. Select "Settings" from the menu.
  5. Scroll to the Account Name section and select "Register." If an account name already appears, complete the deregistration steps below before registering.
  6. Enter your Amazon.com user name and select "Done" when you are finished.
  7. Enter the password for the Amazon.com account entered in step 6 and select "Done" when finished.
  8. Wait for Kindle 1st Generation to process the request. The account name should appear when registration is successful. If it doesn't appear, you may have to repeat the process.

To deregister your Kindle 1st Generation:

  1. Move the wireless switch on the back of your Kindle 1st Generation to the "ON" position.
  2. Press the Home key to make sure you are on the Home screen.
  3. Scroll to Menu and press the select wheel.
  4. Select "Settings" from the menu.
  5. Scroll to the Account Name section and select "Deregister."
  6. Select "OK" from the confirmation screen or select "Cancel" if you wish to abort the process.
  7. Wait for Kindle 1st Generation to process the request. The account name will be blank and the Register option will appear when deregistration is successful.

You can also deregister your Kindle from the Manage Your Content and Devices page on Amazon.com.

Personalizing Your Kindle 1st Generation

Your Kindle 1st Generation acquires a default name from your Amazon.com account when it is first registered and displays it in the Account Name and Device Name sections. If you wish to personalize your Kindle 1st Generation, you can change the default Device Name and enter Personal Info such as your contact information on the Settings menu.

To change your Kindle 1st Generation Device Name:

  1. Press the Home key to make sure you are on the Home screen.
  2. Scroll to Menu and press the select wheel.
  3. Select "Settings" from the menu.
  4. Select "Edit" from the Device Name section.
  5. Use the keyboard to type in the name that you want to appear.
  6. Select "Done" when you have finished.

To change your Personal Info:

  1. Press the Home key to make sure you are on the Home screen.
  2. Scroll to Menu and press the select wheel.
  3. Select "Settings" from the menu.
  4. Select "View/Edit" from the Personal Info section.
  5. Use the keyboard to type in your contact information or other details you would like to include. Entering contact information could be useful if your Kindle 1st Generation is ever lost.
  6. Select "Done" when you have finished.

Primary Dictionary

The New Oxford American Dictionary is installed on your Kindle 1st Generation at the time of purchase and is the only dictionary currently available as the default for Kindle 1st Generation.

Automated Annotation Backup

When the Backup of Annotations feature is Enabled, Kindle 1st Generation periodically makes a copy of your notes and bookmarks you make on content you purchase from Amazon.com.

To enable or disable Backup of Annotations:

  1. Press the Home key to make sure you are on the Home screen.
  2. Scroll to "Menu" and press the select wheel.
  3. Select "Settings" from the menu.
  4. Select "Enable" or "Disable" from the Annotations section.

Available Memory

You can store reading materials on your Kindle 1st Generation or on an inserted SD card. Your Kindle (1st Generation) can hold more than 200 items and you can add an SD memory card to hold thousands of additional items depending on the size of each item.

To view your available memory:

  1. Press the Home key to make sure you are on the Home screen.
  2. Scroll to "Menu" and press the select wheel.
  3. Select "Settings" from the menu.
  4. View the memory status at the bottom of the screen.

You will see the total amount of free memory shown in megabytes on both your Kindle 1st Generation memory and SD memory card. Additionally, the thermometer bars show the amount of free memory available in grey and the amount of filled memory in black as a relative reference.

Settings Menu

In addition to the options displayed on the Settings page, the Settings menu provides you with these options:

  • Home: Takes you to your Home screen.
  • Shop in Kindle Store: Takes you to the storefront of the Kindle Store.
  • Update Your Kindle: Installs the latest software for your Kindle 1st Generation. When an update is available, this menu item becomes available, otherwise it is grayed out.
  • Restart: Restarts your Kindle 1st Generation.
  • About Kindle: Kindle 1st Generation License Agreement and Terms of Use.