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Accessing Basic Web

Your Kindle 1st Generation comes with experimental Basic Web, a Web browser that is optimized to read text-centric Web sites. It supports Javascript, SSL and cookies but does not support plug-ins (Flash, Shockwave, etc.) or Java applets. Refer to the links below for more information about using Kindle 1st Generation's Basic Web features.

Instructions for using Kindle 1st Generation's experimental Basic Web features also appear in Chapter 4 and Chapter 6 of the Kindle 1st Generation User's Guide (.PDF).


Activating Basic Web

Basic Web is accessible from the Home menu or by following a link within your reading material. The URL of the page you are visiting will always be displayed at the top of the page.

To access Basic Web from the Home Screen:

  1. Turn the wireless switch on the back of your Kindle 1st Generation to "ON."
  2. If you are not already on the Home screen, press the Home key.
  3. Choose "Experimental" from the Home menu.
  4. On the Experimental screen, select the "Basic Web" option.
  5. Select a Web page from the My Bookmarks list or enter a URL at the top of the screen.

To access Basic Web from your reading:

  1. Turn the wireless switch on the back of your Kindle 1st Generation to "ON."
  2. Place your cursor next to the line of text that contains a link in your reading and press the select wheel. Links to Web pages will be underlined and have a page icon next to them.
  3. Select the name of the link from the menu that appears. The link will be at the bottom of the menu list after the standard menu options.
  4. If there is a fee to visit the page, accept the charge for Web access using the select wheel.
Navigating Web Pages

There are several ways to navigate Web sites using the Kindle 1st Generation Web browser. You can get around inside a Web page by using the Next Page and Previous Page buttons. Links and other clickable items can be selected and other features can be found using the menu options.

Using Next Page and Previous Page

Many Web pages you find on the Internet will have more text than can be displayed on one page. You will see "1 of 2" or "1 of 3" if there are more pages to see. Use the "Next Page" and "Prev Page" button to move through longer pages. This is equivalent to scrolling up and down through a long Web page.

Selecting Links, Buttons, and Boxes

Your Kindle 1st Generation uses a two-step selection method to navigate Web pages and to select clickable items on Web pages such as links, buttons, or boxes.

To select clickable items on a Web page:

  1. Select the line or general area in the Web page where the link, button, or box appears using the select wheel.
  2. Select the name of the item you wish to choose from the menu that appears. The link will be at the bottom of the menu list after the standard menu options.
  3. If presented with a text entry or other input field, follow the onscreen instructions to enter the required information.
    • "Input Field" means you have chosen an area containing a text entry field.
    • "Radio Group" means a selection of multiple buttons, of which only one can be selected at a time.
Using Bookmarks and Adding Your Own

Your Kindle 1st Generation is pre-loaded with Bookmarks to a few of our favorite Web sites for viewing Web information such as sports scores, stock and financial information, daily news, weather, flight information, etc. When you find a Web site you want to visit again later, you can also save that Web site in your bookmarks.

To access a predefined bookmark:

  1. Select "Menu" from inside the Web browser. You will see a URL field at the top of the screen when in the Web broswer.
  2. Select "Bookmarks" from the menu.
  3. Select the desired bookmark using the select wheel. If you have more than one page of bookmarks, use the Next Page and Prev Page buttons to view all of your bookmarks.

To bookmark a Web page:

  1. Use the Web browser to visit the page you wish to bookmark.
  2. Select "Menu" from inside the Web browser.
  3. Select "Add Bookmark" from the menu.

To delete a bookmark:

  1. Select "Menu" from inside the Web browser. You will see a URL field at the top of the screen when in the Web broswer.
  2. Select "Delete Bookmark" from the menu.
  3. Select the bookmark you wish to remove using the select wheel. Your bookmark will be deleted without requiring confirmation.
Entering URLs and Accessing Your Browsing History

You can also use Basic Web to visit other sites on the Internet as well as the bookmarked pages we've included. You can also revisit pages using your browsing history.

To enter a Web site's URL:

  1. Select "Enter URL" at the top of the Web browser.
  2. Use the keypad to enter the URL and press submit.

To visit a page in your browsing history:

  1. Select "Menu" from inside the Web browser. You will see a URL field at the top of the screen when in the Web broswer.
  2. Select "History" from the menu.
  3. Select the page you wish to visit using the select wheel. If there is more than one page of browsing history, use the Page buttons to find the one you want.
Adjusting Your Browser Settings

The Basic Web browser on Kindle 1st Generation has many settings that are similar to the Web browser you may use on your computer. The list below contains a description of the options you will find on the Settings menu inside your browser. To access this menu, select "Menu" from inside the browser and the select "Settings" from the menu.

  • Set Default View Mode: Allows you to select which view is used when you launch Basic Web. Default Mode is optimized for viewing most pages and Advanced Mode can be used for more complex Web sites; this mode squeezes pages down to fit the width of the Kindle screen. In this mode, Javascript can also be enabled. You can also switch between modes from the browser menu.
  • Clear Cache: Removes temporary Internet files from your Kindle 1st Generation.
  • Clear History: Removes Internet address entries from your Kindle 1st Generation.
  • Clear Cookies: Removes cookies from your Kindle 1st Generation.
  • Enable Javascript: In Advanced Mode only, enables Javascript to be executed on the pages you visit. Note that if Javascript is disabled, Web pages will load faster.
  • Show Images: Selects whether you want images to appear when you load a Web page. Note that if you don't show images, Web pages will load faster.

Selecting Your Text Size

You can change your text size on a Web page the same way you would when reading a book.

To change the text size: Press the text-size key in the lower right-hand corner of the keyboard (large and small capital "A" on the key) to display the text size menu. Scroll to the desired text size and press the select wheel. You can see immediately how the new text size looks with the content you are viewing.

Downloading Files

Some Web sites may have books or documents you can download and read on your Kindle 1st Generation. When you select these books or documents, you will be asked to confirm if you want to download these to your Kindle Home. The types of files you can download directly to your Kindle 1st Generation include Kindle content (.azw), Mobipocket books (.mobi, .prc) and text files (.txt). Files that are controlled by Digital Rights Management (DRM) may not be viewable on your Kindle 1st Generation if you did not purchase it specifically for your Kindle.

Searching the Web

Kindle 1st Generation provides you with several default Web searches that will appear on the search results page when you perform a search. If you wish to see only search results from the Web when performing a search, enter the shortcut for the desired resource on the search line (@store, @wiki, @web) followed by a space and your search terms.

To search on the Web:

  1. Turn the wireless switch on the back of your Kindle 1st Generation to "ON."
  2. Press the Search key in the lower right-hand corner of your keyboard.
  3. Enter your search term or terms using the keyboard. (255 character limit).
  4. Scroll to "Go" and press the select wheel.
  5. Select the desired Web resource from the list at the bottom of the search results page. Select "Search Wikipedia for n" to display the Wikipedia entry; select "Search Web for n" to submit your search term to the default search engine in Basic Web; select "Search Kindle Store for n" to connect to the Kindle Store and view available titles.

Ask Kindle NowNow

Kindle NowNow was a free experimental feature that is no longer available. As part of our Experimental efforts, we remove or add Experimental features based on customer interest and focus on features that Kindle customers are excited about.