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 23<h1>Tips and Tricks</h1>
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 38<strong>Default apps</strong>:
 39When you install multiple apps that fulfill the same role, such as
 40multiple home screens or multiple web browsers, then Android might
 41sometimes ask you which app you want to open. For example, when you
 42press the Home button, but you have two Home screen apps, it will ask
 43you which one you want. There's also a checkbox where you can set that
 44app as the default, so it won't ask you again. The other app will
 45still be there, but it won't open unless you specifically open it
 46yourself. To reset the defaults, just open Settings, Application
 47settings, Manage Applications, and click on the application that's the
 48default now, and you'll get an option to make it not the default
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 53<strong>Shortcuts</strong>:
 54You can assign Search key + any letter on your keyboard to opening an
 55app of your choice. It's in Settings, under the Applications section.
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 59<strong>Toggle silent mode in the lock screen</strong>:
 60When your phone is locked, you use a swipe gesture from left to right to
 61unlock it. If you swipe from right to left, you can toggle silent mode
 62on and off. TalkBack will announce the mode change if you do this
 63successfully.
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 67<strong>Turn off features you don't need</strong>:
 68If you're not going to be using the display, you can save battery by
 69reducing the brightness to the lowest setting and turning off animations.
 70You can find both of these in the Display section of Settings.
 71You may also want to turn off auto-rotating the screen.
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 75<strong>TTS Extended lets you access advanced TTS features on older
 76Android versions</strong>:
 77You shouldn't download this if you have Android 2.2 or later. But if you
 78have Android 2.1 or earlier, TTS Extended will allow many applications to
 79speak using additional voices other than the built-in voice, and it gives
 80you more options for controlling speech.
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 84<strong>The Music app is accessible</strong>:
 85When playing a song, either click or press the spacebar to play or pause.
 86To skip to another track, press left or right. To seek within a track,
 87hold down the left or right keys.
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 91<strong>Sliders are not very accessible</strong>:
 92If you encounter a slider or seek control, unfortunately it's not
 93accessible. This is a known bug that will be fixed in a future version of
 94Android. However, the control does actually move if you press the left or
 95right arrows, there's just no way to get feedback as to the current
 96position. Still, if it's very important to adjust something, you can always
 97manipulate it blind and check to see if it had an effect some other way.
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101<strong>Turn off Gmail syncing if you don't need it</strong>:
102Since Gmail isn't accessible, there's no need to sync it. Go to the Accounts
103&amp; Sync section in the Settings to stop syncing your Gmail email. You
104may want to keep syncing contacts and other Google data, though, since those
105are accessible. Note that you can still read your email from Gmail using
106a different accessible email program - you just can't use the built-in
107Gmail-only app.
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111<strong>Many apps have tabs across the top of the screen</strong>:
112Don't forget to check the two-dimensional layout of the screen as you're
113exploring.
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117<strong>Android has several keyboard shortcuts</strong>:
118Many of the text-editing keystrokes you're used to in a desktop computer
119will work on an Android device with a keyboard. For example, hold down
120Shift while moving the directional controller to select text, and press
121Alt+X to cut, Alt+C to copy, and Alt+V to paste in any text box. In addition,
122press Alt+Up to move to the top of a box and Alt+Down to move to the bottom.
123This also works in lists, not just in text boxes.
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