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by Adam Marks Thu, 07 Oct 2010 4:32 pm EDT

Did you know that you can press the Option (Orange/Silver) key and then click on links or pictures in the browser to bring up a pop-up menu with some options on how to interact with those areas? The options are different Option Click link depending on which one you click on Option + tapping a link will bring up the following options:

  • Open in New Card: Opens a new browser card with the specified link
  • Share Link: Opens a new email message with that link
  • Copy URL: Copies the URL of the link to the clipboard

Option tab pic in browser Option + tapping a picture will bring up the following options:

  • Share Image: Opens a new email message with a link to the picture and also attaches the picture as an attachment
  • Copy to Photos: Saves the picture to your device. See this tip for details
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There was a patch in Preware which also made added a gesture-tap to duplicate this behaviour so you could so this without opening the keyboard but I ended up losing it at some point. I think it was a patch that wasn't compatible with AUPT, does anyone know if it was updated to work with AUPT? I can't remember what the original was called but it was a really useful patch (to the point of why didn't Palm do this to begin with?).

The patch is called "Gesture Click Open In New Card", and it's fully AUPT compatible, as are all other patches available in Preware. It works great!

Edit: Oops, I see somebody else put that same info below, with links no less. Dear posters: it helps if you hit the reply button on the comment to which you're replying!

The patch is called 'GestureClick Context Menu' see http://bit.ly/9mDmka

The link that kkhanmd mentions above is here: http://bit.ly/957Plr

One of my favorite patches.

You know there is patch for this now, where one click and hold on a link and no longer have to press the orange/silver key.
http://tinyurl.com/26a4w9z

Sadly, this is another one I had had no idea about. Plenty of times I could have used them too, especially the one about opening links in a new card.

I wonder if the maker of the patch knew you could even do this before making the patch. I didnt know.

Man... after all this time, I'm still learning things. At first I thought these tips & tricks posts were hokey, but I'm finding that they are informing me of things I still don't know on the Pre. Much appreciated.

I dont know if it's common knowledge or not, but if you are on a web page that has a inner window, or a box that scrolls (whatever you call it)within the browser, If you hold the option key and you can scroll up or down within that box.

Maybe it is, but I sure didn't know! And as it turns out, there's a site I've been wanting to use for over a year now that uses these scrollboxes, that I haven't been able to use... until now! Thanks a bunch!

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but what orange/silver key? Are you talking about the round button at the bottom of the phone? That doesn't seem to do it. What is the option button?

Yes, it's the button under the A on the bottom left.

Really?! Its the only colored key on the keyboard...

nice tip, I knew this for pics but never tried a link

ps - I like my orange button and numbers WAY WAY WAY more than having all silver.

Stumbled upon this the other day. This is my new favorite thing to do when browsing.

Interesting image you are sharing...*wink*

Even better, select copy URL, then use Download Manager, holding down the gesture area and pressing V will paste the link into Download Manager. This will download music and videos instead of streaming.

My screen is dead, want to get my music off the phone, what is the button sequence to get the phone in media sync?

Opt + Sym + U will put it in USB drive mode. I just learned that one a week ago. This is great if your touch panel pukes and you want your personal stuff off the drive. Good luck.

Opt + Sym + U will put it in USB drive mode. I just learned that one a week ago. This is great if your touch panel pukes and you want your personal stuff off the drive. Good luck.

Opt + Sym + U will put it in USB drive mode. I just learned that one a week ago. This is great if your touch panel pukes and you want your personal stuff off the drive. Good luck.

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is there a patch to enable open context menu while we holding press on a link?