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Why you should banish your phone icon from the quick launch bar

by Adam Marks Fri, 25 Jun 2010 12:39 pm EDT

There are only a few spots available in the Quick Launch Bar on your webOS phone and, honestly, you really can get by quite well by taking the phone icon off. It was one of the first things I moved into the main launcher (see How to Move Icons on Launcher and Quick Bar). When I ask people why they still had the phone icon there, they usually answer “How else do you dial a phone number?”  Keep reading after the break to find out!

There are only a few spots available in the Quick Launch Bar on your webOS phone and, honestly, you really can get by quite well by taking the phone icon off. It was one of the first things I moved into the main launcher (see How to Move Icons on Launcher and Quick Bar). When I ask people why they still had the phone icon there, they usually answer “How else do you dial a phone number?”  Keep reading after the break to find out!

After I give out an audible {sigh}, I go on to explain how the “just start typing” metaphor works in webOS. Most people know Universal Search will search your contact list, but too many people don’t realize that you can just also dial a phone number the same way.  Here's how:

  1. Go to card view (swipe up or press the center button/LCD)
  2. Start typing a phone number using the keyboard. As long as you press only numbers, you do not need to press the Option (Orange/Silver) key.

  1. You will see the phone number start to appear at the top of the screen. Here is a sample if you press 1-234-567-8900.

  1. Once you type in the number, just press the key or tap the phone number on the top of the screen to launch the dialer
  • Note: If that number is not in your contact list, you can click “Save to Contacts” to add that phone number to an Existing or New Contact.  Otherwise, the contact associated with that number will appear.

At this point, there should only be 3 reasons to open up the Phone App Directly:

  1. To redial the last phone number
  2. To open up your Call History
  3.  To edit Phone Preference

So, since it’s so easy to dial a phone number without opening the Phone App, why would you need to keep it on your Quick Launch Bar?

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