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The Nokia N900 provides a rich variety of homescreen customisation options for users

  • Nokia N900 screen

    Step 1
    On the homescreen, swipe left or right to choose the homescreen panel you wish to change. Press and hold a free part of the display

  • Nokia N900 screen

    Step 2
    You can now set up the desktop view. Each item on the desktop already onscreen has a small x next to it. A short press deletes them from the homescreen

  • Nokia N900 screen

    Step 3
    You can drag and drop items to another part of the display by holding and dragging with your finger tip or stylus onscreen

  • Nokia N900 screen

    Step 4
    To add a new shortcut, widget, contact, bookmark or other item to the homesreen, press the Desktop Menu bar on top of the display. A menu of desktop options appears. Press the option you want to use

  • Nokia N900 screen

    Step 5a
    Pressing Add Shortcut brings up a list of around 30 shortcuts you can use

  • Nokia N900 screen

    Step 5b
    Pressing Add Widgets brings up a handful of application widget options

  • Nokia N900 screen

    Step 5c
    Pressing Add Contacts pulls up your contacts list

  • Nokia N900 screen

    Step 5d
    Tapping Add Bookmark brings up a list of bookmarks you've saved or which are pre-loaded onto the phone

  • Nokia N900 screen

    Step 6
    Scroll through whichever list you've selected and press the item you wish to add to the homescreen

  • Nokia N900 screen

    Step 7
    The new shortcut/widget/contact/bookmark/appears on the homescreen desktop

  • Nokia N900 screen

    Step 8
    Repeat the procedure outlined above to add additional application shortcuts. When you've added all you want (or deleted those you don't want displayed), press Done in the top right of the display

  • Nokia N900 screen

    Step 9
    You are now returned to the original homescreen desktop view with the new shortcuts or widgets added. You can reorder them by pressing and holding the screen and then dragging and dropping the items as required

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How to set up and customise the homescreen on the Nokia N900

Setting up the Nokia N900's homescreen with your favourite shortcuts, widgets, bookmarks and contacts

The Nokia N900 is a powerful smartphone that offers a neat touchscreen experience, based on Nokia's Maemo operating system.

The touchscreen user interface is highly customisable, with the homescreen set-up allowing for numerous shortcuts, application widgets, browser bookmarks and contacts to be added to the homescreen. These can be added or removed as much as you like.

The homescreen desktop comprises four joined panels that you can scroll between with a sideways finger swipe. This provides room for displaying whatever elements you want to have onscreen.

Should you wish to, you can also reduce the number of panels, change backgorunds and alter themes.

Widgets available on the N900 include an Ovi apps panel, RSS reader, Google apps, Location services and media player functions.

There are around shortcuts available to choose from, too, covering many of the functions and applications within the phone. You can add browser bookmarks to the homesceen just as easily, and contacts with photos, if they've been assigned one.

It's a very intuitive system to use. Here's how it works...

 

Setting up and customising the homescreen desktop

A selection of widgets and shortcuts come pre-loaded on the N900, but you can customise it to suit how you want to use the phone.

  1. On the homescreen, swipe left or right to choose the homescreen panel you wish to change. Press and hold a free part of the display.
  2. You can now set up the desktop view. Each item on the desktop already onscreen has a small x next to it. A short press deletes them from the homescreen.
  3. You can drag and drop items to another part of the display by holding and dragging with your finger tip or stylus onscreen.
  4. To add a new shortcut, widget, contact, bookmark or other item to the homesreen, press the Desktop Menu bar on top of the display. A menu of desktop options appears. Press the option you want to use.
  5. Pressing Add Shortcut brings up a list of around 30 shortcuts you can use. Pressing Add Widgets brings up a handful of options. Pressing Add Contacts pulls up your contacts list, while tapping Add Bookmark brings up a list of bookmarks you've saved or which are pre-loaded onto the phone.
  6. Scroll through whichever list you've selected and press the item you wish to add to the homescreen.
  7. The new shortcut/widget/contact/bookmark appears on the homescreen desktop.
  8. Repeat the procedure outlined above to add additional application shortcuts or other elements. When you've added all you want (or deleted those you don't want displayed), press Done in the top right of the display.
  9. You are now returned to the original homescreen desktop view with the new shortcuts or other elements added. You can reorder them by pressing and holding the screen and then dragging and dropping the items as required.
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