16 Replies Latest reply on Dec 23, 2011 1:30 PM by geatdanemomDT

    About the "n" Button Issue

      Just a quick question--not a criticism--for those of you who are bothered about having to press "n" to go back instead of using the old touchscreen virtual "button"--

       

      Currently, there is an alternative to pushing the button.  You can swipe your finger left at the bottom of the screen rather than pushing the "n."  Is it really that much more trouble to swipe left than it was to push the virtual "back" button? 

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          Not much more trouble at all - just didn't discover it until very recently. 

           

          I found quite a few other ways to avoid the "n" button. Adding the media bar helps a lot as well as the back swiping. Using the other home pages for apps and books I use often is another. But the most helpful was creating an html doc with my favorite web shortcuts in large print (for easy touch & go) that I placed on my homepage. I don't have to use the "n" button now for anything other than waking my Nook up. 

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              dfehling wrote:

              Not much more trouble at all - just didn't discover it until very recently. 

               

              I found quite a few other ways to avoid the "n" button. Adding the media bar helps a lot as well as the back swiping. Using the other home pages for apps and books I use often is another. But the most helpful was creating an html doc with my favorite web shortcuts in large print (for easy touch & go) that I placed on my homepage. I don't have to use the "n" button now for anything other than waking my Nook up. 


              For someone like myself (html stupid) can you tell us how to do this please?  :smileyhappy:

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                how do you add a media bar?

                 

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                  dfehling wrote:

                  Not much more trouble at all - just didn't discover it until very recently. 

                   

                  I found quite a few other ways to avoid the "n" button. Adding the media bar helps a lot as well as the back swiping. Using the other home pages for apps and books I use often is another. But the most helpful was creating an html doc with my favorite web shortcuts in large print (for easy touch & go) that I placed on my homepage. I don't have to use the "n" button now for anything other than waking my Nook up. 


                  Brilliant...brilliant...brilliant!  A laurel to you dfehling!  I just placed a Word doc with my most used web links on my NC home page and it works like a charm!  Even if I wasn't trying to not use the N button, this is a great idea! Thanks!

                • Re: About the "n" Button Issue

                  richardwrite25 wrote:

                   Is it really that much more trouble to swipe left than it was to push the virtual "back" button? 



                  Not now that you pointed out it's existence. 

                  • Re: About the "n" Button Issue

                    richardwrite25 wrote:

                    Just a quick question--not a criticism--for those of you who are bothered about having to press "n" to go back instead of using the old touchscreen virtual "button"--

                     

                    Currently, there is an alternative to pushing the button.  You can swipe your finger left at the bottom of the screen rather than pushing the "n."  Is it really that much more trouble to swipe left than it was to push the virtual "back" button? 


                    Hmm, I was excited to read this. But I've tried this many times but a bottom left-swipe for me doesn't do anything with 1.4.1. Is there a setting I need to change? Does anyone else find this not working?

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                        CraigAZ wrote:

                        richardwrite25 wrote:

                        Just a quick question--not a criticism--for those of you who are bothered about having to press "n" to go back instead of using the old touchscreen virtual "button"--

                         

                        Currently, there is an alternative to pushing the button.  You can swipe your finger left at the bottom of the screen rather than pushing the "n."  Is it really that much more trouble to swipe left than it was to push the virtual "back" button? 


                        Hmm, I was excited to read this. But I've tried this many times but a bottom left-swipe for me doesn't do anything with 1.4.1. Is there a setting I need to change? Does anyone else find this not working?


                        CraigAZ - Here is where to swipe (red arrow):

                         

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                            dfehling wrote:

                            CraigAZ wrote:

                            richardwrite25 wrote:

                            Just a quick question--not a criticism--for those of you who are bothered about having to press "n" to go back instead of using the old touchscreen virtual "button"--

                             

                            Currently, there is an alternative to pushing the button.  You can swipe your finger left at the bottom of the screen rather than pushing the "n."  Is it really that much more trouble to swipe left than it was to push the virtual "back" button? 


                            Hmm, I was excited to read this. But I've tried this many times but a bottom left-swipe for me doesn't do anything with 1.4.1. Is there a setting I need to change? Does anyone else find this not working?


                            CraigAZ - Here is where to swipe (red arrow):

                             



                            Thanks for the image. As with yours, my black bottom shows the clock/battery/wifi to the right. I also have towards the left: a "book being read" icon and a "SD card inserted" icon. All the icons can be tapped and worked as expected.

                             

                            But I can swipe left in the black area till the cows come home and get no response. I've started and stopped my left-swipe attempts at different locations but every left swipe in the bottom black area does nothing.

                             

                            Swipes work for page turns in books, swipes work in the top two thirds of my screen to go to the left and right home screens, but zip happens in the bottom black, the odd grey bar above the black bar, and in the lower quarter or so where the current book being read and newly opened apps will appear (unless I have four+ items there--then I can swipe to slide them).

                             

                            [A few minutes later]

                             

                            Oh wait, maybe I'm expected something different. When anywhere other than my home page, a left-swipe does bring me back to the home page of my nc. Thanks for the tip.

                             

                            What I had been looking for was a replacement for the "n" button when at the home page; i.e., bringing up a Home/Library/Shop/Search/Apps/Web/Settings bar just above the black bar. Can someone confirm that a left-swipe will not bring up this option and that only a "n" press will do it?

                             

                            Thanks.

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                          CharFL

                          the "virtual back button" brought up a menu..that included "device info", "apps" ect.

                          so if you are not interested in going back....say you want to connect to wifi (because you don't always stay connected), you cannot get to that choice by swiping left. also, if you don't want all of your apps ect. on you home pages..(which i have now had to move there...i will get to used it..not really a big deal)...then you have to use the "N" to get to the library.

                           

                          so instead of us trying to figure out work arounds, such at html shortcuts placed on the home page to access websites...why doesn't B&N give us the option to choose whether we want to use the "N" or the old touch screen arrow menu???

                           

                          i think that they will likely give us this option in the next upgrade..if not, we will all be over it (myself included) and be used to giving the "N" a good workout! :smileyhappy:

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                              CharFL wrote:

                              the "virtual back button" brought up a menu..that included "device info", "apps" ect.

                              so if you are not interested in going back....say you want to connect to wifi (because you don't always stay connected), you cannot get to that choice by swiping left. also, if you don't want all of your apps ect. on you home pages..(which i have now had to move there...i will get to used it..not really a big deal)...then you have to use the "N" to get to the library.

                               

                              so instead of us trying to figure out work arounds, such at html shortcuts placed on the home page to access websites...why doesn't B&N give us the option to choose whether we want to use the "N" or the old touch screen arrow menu???

                               

                              i think that they will likely give us this option in the next upgrade..if not, we will all be over it (myself included) and be used to giving the "N" a good workout! :smileyhappy:


                              You can tap on the bottom right near the clock to bring up the option to turn on your wifi, adjust the brightness and other quick settings. From there you can also tap the little gear at the top right to bring up your whole setting page to do whatever else you want. Turning on the media shortcuts gives you easy access to your library, apps, etc.

                              I agree, it would be great if B&N would just give us back our touch screen menu - but since that is unlikely to happen any time soon, these are just some ideas of how to get around that for now.

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                              NookGardener

                              richardwrite25 wrote:

                               

                              Currently, there is an alternative to pushing the button.  You can swipe your finger left at the bottom of the screen rather than pushing the "n."  Is it really that much more trouble to swipe left than it was to push the virtual "back" button? 


                              Nope, actually like using the back swipe feature.  But backswiping won't get you to the web, 

                               

                              But CaptainGuy has come along and saved the day again!  (Admittedly, the gray book cover thing is a bit boring for my homescreen, but I will just put it on one of the sidepanels.)

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                                  CharFL

                                  amazing thread!!!!!!

                                  these workarounds are great!

                                   

                                  .... tap the "battery" icon at the bottom right of the screen to get to the "quick settings" menu to get connected to wifi....(then tap on the button at the top right of that menu if i need to fiddle with mroe setttings)

                                   

                                  ....do the left swipe to get back to home screen...

                                  ....then access html shortcuts to pull up web & get online as described by dfehling

                                  THANK YOU SO MUCH! your posts have been most helpful! :smileyhappy:

                                   

                                  ...still would rather have the touchscreen "arrow" menu.....but this works for now! :smileyhappy:

                                   

                                   

                                • Re: About the "n" Button Issue
                                  patgolfneb
                                  Droidaddict, the swipe they are referring to is at the bottom of the display, in the darkest border area.
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                                      > Droidaddict, the swipe they are referring to is at the bottom of the display, in the darkest border area. <

                                       

                                      Pat, I think he knows that.  What Droidaddict was referring to is that a swipe from right-to-left in a book moves you forward.  To page backwards requires a left-to-right swipe.  Which is correct.

                                       

                                      DA, while this does seem bassakwards :smileywink:, just think of it as a special control, rather than a page.  And the motion you're making indicates where you want to go.  You're starting at the right, and you stroke left to return to what came before.

                                       

                                      I agree it can be confusing, if you try to tie it to a book-page metaphor.  Instead, "Go left, young man" as they used to say.  :smileyhappy:

                                       

                                      - Mark

                                       

                                    • Re: About the "n" Button Issue

                                      I have found the media shortcut option on the home page a great time saver, and it avoids repeated use of the N button.  I do agree that the daily shelf seems to have a bug; stuff shows up on it for no reason even though I have turned off all use of the daily shelf.  Hopefully this bug will get addressed soon.