How to Delete Photos on a BlackBerry PlayBook

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Bezel Swiping is Your Friend

To start, swipe downward from the top bezel of your BlackBerry PlayBook. Photo by Jason Hidalgo

When describing the BlackBerry PlayBook’s interface, the word “different” comes to mind. And while it’s undoubtedly a nice breath of fresh air, figuring out how to do stuff can be quite tricky, especially for new tablet converts. In fact, it might even make you feel like an idiot.

Take erasing a photo from your tablet for instance. Erasing a photo from other touch interfaces typically involves bringing the photo up, touching and holding either the image or an icon somewhere and voila — a "delete" option for your image appears.

But that isn’t the case for the BlackBerry. To delete a photo from Research in Motion’s tablet, you’ll first need to swipe down from the top bezel while the photo is highlighted. Go ahead. Swipe from the top down and you’ll see.

Note: Please don’t be confused by the Facebook page on the image above. That is actually a screenshot of the Facebook login page that I accidentally took (that’s why I’m deleting it). How do you take a screenshot with the BlackBerry PlayBook you ask? Well. go ahead and check out my BlackBerry PlayBook screenshot tutorial. (Why, yes, that was a shameless plug.)

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Tap the Garbage Can Icon on the BlackBerry PlayBook Drop Down Menu

Tap the garbage can icon on the upper right screen of your BlackBerry PlayBook. Photo by Jason Hidalgo

Once you swipe downward from the top bezel, you’ll bring up a drop-down, horizontal window that shows your images. Ooooohhhh....

Now stop drooling and make sure the photo you want erased is highlighted. Prepare to say goodbye to this cruel world, you unwanted collection of pixels!

Once the offending image is highlighted, turn your attention toward the top right of the BlackBerry PlayBook screen. See that garbage can icon? I think you’re getting the idea, buddy!

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Delete the Image from Your BlackBerry PlayBook

Tap the 'Delete' button to erase the highlighted image. Photo by Jason Hidalgo

Tap the garbage icon and your BlackBerry PlayBook will bring up a pop-up window giving you the choice for either “Cancel” or “Delete.” I’ll give you ONE guess as to which one deletes the photo. No worries, take your time. I know it’s a doozy.

Anywho, once you tap the correct button, your image will be sent to the Netherworld where all deleted photos go — a great spot by the way for images you take of yourself while shirtless in front of the bathroom mirror.

And that’s it! For more about tablets, don’t forget to check out our Tablet and Slate PC section.

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