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How To Video: Kindle Fire tips and tricks
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How To Video: Kindle Fire tips and tricks

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Once you get the new Kindle Fire in your hands, there are a few basics you should know. Join Sharon Vaknin for this Kindle Fire primer.

Hi, guys. I'm Sharon Vaknin for CNET.com and I've got a few tips and tricks that every Kindle Fire owner should know. First before we do anything else, you've got to secure your device like if it's ever lost or stolen no one can access your personal data. At the top, tap the settings icon, then More. Now head to Security and turn the Lock Screen Password on. You'll be asked to enter a password so that whenever you unlock your Kindle, that password will be required. Now that that's taken care of, one of the first things you'll notice in the main screen is the carousel. This is where everything like books, apps, recent web pages and play lists are displayed. Right below that are some shelves where you can add your favorite items. To add something, long press it in the carousel and select Add To Favorites. If you ever wanna remove it just long press it and tap Remove. You can also rearrange these icons by tapping, holding and dragging it wherever you want. Another thing you should do as you get started is finding the bookmarks in your web browser. When you launch the web you'll see some pre-loaded bookmarks to popular websites but if you wanna get rid of some, just tap and hold an icon and select Delete. To add a bookmark, go to the webpage you wanna add, tap the Bookmarks icon then tap the plus sign over here. Give it a name, tap okay and your new bookmark will be displayed and here's another must have tip that's pretty easy to miss. You'll probably be doing some writing. Twitting or Facebooking on your Kindle in which case copying and pasting will come in handy. To copy a text, long press the word, drag the markers to fit around the text and tap it. Then to paste it, long press any text field and tap paste. So those are just a few tips to get you started but if you have any tricks worth sharing, let me know on Twitter or my Facebook page. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin.

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