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Five Windows Phone 7 tipsThink you've mastered Windows Phone 7? Uncover these five useful tips and tricks.
Hey everyone, I'm Sharon Vaknin for CNET.com and this video goes out to all Windows Phone 7 owners. I recently got to play with one of these phones and found a few tips to share with you. Let's start with the calculator. At first glance, it's a standard calculator, but rotated it to landscape mode and you'll see a full scientific calculator. Rotate it to left to see one set of options and right to see another. Of course, one of your most used tools will be the camera. If your phone is ever lagged and you wanna capture a moment really fast, hold the camera button for 3 seconds, the camera will launch and you can start taking pictures right away. Now, what sets Windows Phone 7 apart from any other platform? Is it startscreen or you can quickly access your favorite apps. You might already know some basics like how you can rearrange pins by holding and dragging or remove them by long pressing and tapping the icon. And if you wanna add more apps, just head to apps list and long press any app and tap pin to start. But when nobody told you was that you can also pin websites and contacts. Head to the website you want to pin and zoom in on the area of the page that you want to see in the tile. Then, hit the 3 dots at the bottom and select pin to start. To pin the contact, head to people, long press the contact, and select pin to start. Now, just rearrange your pins and enjoy your new customize homescreen. You might have noticed that I'm doing a lot of long pressing. Well, that's how Windows Phone 7 works. You can basically tap and hold anything to get more options. For example, try it in your e-mail, apps list or calendar to see all the extra options you might have missed. Another thing that remains constant in Windows Phone 7 is the set of 3 dots that appears in various places. Press and hold those dots anytime to launch a menu. In Internet Explorer, it gives you access to browsing, sharing and more and in pictures it let you change the background and view more setting. Those are just a few tips that you might find handy as you play around of these options. Let me know if you find any other cool tricks on my Facebook page and don't forget to visit howto.cnet.com for more videos like this. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin and I'll see you on the interwebs.