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Know how to use Xiaomi Stock Browser (Tools Tips & tutorials, )

a. Navigate webpages with the following keys:

  • Enter a URL or search keyword.
  • Popular, Useful and Bookmark tabs.
  • Back
  • Forward
  • View thumbnails of all active browser tabs.
  • Open a new tab.
  • Menu button. Tap it for more options: Bookmark, Popular, Copy link and Share page.
  • Reading mode.
  • Refresh/reload
b. While browsing a webpage, use the following gestures:
  • Place 2 fingers on the screen and spread them apart or pinch them together to zoom in or out. Double tap the screen to return to the original size.
  • Double tap on a particular part of the screen that you would like to zoom in, and then double tap again to return to the original size.
  • While scrolling up a webpage, the navigation bars at both top and bottom will hide automatically. To “unhide”, simply slide down on the screen.
c. How to set the homepage ?
  • On the Browser, tap the Menu button and select Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Set homepage.
  • Select either Default start page or Custom. The Custom option lets you enter your own URL.
d. How to access home page quickly ?
Unfortunately, the Browser doesn’t feature a Home button (which I don’t think it’s necessary anyway)that allows you to access your home page as quickly as you wish. The workarounds that I could think of are either opening a new tab or using bookmarks.
e. How to open a new tab/window ?
  • On the Browser, tap  to open a new tab/window.
f. How to close the tabs ?
  • On the Browser, do a slide up gesture on the Tab icon  .
  • To close all tabs, tap the Tab icon   and follow by  . If you’re prompted for a confirmation, tapOK.
g. How to use incognito mode on the Browser ?

    • On the Browser, tap the Menu button and select New incognito mode.
    • The tab in incognito mode features grey toolbar with the  icon.
h. How to bookmark a website ?

    • While viewing the site that you want to bookmark, tap the Menu button on the navigation bar, and select bookmark.
    • To see all your bookmarks, tap the phone Menu button and select Bookmarks.
i. How to download an image on a website ?
  • On the Browser, long tap the image and select Save image.
  • The image will be downloaded to the default download folder on phone storage.
j. Where can I find the history list ?
  • If you’re using the default start page as the homepage, then should see the following 3 tabs :PopularUseful and Bookmark.
  • Tap Bookmarks.
  • Tap Browsing history.
Note: I’ve yet to figure a way to view Browsing history if you’ve a custom homepage. Anyone ?
k. How to find a string/text on a website ?
  • On the Browser, tap the Menu button, and select Find on page.
  • Enter the text in the search text box.
l. How do you get auto fill on the Browser ?
  • On the Browser, tap the Menu button and select Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Toggle the Form auto-fill switch to turn on and off.
m. How to save downloads to a custom folder or external SDcard ?
  • On the Browser, tap the Menu button and select Settings.
  • Tap Advanced.
  • Select Put downloaded files in .. to change the path/folder.
n. How to change the default search engine on the Browser ?
  • On the Browser, tap the Menu button, and then select Settings.
  • Tap Advanced.
  • Tap Set search engine to choose a search engine you want.
o. How to share a webpage ?
  • On the Browser, access the site that you want to share.
  • Tap the Menu button on the navigation bar, and then select Share page.
  • Select a method to share.
p. How to search with voice on the Browser ?
  • Tap the search bar.
  • Open the notification panel at the top of the screen,and tap Choose input method.
  • Select Google voice typing.
  • Tap to speak the keyword and tap to pause.
q. How to turn on night mode ?
  • On the Browser, tap the Menu button, and select Enable night mode.
  • Now, the browser will change to a dark background with illuminated fonts which are good for reading in the dark.
r. How to add and remove useful links on the default start page ?
To delete a useful link thumbnail:
  • Long tap any thumbnail on the Useful screen,
  • Tap  for the thumbnails you want to remove.
To add a useful link thumbnail:
  • On the Browser, browse the website you want to add to the Useful screen.
  • Tap the Menu icon on navigation bar, and select Popular.
  • On the Add to start page screen, tap OK.

Note: The steps here were written for Android 4.2.2 on a Redmi (HM1W). If you’re having a different model of Redmi or other version of MIUI, there’s a possibility that the steps and screenshots will be different

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