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Tips! Tricks! Shortcuts!

Tips! Tricks! Shortcuts!

The BlackBerry Connection newsletter guide to the tips you need to know to become a BlackBerry smartphone pro

We regularly provide tips and tricks that let you get more out of your BlackBerry® smartphone. This month, we’ve asked coworkers at Research In Motion (RIM) for some of their favorite tips, tricks and shortcuts. We got so many, we’ll be providing you with even more next month!


Email and Messaging Tips

Because so much communication is done through email and text messaging, it’s important to master the messaging tools on your smartphone. Here are some tips to help you write and manage your messages faster than ever.

Insert a period

When typing in an email or text message, press the space bar twice. In a web address, press the spacebar once.

Insert the @ sign

When typing in an email address, press the space bar.

Use spell check

Use spell check

Eliminate typos! In the device options, click on Spell Check and set your preferences.

Capitalize a letter

Hold the letter key until the capitalized letter appears.

Highlight text

Press the Shift key and scroll across the text with the trackball.

Cut/Copy text

Highlight text and then click the trackball. Click Cut or Copy.

Paste text

After you have cut or copied text, place the cursor where you want to paste it. Click the trackball and click Paste.

View messages

To view only received messages in a message list, press the Alt key and the I key (press the 3 key if you have a SureType device). To view only sent messages, the Alt key and the O key (press the ? key if you have a SureType device). Click the Escape key to view all messages again.

Separate messages

Separate text and email messages into their own message lists. In a message list, click the Menu key and click Options. Click General Options and set the SMS and Email Inboxes to Separate.

Messaging Shortcuts

  QWERTY Shortcut SureType Shortcut
Go to top of a message Press T Press 1
Go to bottom of a message Press B Press 7
Reply to a message Press R Press exclamation mark key
Reply to all in a message Press L Press the question mark key
Forward a message Press F Press the period key

Mailbox Shortcuts

  QWERTY Shortcut SureType Shortcut
Compose a new message Press C Press the comma key
View Inbox Press ALT+I Press the Alt key and 3
View Outbox Press ALT+O
Mark message as opened/unopened Press ALT+U
Go to the top of screen Press the Shift key and the Spacebar Press the Shift key and the Spacebar
Go to the bottom of screen Press the Spacebar Press the Spacebar
Go to top of mailbox Press T Press 1
Go to bottom of mailbox Press B Press 7
Go to the next date Press N Press 6
Go to previous date Press P Press 4
Go to next unopened item Press U

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