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Search on Your BlackBerry Smartphone

These useful tips and tricks can help you  improve your knowledge on how to search for everything from email messages to contacts, calendar entries, and tasks on your BlackBerry® smartphone. You can even save specific search criteria for future use. Here’s how:

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Search for messages
You can save your search criteria so that you can repeat your search at another time.

  1. In a message list, press the Menu key.
  2. Click Search.
  3. Set the search criteria (for instance you could search for a word like: “urgent” or specify a contact name—see more details below).
  4. Click the trackball or trackwheel.
  5. Perform one of the following actions:
    • To save the search criteria, click Save. Add a title (such as “search ‘urgent’”). Click the trackball or trackwheel. Click Save.
    • To search the message list without saving your search criteria, click Search.
    • To search the message list using the criteria from your last search, click Last. Click the trackball or trackwheel to select your search. Click Search.
    To stop a search, press the back key. See the end of this list for search shortcuts.

Search criteria
You can search by several criteria, such as:

  • Name: Specify one or more contacts or email addresses that the search should find in messages. You can also specify part of the name to widen the search.
  • In: Set in which address field the search should find the name.
  • Subject: Type text that the search should find in the subject of messages.
  • Message: Type text that the search should find in the body of messages.
  • Folder: Set the folders in which the search should find messages.
  • Show: Set the types of messages that the search should find.
  • Type: Set which messages the search should find.
  • Service: If your BlackBerry smartphone is associated with more than one email account, set the type of email account from which the search should find messages.
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View a list of saved searches
  1. In a message list, press the Menu key.
  2. Click Search.
  3. Press the Menu key.
  4. Click Recall.
Change a saved search
  1. In the list of saved searches, highlight a search.
  2. Press the Menu key.
  3. Click Edit Search.
  4. Edit the search criteria.
  5. Press the Menu key.
  6. Click Save.
Delete a saved search
  1. In the list of saved searches, highlight a search.
  2. Press the Menu key.
  3. Click Delete Search.
Search for messages by contact or subject
  1. In a message list, highlight a message.
  2. Press the Menu key.
  3. Click one of the following menu items:
    • Search Sender
    • Search Recipient
    • Search Subject

Search for text in a message, attachment, or web page
To search for text in a presentation attachment, verify that you are viewing the presentation in text view or in text and slide view.

  1. In a message, attachment, or web page, press the Menu key.
  2. Click Find.
  3. Type the text.
  4. Press the Enter key.

To search for the next instance of the text, press the Menu key. Click Find Next.

Search for organizer data and messages that contain specific information
  1. In the search application, perform any of the following actions:
    • In the Text field, type text or a phone number to search for.
    • In the Name field, type a contact name to search for.
  2. Select one or more applications.
  3. Press the Menu key.
  4. Click Search.

Note: If you type more than one word in the Text or Name fields, only items that contain all the words appear. The BlackBerry smartphone does not search file attachments if you search messages. To stop a search, press the Escape key.

Search shortcuts
  • To search for a contact in a list of contacts, type the contact name or initials separated by a space.
  • To search for text in a message, press S.
  • To search for text in an attachment or on a web page, press F.
  • To search for text in a presentation attachment, verify that you are viewing the presentation in text view or in text and slide view. Press F.

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