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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!


In this issue:


Call Tips

Here are a few tips to help you use your smartphone’s calling features like a pro.

Use the speakerphone

Your BlackBerry smartphone has a speakerphone. Turn it on or off during a call by pressing the speakerphone key.

Answer a second call

To answer a second call, press the Menu key, click Answer – Hold Current. To return to the first call, press the Menu key and click Flash or Swap.

View recent calls on the Home screen

To quickly view your most recent calls on the Home screen, press the green Send key.

Make an emergency call

Your BlackBerry smartphone can make emergency calls even if it is locked. If the wireless connection is off when you initiate a call, your device will connect to the network.

Find your phone number

We all suffer from brain freeze at times. Forgot your own phone number? In phone mode, your number appears at the top of the screen. If you have more than one number, your active phone number will appear.

Use speed dial

To call a number that’s been assigned a speed dial key, simply hold down that key while in phone mode, on the Home screen, in a message, or in a message list.

Add speed dial

In the Call Log, highlight a contact or phone number. Press the Menu key. Click Add Speed Dial.

Search for a contact

To search for a person in your contact list, type the contact name or initials separated by a space.


Phone Shortcuts

The following shortcuts can be used in the Phone application or during a phone call.

Include an extension with a phone number

After you type a phone number, press the Alt key and the X key. Type the extension number.

Assign a speed dial number

From the Home screen or in phone mode, hold the key you want to assign. If you haven’t already assigned a speed-dial number to the key, you’ll be prompted to enter a number.

Access Voicemail

Hold down the 1 key.


Customization Tips

Because no two people are alike, no two BlackBerry smartphones need to be alike, either. Here are some tips to get you started customizing your BlackBerry smartphone to be the perfect smartphone for you.

Customize the Convenience key

Customize the Convenience key

Customize your right and left convenience keys as you wish. On the Home screen click Options. Click Screen/Keyboard and set your preferences. You can set the convenience keys to open any application on your BlackBerry smartphone or access phone features, such as the Options or Help menus.

Change themes

Change themes

On the Home screen, click Options. Click Theme and set your preferred view.


Create a custom background

Create a custom background

Set your favorite picture as your background. On the Home screen, click Media. Click Pictures. Click a category. Highlight a picture. Press the Menu key. Click Set As Home Screen Image.


Change your ring tone

Change your ring tone

To change your ring tone, do the following: From the Home screen, press the Menu key. Select Media and click Ring Tones. Next, click All Ring Tones and then scroll through the selections. Highlight the one you want, press the Menu key and then select Set As Ring Tone.


Change backlighting options

Change backlighting options

You can save power by managing your screen settings. From the Home screen, press the Menu key. Click Options. Click Screen/Keyboard and adjust the brightness and timeout settings. Lowering the brightness of the backlighting and decreasing the time before your smartphone times out will enhance battery life.

Change your screen and keyboard settings

Change your screen and keyboard settings

Customize your screen and trackball or touch screen settings. From the Home screen, press the Menu key. Click Options menu. Click Screen/Keyboard and set your preferences.



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! From the Home screen, click 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

Next issue, we give you even more tips. Check back to learn how to take advantage of your web browser, camera, Bluetooth capabilities—and much more.

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