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    Blackberry shortcuts, tips & tricks

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    I combined your list with some from PDA Prophet, others from the BBUsers egroup mail list, and a few of my own:

    ALT key = the orange key on the lower left
    CAP key = bottom right key (AKA SHIFT key)

    In General
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    1) Hold the ALT key while you roll the thumb-wheel to scroll horizontally in any field where you can enter or view text.

    2) Hold the ALT key while you roll the thumb-wheel to scroll through a field to view options.

    3) Hold the CAP key while you roll the thumb-wheel to select multiple items in a list.

    4) Type the first letter of an item in an options list or menu to jump directly to that item.

    5) Type the first letters of a name or the initials separated by a space to find a contact in the Address Book screen.

    6) Press C to create a new message, task, or appointment in the Messages, Saved Messages, Calendar, and Tasks functions.

    7) Rearrange the ribbon: In the Home screen (ribbon), hold the ALT key and click the thumb-wheel to select an icon. Roll the thumb-wheel to move the icon to another position and click the thumb-wheel to "drop" it into the new position on the ribbon.

    8 ) The Blackberry display can be backlit to allow reading messages in the dark. To get the light to come on, hit the orange ALT key three times. This provides sufficient light for reading messages; doesn't help with using the keyboard in the dark, though. The light goes out automatically after a few seconds of inactivity.

    9) Turning the radio off and back on when coverage is spotty and you've lost signal seems to help.

    10) Password protect your BB. To set a password, go to the Options menu to the Security item. Set the desired timeout (I use 15 minutes) and enable/set a password. In conjunction with this, you should also go to the Options menu to the Owner item, and enter your name, phone number, etc. When the password protection kicks in, this is what is displayed on the screen.

    11) After five incorrect attempts at typing in your password, the password starts echoing (figuring you really need all the help you can get). After ten attempts, it performs a lobotomy on itself and almost all data is cleared. The Memo database, however, is retained and visible.

    12) To support more than one signature. Wipe out your auto-signature in the Redirector of the Desktop Software and just use 'AutoText' to configure alternate sigs.


    In the Message List
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    (Some of these work in tasks, memos, and appointments also)

    Sorting:
    1) ALT-i: show only incoming mail

    2) ALT-o: show only outgoing mail (messages you have sent - i.e. checkmark icon)

    Navigating:
    1) t: go to top of message listing

    2) b: go to end/bottom of message listing

    3) backspace: close message listing and return to home screen (ribbon)

    Deleting multiple messages at once:
    1) Highlight a date (i.e. Fri, Oct 05,2001) in the message list, hit the thumb-wheel and select delete prior. All messages prior to that date will be deleted.

    2) Hold down the CAP key and use the thumb-wheel to scroll up or down to select messages. Click the thumb-wheel and select 'Delete Messages'. Combine this with a sorting tip to make it even more useful (i.e. To delete the last 5 messages that you have sent (checkmarks), press 'ALT' then the letter 'o' (for outgoing) this will show all of your sent messages, then per this tip scroll down and select the last five.


    While In A Message
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    Navigating:
    1) enter: scroll down a page/screen at a time

    2) ALT-enter: scroll back a page/screen at a time

    3) b: scroll to end of page

    4) t: scroll to top of page

    5) u: jump to closest unread message

    6) n: jump to next message

    7) p: jump to previous message

    8 ) backspace: close message and return to message listing

    Reply-to/Forward:
    1) a: reply to or answer this message

    2) f: forward this message

    Select Text (OS v2.1+):
    1) Press the CAP key and then scroll the thumb-wheel to select. If you release the CAP key and scroll the thumb-wheel you will select entire lines. Press the CAP key again at any time to start selecting by character again.

    2) Hold down ALT key + CLICK the thumb-wheel (click it don't hold it down), release the thumb-wheel and then use it to scroll whole lines. You can press and hold the ALT key at anytime to start selecting by character again.

    With either method, click the thumb-wheel and select 'Cut Selection' or 'Copy Selection'... to paste, open a new message or whatever, click the thumb-wheel, and then select 'Paste Selection'.

    Composing Message
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    1) Press and hold a letter to capitalize it (with Key Rate enabled).

    2) Press the SPACE key twice to insert a period and capitalize the next letter.

    3) Press the SPACE key to insert the "@" and "." characters in an Email field. Backspace and type again to over-ride this like you would with AutoText.

    4) Press and hold a letter key and roll the thumb-wheel to scroll through international/accent characters, equation symbols and other marks.

    Calendar
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    1) Press T to go to "Today" in the Calendar screen.

    2) Press G to go to a specific date in the Calendar screen.

    3) The default date range for Calendar synchronization in Desktop Manager may not suit most people. While configuring the Calendar synchronization, click the Advanced button and specify the desired range.

    Battery
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    1) The largest draw on battery life is the transmitter, so if you are transmitting a lot, you can expect reduced battery life.

    2) Being in fringe or no coverage areas will eat up your battery as it attempts to transmit. If you're in an area that is out of range, turn your BB's radio off manually or use Options / Auto On Off to conserve battery life.

    3) Generally speaking (you can get higher rated ones) rechargeable batteries only last about half as long as standard alkaline battery.

    4) Energizer e2 Photo Lithium batteries tend to last the longest for me. However, they are more expensive and when they finally start to go, have another on hand because they drain quickly at that point.


    Geek Tips
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    1) Rather than looking at the bars, you can change the display of the 'percentage of battery remaining' and the 'signal strength' to read in real numbers. While at the home screen (ribbon), hold down the orange ALT key while you type DBON. The bars should change to read numbers. For the 'signal strength', if you are in the 100 area (that means -100 dBm), you will be transmitting at maximum power (2 Watts), and since coverage is hit and miss at this weak a signal, you may end up transmitting many times before the packets make it through. This might help explain any poorer than normal battery life.

    2) To get the bars back: While at the home screen (ribbon), hold down the orange ALT key while you type DBOF.

    3) Hold down the orange ALT key -AND- the CAP key at the same time, then the letter 'b'. This will show you the 'Device Status' screen with extended battery info and other stuff. This tip should work from any screen.

    4) Hold down the orange ALT key -AND- the CAP key at the same time, then the letter 'r'. This will show you the 'Radio Status' screen. Clicking on some of the info opens up news windows. Pressing the letter 'p' while on the 'Radio Status' screen sends a packet to the system which will send your BB an acknowledgement in return. This is useful if you are in a weak signal area and want to stop your BB from searching for other sites. You can do this and your BB might stay there long enough to let you send that message that you might normally be in a too weak of an area to send. Also, pressing the letter "b" on this screen will get you the same 'Device Status' screen as tip #3 above. This tip should work from any screen.

    5) ALT-CAP-Backspace will reboot your BB.


    You can find more general usage tips in the User's Guides forum.


    Thanks to PinStack.com member: Gerald W. Gaston Email: gwgaston@yahoo.com

    More useful info:

    Setting Up Groups To Make Email Easier
    If you constantly find yourself CC-ing the same group of people you may want to form an email group to make composing and sending emails faster. Just like the name applies, you associate several emails together to form a group address. A good use for group emails are situations like a new development team or department.

    To form a group address do the following:
    1. Go into Address Book.
    2. Wheel click and New Group.
    3. Enter the name of your new group address.
    4. Add people to your group and Save.


    Push Weather Information Right To Your Blackberry
    In a demonstration of the 'push' capabilities of the Blackberry technology, RIM has released a push weather information service. You can register for the service to get weather information pushed directly to your handheld either once or twice a day. This service is not new, it's atleast a year old but use to only function on a limited amount of carriers but it now seems available on most carriers and handhelds running OS 4.0+.

    What we're hoping for are additional push services like sports results and possibly stock information.
    To sign up to get weather pushed to your handheld, just visit the following website on your Blackberry:

    http://mobile.blackberry.com/mss/category_push

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    The autotext for the signature is a GREAT idea!

    The BWC client always includes it at the bottom of messages regardless of if it's a reply or not. So when you reply and use the autosig fromBWC you get two, three and more of your signatures atacked up at the very bottom of the original message instead of at the bottom of the message you jsut typed.

    Cool!


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    yup it sure is!

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    Re: 014 Blackberry shortcuts and tips

    Thank you. That is a great deal of very valuable information for a tech idiot like me, LOL.

    Eric

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    Re: 014 Blackberry shortcuts and tips

    It seems like a lot of these tips don't work on my 8700c. Is this others' experience, or am I just doing something wrong?

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    Re: 014 Blackberry shortcuts and tips

    great info
    holla atcha boy

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    Re: Blackberry shortcuts, tips & tricks

    thanks for the tips

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    Re: Blackberry shortcuts, tips & tricks

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    Re: Blackberry shortcuts, tips & tricks

    ~~Posted via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~~Will these tips work on the 7290?

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    Re: Blackberry shortcuts, tips & tricks

    Yeah i noticed the 8700 seems to have changed alot of the shortcuts.. Time to relearn everything... Personally I am kind of upset they removed the arrow navigation buttons that you could use instead of the Wheel

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    Re: Blackberry shortcuts, tips & tricks

    I'm new to this site and info like this is helpful. New to BB also.

    Looking for a better information manager, calander, tasks etc. really don't like the manager on my 7100t.

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    Re: Blackberry shortcuts, tips & tricks

    Does someone know how can I change or erase de BB signature at the bottom of every email send?

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    Re: Blackberry shortcuts, tips & tricks

    Log into your BB account. Go to Setup Internet Email. Click Edit next to the BB email address. Scroll down to where the signature is and delete it. Then click Save.

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    Re: Blackberry shortcuts, tips & tricks

    can someone please tell me how to unlock this att bb i got from ebay so I can use any isp????help barbara that is barbieiam@verizon.net

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    Re: Blackberry shortcuts, tips & tricks

    Quote Originally Posted by abarbie
    can someone please tell me how to unlock this att bb i got from ebay so I can use any isp????help barbara that is barbieiam@verizon.net
    you need to call the ISP of the original carrier
    beyond that i'm not sure how to GET them to unlock it but just tell them the cirucumstances

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