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    BlackBerry Storm Tips and Tricks

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    Starting a list of some useful tips and tricks for
    the Storm. Feel free to add more
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    Are you struck with the only one theme blues?
    Don't fret, there is a little bit of snazziness you can add to
    differentiate your Storm from every one else's.

    Go to options > advanced options > Accessibility.
    Here you can adjust the contrast of your menus and icons.
    Set Contrast to Reverse for a funky light blue looking theme.
    Set Contrast to Greyscale for a Storm circa 1929.
    *(They both change most functions on the device as specified,
    sparring a few exceptions).

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    Your favorite app not working with the Storm? Before you give
    up all hope, check to see if it's running in compatibility mode.
    Options > advanced options > applications > highlight the app >
    press menu key and enable/disable compatibilty mode.
    I cannot guarantee a success for you, but it may help.

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    Can't wait to show off the pictures on your device at work,
    but you don't want your coworkers to know about the crazy weekend you had?
    No problem (as long as you use folders to file pictures on the media card)
    Media > Pictures > Menu Key > Exclude folders > select which folders to exclude.
    This will "hide" folders (and what's inside) on the BlackBerry when you select
    All pictures or Picture folders in media.
    *(you can still get to the hidden folders using the "explore" function, and
    the folders will not be hidden if browsing the microSD card from PC.)

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    Dang keyboard getting in your way or you hate using the menu key
    to get to it? Using a swipe motion from the bottom of the
    screen going up it will produce the keyboard. To hide it, do the
    opposite swipe starting at the middle of the top row of letters.
    Another time saver could be to assign the keyboard to a convenience key.

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    Super easy search in messages.
    Highlight the name of the sender of an email. Just highlight for a
    second or three. You'll see a status bar appear and all the
    emails from that person will show.

    That's all I have for now, time to get back to more Storm Experiments
    Last edited by j llama; 11-22-2008 at 04:35 AM.
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    Very cool. Now, all I need is a Storm... Dec 5th...

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    Rearranging your icons?
    Highlight the icon > Menu key > select move
    At this point, just click where you want to put it, no need to slide it into position.

    Easiest way I have found to advance while viewing video is to press the mute key at the top of the device, then use the scroll bar below the video. Scratch that....just tap your finger once lightly, it'll bring up the video player tools.

    I sped up the tap interval from 500 to 100 ( i think it's milliseconds so a smaller number is faster right? lol) This is helping me type faster it feels like.
    Options > Screen Keyboard > Tap Interval

    Also I made sure to enable spell in messages in case I royally flub something up until I get a bit more used to SurePress.
    Messages > Menu Key > Options > Spell Check
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    OFFICIAL Tips & Tricks Thread

    If you have any post them up...

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    if you are in email, and you hold your finger on the screen on a particular email ( not pressing the screen just touching it) it brings up all the emails you have had with the reciepent!

    Mine...
    U can number lock by holding the key down....

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    press the home screen above the buttons to bring up the app screen instead of the berry button. i know,i know it's one click...berry or screen but i just stumbled over it.
    lighten up...life's too short

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    To place your cursor between letters to fix misspelling...hold finger on word that you want changed until you see a clear box...slide finger to place box where you want it.
    Color---it's nothing but a hue of the rainbow...why do people place such importance in it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by j llama View Post

    I sped up the tap interval from 500 to 100 ( i think it's milliseconds so a smaller number is faster right? lol) This is helping me type faster it feels like.
    Options > Screen Keyboard > Tap Interval

    I was waiting for someone to try this...I was scared LOL...didn't know what the numbers were!
    Color---it's nothing but a hue of the rainbow...why do people place such importance in it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsNowOrNever View Post
    I was waiting for someone to try this...I was scared LOL...didn't know what the numbers were!

    Wow me too.....

    Now I am trying to figure out if I need to keep a napkin with me because my fingers stay so greasy which affects the Storm...

    By the way if you open 3 apps and then your Video Cam your Storm will hang for 30 secs before getting back on track. Tether your phone to your PC will fix the problem after a memory cleaning.

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    ALSO!!! FINALLY!!! I dont know if this has been mentioned before, but now SMS messages have sender specific ringtones!!!!
    Color---it's nothing but a hue of the rainbow...why do people place such importance in it?

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    thanks for the tips everyone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsNowOrNever View Post
    ALSO!!! FINALLY!!! I dont know if this has been mentioned before, but now SMS messages have sender specific ringtones!!!!
    love this feature!!
    www.bbmchat.com sign up today!! come follow me at www.twitter.com/bbmchat and win free blackberry of your choice and cash 1st 1,000 members. spread the word.

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    In the apps screen press menu and options. You can change wallpaper and the amount of lines of buttons thatappear on the home screen. Default is 2. You can have 1, 2, or 3 lines. I have 1, i like less clutter.
    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsNowOrNever View Post
    ALSO!!! FINALLY!!! I dont know if this has been mentioned before, but now SMS messages have sender specific ringtones!!!!
    bout time they brought this feature to berries...I could never get how my old EnV used to be able to do this but my Curve was never able to do it without having to setup custom profiles which I always felt was more trouble than it was worth lol

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    When sending a SMS simply push the menu key twice to send the message. I like that one.
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    We know swiping from left or right while in messages has an effect, so does BBM.

    While typing in BB Messenger, swipe your finger left or right to go to the next or previous BBM conversation.
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