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FAQ: Forty BlackBerry Shortcuts.

I found this one posted by “BESadmin” on CrackBerry Au: www.crackberry.com.au. He got it from “PC Advisor UK”: www.pcadvisor.co.uk . So to say it has been around the world to get here is just about spot on. So thanks all involved.

A few you will already know but even if you pick up one or two new tips then, well, as they say, “Time is Money”…

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Typing shortcuts

  • To capitalize a letter with one click, hold down the letter key
  • To insert a full stop, click the Space Key twice
  • Turn CAP Lock on by pressing the ALT key followed by the right Shift key. Turn it off by pressing either Shift key
  • Turn Number Lock on by pressing the ALT key followed by the left Shift key. Turn it off by pressing either Shift key
  • Type an accented letter or special character by holding the corresponding letter and scrolling left or right with the trackball Insert the current date into a message or document by pressing the L key followed by D and the Space key
  • Insert the current time into a message or document by pressing the L key followed by T and the Space key

Another 34 Tips after the JUMP…

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Messaging (email and SMS)

  • In email inbox, press the S key to search for a sender or a word within a subject line, and any mail folder regardless of message was sent or received
  • Within inbox, access the complete list of messages sent by hitting the ALT key followed by the O key
  • Within inbox, access the complete list of messages received by hitting the ALT key followed by the I key
  • Within inbox, access the complete list of SMS text messages received by hitting the ALT key followed by the S key
  • Within inbox, access phone log by hitting the ALT key followed by the P key
  • Within inbox, access the voicemail log by hitting the ALT key followed by the V key
  • To delete all messages sent or received before a specific date, highlight that date with the cursor, hit the BlackBerry

Menu key, select Delete Prior and confirm selection

  • To enable automatic spell checking of e-mail messages, click the Options icon on BlackBerry home screen. Then click Spell Check and select the Spell Check E-Mail Before Sending option.
  • To do a manual spell check, click the BlackBerry Menu key within a composed message and select Check Spelling
  • When a message is being spell checked, suggested fixes to unrecognized words can be ignored by clicking the escape key

Spreadsheet attachments

  • Change the size of a column by pushing the W key
  • Go to a specific cell by pressing the G key
  • View contents of a cell by pressing the Space key
  • Search for text by clicking the F key, then type the desired word
  • Switch to a different worksheet by pressing V and selecting the desired sheet

Presentation attachments

  • Skip to the next slide by pressing the N key
  • Return to the previous slide by clicking the P key
  • Start slideshow by pushing the S key
  • Stop slideshow by clicking the Escape key
  • Switch to a new view of the slideshow by clicking the M key

Phone functions

  • Multitask while on phone calls by hitting the BlackBerry menu key during a call and then selecting Home Screen. You’ll then have access to email and other documents. However, most BlackBerrys don’t allow for simultaneous voice and data transfer, so internet access is unavailable while on calls
  • Find specific contacts from your BlackBerry home screen by pressing keys for first and last initials, with a space between them. If more than one contact has the same initials, scroll to the appropriate contact

BlackBerry Browser

  • Bring up the Enter a Web Address field from any web page by pressing the G key
  • Insert a full stop in a web address by clicking the Space key
  • Insert a back slash in web address by clicking either the left or right Shift keys and then hitting Space
  • Add an item to bookmarks list by clicking the A key
  • Bring up your bookmark list by clicking the K key
  • Refresh a web page by clicking the R key
  • Display a list of the last 20 pages visited by hitting the I key
  • Open browser options with the O key

Back to basics: starts and stops

  • To put device into Standby Mode so keys cannot be pressed while it’s not in use, hold down the Mute key for a second or two.
  • Undo Standby Mode by holding Mute for another couple of seconds
  • If BlackBerry slows down, starts malfunctioning or freezing, always try removing the battery and SIM card, if the device has one, and waiting a few seconds before reinserting it.
  • According to Genet, 95 percent of the issues BlackBerry users experience, are resolved by simply removing the battery
6 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Don’t forget in the BB Browser you can see the current page’s address by hitting the L key.

  2. Actually, no. The L key will give you the address of the currently highlighted link. The current page’s address is under the letter P.

  3. Sorry to the last 2 guys or girls who left the comments. I can’t convert over the text to english so at this stage, I can’ read it. I’m going through my list of friends and relatives to see if I can get it translated. As soon as I do, I will post back…
    Kindest Regards
    Greg Myers

  4. If there are any readers out there who know what the above 2 comments say, then it would be much appreciated if you could translate and post the results here…
    Thanks…

  5. Do you no if there is a keyboard shortcut to clost an application?

  6. Closing an application depends on the application itself. The “Back” key, the one between the trackball and the red hang-up key, will close most applications, but some of them are configured to just go into background and require a different procedure to be actually closed.

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