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Quick BlackBerry 6 In-App Navigation Tips from RIM

BlackBerry 6

Now that BlackBerry 6 is officially available for more devices RIM is starting to be able to promote it more. They previously shared some tips on how to navigate the new features of the homescreen in BlackBerry 6 but now moved on to in app navigation. I am the first to admit that I don’t use many of the features in BlackBerry 6 like Action Menus and Universal Search but they are useful for some. Check out RIM’s list of quick tips below:

Tips for touchscreen BlackBerry smartphones:

  • To Zoom In, double tap a block of text; the font size will increase, and the text will be intelligently wrapped in a column while maintaining the placement of a page’s key elements
  • To view your open browser tabs, tap the New Tab icon in the top right hand corner of the screen
  • To save a webpage to your home screen, go to the desired webpage, tap the Globe icon in the top right hand corner of the screen. Select Add To Home Screen from the menu that appears
  • To launch a Pop-up Menu of popular actions, press and hold from anywhere on the screen
  • View recent messages and updates from any of your contacts simply by opening their profile in Contacts
  • BlackBerry smartphones support full multitasking, so you can run multiple apps at the same time. To move quickly between apps, press and hold the Menu key to activate the Application Switcher

Tips for non-touchscreen BlackBerry smartphones:

  • To Zoom In, hold the alt key while scrolling upward on the trackpad
  • To view your open browser tabs, select the Tab icon in the top right hand corner of the screen
  • To save a webpage to your home screen, go to the desired webpage, select the Globe icon in the top right hand corner of the screen. Select Add To Home Screen from the menu that appears
  • To launch a Pop-up Menu of popular actions, press and hold the trackpad from anywhere on the screen
  • View recent messages and updates from any of your contacts simply by opening their profile in Contacts
  • BlackBerry smartphones support full multitasking, so you can run multiple apps at the same time. To move quickly between apps, press and hold the Menu key to activate the Application Switcher
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  1. Oh sure…rub it in on those of us who have no path to OS 6 other buy a new BlackBerry! :) And what BlackBerry geek would DO that with the 6.1 devices we’ve seen coming?

    (Pulling out what hair I have left)

  2. Its good to see the tips like that. People like my wife tend to be on the clueless side of things when it comes to her phone.

  3. I think part of the frustration by some with BlackBerry stems from the fact that they do not know how to work the OS (shortcuts, features, quick dialing, add someone to calls, etc). I think if they were more informed on the BlackBerry OS, the more they would come to appreciate it a lot better.

    • Excellent point. There are so many great shortcuts that can be used on BlackBerrys, but hardly anyone seems to know about them!

      For example, how many people you know, know how to turn off ‘dial from homescreen’ and use all of the homescreen shortcut keys? I’ve pointed this out to people and they are so surprised. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard, “Well I didn’t know you could do that!”

      I don’t know why these super useful shortcuts are not promoted more effectively.

  4. I’ve been loyal to Blackberry for quite a few years and still keep learning new features. Most people I know have no clue how to use their phones to their full capacity. Bringing the app switcher by holding the menu button is one of the most ingenious features I’ve ever seen, yet so many people don’t know about it.

    • The funny thing about the app switcher trick is that step 3 of the setup wizard (for OS 5.0) says exactly how to do this. Do people not use the setup wizard? On earlier OS builds, the only way to switch applications was by holding alt and hitting escape. But again, this was pointed out in the setup wizard. I don’t understand why many people think this is some sort of secret trick.

  5. I think I’m more surprised because when I saw the title I figured I knew which shortcuts would be mentioned. In fact, I don’t use any of these. But some of these seem like the long way to get to something. Like for zoom in and out you hit I or O. Good article!

  6. All of these came as second nature to me….

  7. Thanksk for the tips

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