How to create a custom keyboard shortcuts using BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1

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Did you know that BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1 introduces the ability to create custom keyboard shortcuts? This extremely useful feature can help you complete a variety of actions just by briefly pressing and holding a single key.

For example, you can create a keyboard shortcut that opens a BBM conversation with a specific contact, maybe your significant other, or create a shortcut that opens a frequently used App.

Follow the steps below to review and customize your keyboard shortcuts to maximize your productivity whenever you are using your device.

Create a new, or edit an existing keyboard shortcut

By default your device includes a variety of shortcuts that I’ve listed at the end of this post but you can create your own shortcuts, or customize existing shortcuts.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap 1031-Settings Settings followed by Shortcuts and Speed Dial
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  4. Do one of the following
    • To create a new shortcut for a unassigned key, tap the key.
    • To edit a existing shortcut, tap the letter followed by tapping Edit A Shortcut
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  6. Do one of the following
    • To open an application using the keyboard shortcut, tap App Launch Shortcut

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  • To compose a message using the keyboard shortcut, tap Quick Compose Shortcut

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  • To add another type of action to the keyboard shortcut, such as composing a new note or task, locking your device, or switch notification modes, tap Other Shortcut

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Delete a keyboard shortcut

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap 1031-Settings Settings followed by Shortcuts and Speed Dial
  3. Tap and hold an existing keyboard shortcut
  4. Tap Delete

Appendix – Preloaded keyboard shortcuts

BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1 includes a variety of preloaded keyboard shortcuts that are listed below!

Keyboard key Assigned action
A Open the Contacts app
B Open the BlackBerry Browser
C or 9 Compose a new message
D or 5 Create a new BlackBerry Remember note
H Open the BlackBerry Help app
K Lock your BlackBerry device
L Open the BlackBerry Calendar app
M Open the BlackBerry Hub
N Open BlackBerry Messenger
O Open the device settings
P Open the Phone app
Q Switch between Normal and Silent notification profiles
R or 3 Open the Clock app
T Create a new task
U Open the Calculator app
W or 1 Call voicemail

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