Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry smartphone shortcuts

FIVE TIP FRIDAY / 07.29.11 / tywill1

BlackBerry smartphone shortcuts

It’s the end of the week, so that means it’s Five Tip Friday! The focus this week: Five BlackBerry® smartphone shortcuts to help you speed through daily tasks. Some of you might already be using these tips, but for those who aren’t familiar with the following, here are some things you might want to know.

1. Use shortcuts in Messages to view folders quickly.

View received messages Press ALT & I
View sent messages Press ALT & O
View voicemail messages Press ALT & V
View SMS text messages Press ALT & S
View call logs Press ALT & P
View all your messages again Press the Escape key

2. View and switch apps using Application Switcher

One of the best things about the BlackBerry platform is multitasking, so take advantage of this to switch between your open apps quickly. All you need to do is press and hold the Menu key and a listing of open apps will appear. To switch between them, just tap or highlight and select the icon of the app you want to use.

BlackBerry smartphone shortcuts

3. Switching views within the Calendar

For those of you that like to switch between calendar views such as day, agenda, week or month, try using this keyboard shortcut to change views instead of the using the Menu and Trackpad.

A note before we start – in order for shortcuts to work in day view, you’ll need to disable the Quick Entry feature using the following steps. The screenshot below shows this feature:

BlackBerry smartphone shortcuts

  1. In the calendar application, press the Menu key select Options.
  2. Select Calendar Display and Actions.
  3. Clear the Enable Quick box.

After doing this, you can start using the following keys to change views in your calendar:

Agenda View Press A
Day View Press D
Week View Press W
Month View Press M

If you prefer having the Quick Entry feature instead of using these shortcuts, complete the steps provided earlier again but check the ‘Enable Quick Entry box.

4. Home screen shortcuts

The following tip lets you use keyboard shortcuts to open apps from your home screen. Heads up, BlackBerry® 6 users – the following tip will disable Universal Search, which is the default setting you might prefer. You can still use Universal Search if you want to try home screen shortcuts; just press S and start typing what you are looking for.

To find out more about this feature, check out our post on How to use shortcuts from the BlackBerry smartphone home screen.

5. Set your Voicemail Password

This is a simple tip that makes it so you don’t have to enter your voicemail password whenever you use the voice mail speed dial. Before completing the steps below, I would recommend making sure you’ve set a password to unlock your BlackBerry smartphone to prevent someone from being able to access your voicemail. For information on how to do this, review the user guide for your BlackBerry smartphone.

  1. From the Home screen, press the Phone button.
  2. Press the Menu key, then select Options followed by Voice Mail.
  3. Enter your voicemail password, press the Menu key and select Save.

BlackBerry smartphone shortcuts BlackBerry smartphone shortcuts

I hope you’ve found a tip you might not have been using previously! For lots more useful information, make sure you check out the user guide for your BlackBerry smartphone.

If you have a tip, leave a comment and let everyone know!

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