Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry Z10 Gestures

FIVE TIP FRIDAY / 02.22.13 / tywill1

Welcome to the first Five Tip Friday, BlackBerry 10 edition! Today’s topic is five BlackBerry Z10 gestures you’ll want to know about, so you’ll be able to take of them advantage daily while using your smartphone.

Essential Keyboard Gestures

Check out the gestures below, and also make sure you review our blog post on how to customize the BlackBerry 10 touchscreen keyboard to learn more about personalizing your typing experience.

  • Show the keyboard – Using two fingers, swipe up from the bottom of the screen or tap a text field.
  • Hide the keyboard – Swipe down from the top the keyboard using two fingers or tap and hold the space key.
  • Delete a Word – Swipe back on the keyboard from right to left. If you type in a right-to-left language, swipe from left to right.
  • Switch between Text, Numbers & Symbols – Using one finger, swipe down from the top of the keyboard to swipe between input methods

Calendar – Pinch to Zoom

The next time you are viewing your calendar in the Day or Week view, slide your fingers apart to zoom in or slide your fingers together to zoom out.

Easy Text Selection

I like using the Share option in the Browser to share a webpage with a friend, but sometimes I want to share a snip of text only – perhaps a funny joke or a quote I liked. To select text on a website so you can copy it, all you need to do is tap and hold the text followed by sliding the cursor indicators so the desired text is highlighted. After doing this, tap and hold the text, and from the menu that appears, select Copy (or if you’re drafting something, Cut).

Instead of sliding the cursor indicators to select text, tap and hold the text, and you’ll notice that the longer you hold your finger, your smartphone will begin highlighting the word you tapped followed by the sentence and the paragraph. After your desired text is selected, tap and hold it to view the menu with options to Copy or Cut.

Hub – Fast access to accounts

If you are a viewing a message that arrived on one account and you would like to quickly switch and view another account in the BlackBerry Hub, tap and hold the Back button followed by sliding your finger to the right. You’ll notice that a menu appears on the left that shows the icons of your other accounts. Tap one of these icons and you’ll be taken to that account so you can view your messages. The trick here is to tap and hold the Back button followed by sliding your finger to the right (1st screenshot); if you tap and hold anywhere else on the screen and slide your finger to the right, you’ll be able to peek at your Hub only and the account icons will not appear (2nd screenshot).

Screen Lock – Disable Gesture Support

When you press the Power/Lock key and lock your screen while using your BlackBerry Z10, you can wake up the device by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. If you find that you are accidently waking up your device by mistake, consider disabling gesture support when your device is locked – this will require you to hit the Power/Lock key first, followed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

  1. On the BlackBerry Z10 Home screen, tap Settings followed by Display
  2. Set Allow Gestures when Locked to Off
  3. Tap Back to save your changes.

After doing this, to wake your device when the screen is off, hit the Power/Lock key followed by swiping up from the bottom of your screen to unlock. To learn more about locking your device, make sure you check out the BlackBerry Z10 User Guide – Lock your screen section.

To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit for access to product manuals, how-to demos, tips and tricks, YouTube videos, support forums, knowledge base articles, Twitter support, and contact information for your region.

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