Computer & ICT Tips
Blackberry is now an essential part of our life in recent time, by default blackberry are usable straight out of the box, because all you need to do is press the Menu key to get the main options on every screen – but the BlackBerry operating system hides a huge number of clever tricks and shortcuts that makes it faster and simpler to get things done.
By following this ediaro.com Hints and tips, you would be taking your BlackBerry to the next level? In this list, you’ll find some of the most awesome tips, How-TO and guides for the BlackBerry, making it easy for just about anyone to become a power user.
- Skip Symbol
If you’re typing an email address into a field that expects an email address, don’t bother looking for how to type the @; just hit space and BlackBerry with put the @ in for you. Press space when you need the . in the middle of the email address and it will fill that in, too. Do the same for URLs in the browser; pressing space fills in the periods faster than typing them by hand.
- Faster Email
Check your emails faster by going inside of an email, and then hitting the “N” button. This will take you to the next message quickly and easily.
- Fast select
There’s a Select command on the menu for choosing what to copy and paste – but you can make a selection just by holding down the Shift key as you scroll the trackball.
- Stop a Page from Loading
Press the Escape button to keep Web pages from loading.
- Video Converter
Download the BlackBerry Video Converter to watch all your favorite videos directly on the phone whenever you want.
- Keyboard shortcuts
Save on scrolling by using’t’ to get to the top of any email message, web page or other long screen and ‘b’ to get to the bottom. There are specific shortcuts for all the built-in apps like using the Mute button to pause videos or music or skipping to the next or previous track by pressing and holding the volume up and down keys (which also zoom in and out in the camera – although many apps use I and O to zoom); there’s a list in the Help tool.
- Fast search
You can search for contacts, messages and inside files and web pages – press S to search in contacts and messages and F to search in other apps.
- Colour-code messages
If you get both work and personal email on your BlackBerry, you can change the colour of either set of messages. Choose Options > Security Options >Information> Message Outline Colours and either Enterprise Messages or Other Messages.
- Menu multi-tasking
BlackBerry has had multitasking for years but it’s subtly done; apps stay running so you can switch back to them (unless you run out of memory when they’re closed automatically). To get back to another app, press and hold the Menu button to get the task switcher.
- Lock with mute
Some BlackBerrys have both a lock and a mute button on the top edge, others – like the original Bold – only have a mute button. You can always lock the screen by scrolling down to the Lock icon but it’s faster to just press and hold mute until the screen locks (do the same to unlock it).
- Three-Way Calling
Need to talk to two people at once? Hit the space bar in your first call, choose a contact to dial, and after the second caller answers, switch back and forth between the two or have them both join in with you.
- Real convenience
There are two ‘convenience keys’ – one on each side of the BlackBerry; you’ve probably found one of them by knocking it and hearing that irritating ‘say a command’ message. If you never use voice command, choose Options > Screen/Keyboard to change the buttons to something more useful – starting the camera, opening the music player or launching your favorite app.
- Tweak your trackball
Use Options > Screen/Keyboard and scroll to the bottom of the page to choose the horizontal and vertical sensitivity (how far it moves across the screen when you move it) and whether you hear a click as it rolls.
- Turn off speakerphone
The slightly confusing way to put a call on speakerphone is to use Menu > Activate Speakerphone; the even more confusing way to turn it off is Menu > Activate Handset – or you can use the $ key to turn it on and off. (And the $ key produces the $ sign in email, use Options > Screen/Keyboard > Currency key to set it to £ or your preferred currency instead).
- Say a command
Voice command does more than voice dialling; if you want to check your signal and battery strength you can wade through the Options menu or you can hit the voice command button and say ‘status’ or ‘check battery’ and ‘check signal strength’.
- Say it again
Voice recognition works quite well, but you can train it by reading a list of numbers and words; choose Options > Voice Dialing> Adapt Voice.
VOICE TRAINING: Choose Adapt Voice and your BlackBerry will ask you to read a list of sample names and numbers
- Hidden Help
The hidden ‘Help Me!’ screen shows the signal strength, battery level, device PIN, free space, space in use, IMEI, OS version, how long the BlackBerry has been on and some other info that can be useful for troubleshooting. View it by pressing Alt + Caps + H.
- Important Notes
Let’s say your friend has something important he or she is telling you, but you don’t have a pen and paper available. While still on the phone with your friend, click the track wheel, go to Notes and open it, then type your note and save it for later. Simple as that.
- Organizing Folders
You are not limited to the folders that come with your BlackBerry; you can create your own in just three steps and then edit them as you wish. Start by clicking on the menu option on your BlackBerry, and then select the option to add a folder; your BlackBerry will ask you to name the folder. From there you will be presented an option to choose a folder color. If you decide after you create your folder that you would like to rename it or change its color, all you have to do is scroll over it, select the menu button and choose the option to edit the folder. After creating folders, you can place your programs in them to reduce the clutter on your screen.
- How to delete multiple emails
It’s easy to delete emails en masse on a BlackBerry® smartphone. All you need to do is while in your email list is highlight a chosen date (rather that highlighting a given email message), press the menu key and highlight and select ‘Delete Prior.’ All e-mail before that date will be deleted.
- How to change your device’s password:
In the device options, click Security Options
Click General Settings > Set the Password field to Enabled > Press the Menu key > Click Save.
To turn off the BlackBerry smartphone password, set the Password field to Disabled.
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