Monday, May 25, 2009

My Top 7 Quick Tips

Blackberry Tips
There are so many shortcuts and ways to be more efficient while using your BlackBerry device, that its tough to keep track of all of them. 

In an earlier post I mentioned AutoText which can vastly increase your typing speed if you set it up correctly. Click here to learn more about AutoText.

Here are some more useful tips that I use almost everyday. It has actually made typing on a regular keyboard a little annoying at times because all the little shortcuts I'm used to on my BB don't work. 

Email address entry:
If you enter a lot of email addresses in your address book or into an email address field this tip will save you some time. Instead of hitting "alt" then "@" try just hitting "space" instead. After the @, type the information as usual, then hit "space" again to automatically have the "." added. 
Note: The first time you hit space, "@" will be entered. Everytime you hit space after that, "." will be entered.

Selecting text: 
To quickly select text, simply hold "shift (aA)" and roll the trackball. You might have to first switch to "Select mode" if you are in the browser or another 3rd party application for this to work.

Cut, Copy, Paste:
After you have something selected using the method above, you can hit menu and select Cut, Copy, or Paste. Or, you can use the following shortcuts:
Cut: Shift + Delete
Copy: Alt + Click
Paste: Shift + Click

New Sentences:
After you're done typing a sentence, hit space twice to automatically enter a period. The next letter will be automatically capitalized. 

To capitalize a letter without hitting shift first, hold the letter for about a second then release.

Mark Prior Opened:
If you receive a lot of messages and don't like the blinking led or the unread message indicator on your screen, you can mark all prior messages opened with 2 clicks. In your message list, highlight the current date, click the trackball and select "Mark Prior Opened." To speed things up more, be sure to go to Messages-->Options-->General Options and set "Confirm Mark Prior Opened" to No.

Deleting Messages:
To quickly delete one message, simply highlight it and hit Delete. To delete all messages before a certain date, highlight the date in your messages list, click, and select "Delete Prior." To speed things up more, be sure to go to Messages-->Options-->General Options and set "Confirm Delete" to No. 

There are tons more tips out there. These are the ones I use regularly. You can find more at this link:

Do you have any tips or shortcuts you use all the time? Let me know in the comments!

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