Hello BlackBerry Users!
I love my BlackBerry and am always looking for new tips and tricks to
get the most out of it. Below I've compiled a list of a few I'd like
to share with you as I think it will improve your experience with your
I've also posted these tips and more in the UVM Wiki, located at
Enterprise Technology Services
1. Shortcut to Capital Letters
Everyone starts out by using the shift button, but eventually comes to
love this easier way of typing capital letters. Just press and hold a
key until the capital letter appears. It only takes about ½ a second
of holding to get the capital letter. Of course, you don’t need to do
this at the beginning of sentences, as BlackBerry will capitalize the
first letter for you.
2. Period shortcut
Press the space bar twice. This will drop a period at the end of the
sentence, and the next letter you type will be capitalized. What could
be easier? Typing a period and a space the old fashioned, boring way
requires three keystrokes, while this method takes two. It really does
make life easier.
3. Page Down / Page Up
Sick of scrolling with your thumb? Remember this simple trick:
Page Down = Space bar
Page Up = Shift + Space Bar
Top of page = T
Bottom of page = B
4. Cap-Lock and Num-Lock
Occasionally you'll need to type a series of numbers, or a word with
all capital letters. Using the shift or alt keys repeatedly gets
frustrating quickly, so thankfully there's Shift-Lock and Num-Lock.
Cap-Lock On = Alt + Right Shift
Cap-Lock Off = Right Shift
Num-Lock On = Alt + Left Shift
Num-Lock On = Left Shift
5. Rearrange your home screen
Everyone’s needs are different, and BlackBerry makes it simple to move
your most-used icons around in Icon view. Just select the icon you want
to move, hit the Menu button, then choose ‘Move’. When you get the icon
to the right spot, click to drop it.
6. Use AutoText wisely
You can create multiple signatures for every occasion simply by using
AutoText, the BlackBerry feature that fixes your mistakes and
replaces visavis with vis-à-vis for you. Just go into
Options->AutoText and use the Menu button to create a new entry. For
the Replace field, select a character combination that isn’t a word
(most people choose ZZ or ZX, which as far as I know are not words
yet). In the With field, type your custom signature. Click the Menu
button and select Save–and that’s it. You can create multiple
signatures to suit different mail scenarios (business, friends,
Grandma, etc.) and give them different Replace fields (ZZ, ZX, ZC,
To use your new signatures, type the Replace combination as a separate
word in an e-mail. As soon as you hit the space bar, BlackBerry will
swap in your signature. Try it. You’ll wonder how you got by without it!
7. Speed Dial keys
Assign a speed dial to any letter key simple by holding down on that
key. If that letter hasn't been assigned a number already, a message
will appear asking if you'd like to assign a speed dial number, then
lets you pick a contact from your address book.
To place a call, simple hold that letter down.
8. Convenience Keys, Quickly Access your Applications
Ever notice those buttons on the side of your BlackBerry and wonder
what they do? These buttons can be programmed to open any application
you choose. Ever have a problem setting the BlackBerry to vibrate when
you go into a meeting? Why not setup those applications so that a
simple button click will bring up the ringer option. Just go into
Options->Screen/Keyboard and look for the convenience key options,
then assign "Profiles" to one of the keys. Then ever time you click
the button it will let you select Normal, Quiet or Vibrate.
9. Help Me!
You’re on the phone with mobile IT support, and they want to know all
kinds of obscure information about your BlackBerry. Vendor ID?
Platform? App Version? No problem, just hit:
Alt + Shift Key (also known as Caps) + H
Or on the Perl use Alt + R, A, C, E
You’ll see the Help Me! Screen with all the vitals on your BlackBerry,
including the sometimes useful PIN.
10. Separate your Text message from your BlackBerry Email and Phone
Do you Text a lot? It might be useful to separate your SMS Text
messages from all your other phone logs.
Go to your Messages, then OPTIONS -> General Options -> SMS and
Email Inboxes: There should be Combined / Separate. Selecting Separate
will add a new program icon to your menu that will contain only your