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Get More from Your BB with this Guide to Hidden Commands

written by: Sandy Samra•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 6/24/2011

Here is a list of secret command codes for those of you who use your BlackBerry as a communication and multimedia device.

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    BB SureType keyboard I have tried to compile a list of hidden commands for BlackBerry here in this article. It is sourced from a list complied on BlackBerry forums. Most of the command codes require you to press and hold the Alt key while typing the letters after the ~ez_lsquo+ez_rsquo~ sign. The letters don’t need to be capitals and these hidden codes may differ for touch-screen and SureType Blackberrys. In touch-screen devices, you need to go to the landscape mode and open the keyboard from the menu and then hold down the Alt and type keys. And on BlackBerrys that support SureType technology, you need to use the multi tap method. Here are the secret command codes that can be used.

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    General

    • Name: Decibel meter.
    • Purpose: Displays the signal strength in numeric value instead of bars on the home screen.
    • Method: Hold Alt and press N, M, L, L. Repeat the process to reverse the effect.
    • Name: Help menu.
    • Purpose: Offers essential technical information about your device, when seeking help or technical support in forums.
    • Method: Hold Alt and left shift, then press H.
    • Name: IMEI display.
    • Purpose: Displays your device's IMEI - your serial number on-screen.
    • Method: Simply type *, #, 0, 6, # on the Home screen.
    • Name: Event Log.
    • Purpose: Shows event logs of all the system-level events that occur on your BlackBerry.
    • Method: Hold Alt and press L, G, L, G.
    • Name: Soft reset.
    • Purpose: Restarts full keyboard BlackBerry devices by performing a soft reset of your device which is the equivalent of doing a battery pull.
    • Method: From the home screen, hold Alt and right Shift and then press Del.

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    Address Book

    • Name: Address Book file verification.
    • Purpose: Tests the data for inconsistencies in your Address Book.
    • Method: In the Address Book, hold Alt and press V, A, L, D.
    • Name: Address Book data structure rebuild.
    • Purpose: Forces a data structure re-build in the Address Book.
    • Method: In the Address Book, hold Alt and press R, B, L, D.
    • Name: Reload Address Book from BES.
    • Purpose: Erases and reloads the Address Book from the BES.
    • Method: From the Options menu in the Address Book, press R, S, E, T. No Alt and + required here.
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    Browser

    • Name: View source code.
    • Purpose: Shows the source code of a Web page.
    • Method: In the Browser, hold Alt and press R, B, V, S.
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    Calendar

    • Name: View extra information.
    • Purpose: Inside any Calendar item displays extra information for a Calendar event.
    • Method: Inside the Calendar, hold Alt and press V, I, E, W.
    • Name: Slow sync.
    • Purpose: Allows Calendar slow sync.
    • Method: From the Options menu in the Calendar, press S, Y, N, C. No Alt and + required here.
    • Name: Reload Calendar.
    • Purpose: Will start off a reload of the calendar from the BES.
    • Method: From the Options menu in the Calendar, press R, S, E, T. No Alt and + required here.
    • Name: BES configuration.
    • Purpose: Requests BES configuration.
    • Method: From the Options menu in the Calendar, press R, C, F, G. No Alt and + required here.
    • Name: Device configuration.
    • Purpose: Sends device configuration.
    • Method: From the Options menu in the Calendar, press S, C, F, G. No Alt and + required here.
    • Name: CICAL configuration.
    • Purpose: Searches out CICAL configuration.
    • Method: From the Options menu in the Calendar, press D, C, F, G. No Alt and + required here.
    • Name: Full Cal. Report.
    • Purpose: Enables full Cal. report for the backup.
    • Method: From the Options menu in the Calendar, press S, U, P, D. No Alt and + required here.
    • Name: Disable Cal. report.
    • Purpose: Disables Cal. report database.
    • Method: From the Options menu in the Calendar, press S, U, P, S. No Alt and + required here.
    • Name: Status Log.
    • Purpose: Displays Reminder status log.
    • Method: From the Options menu in the Calendar, press S, R, S, L. No Alt and + required here.
    • Name: View by UID.
    • Purpose: Enables view by UID.
    • Method: From the Options menu in the Calendar, press L, U, I, D. No Alt and + required here.
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    Messaging

    • Name: RefId and FolderId.BB Touch Screen Full Keyboard
    • Purpose: Displays the RefId and FolderId for a particular message and for PIM items, displays only the RefId.
    • Method: In the Messages, hold Alt and press V, I, E, W.
    • Name: MMS.
    • Purpose: Shows MMS hidden options.
    • Method: From the Option menu in MMS, press M, M, S, C. No Alt and + required here.
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    Theme

    • Name: B & W theme.
    • Purpose: Change to no theme i.e. B & W.
    • Method: From the Menu, hold Alt and press T, H, M, N.
    • Name: Default BlackBerry theme.
    • Purpose: Change to default theme.
    • Method: From the Menu, hold Alt and press T, H, M, D.

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    Date/Time

    • Name: Date and Time Values.
    • Pupose: Displays network Date/Time values.
    • Method: In the Date/Time settings, press L, O, L, O. No Alt and + required here.

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    SIM Card

    No Alt and + required for the following commands. From the Options menu, go to Advanced and then choose SIM Card. From there press the following letters.

    • Press M, E, P, D: Shows MEP information.
    • Press M, E, P, 1: Stops SIM personalization.
    • Press M, E, P, 2: Stops Network personalization.
    • Press M, E, P, 3: Stops Network subset personalization.
    • Press M, E, P, 4: Stops Service provider personalization.
    • Press M, E, P, 5: Stops Corporate personalization.
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    I have tried to list all hidden commands for BlackBerry in this article and in case I have missed anything, please add it in the comments section below.

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