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Complete List of All the Blackberry Keyboard Shortcuts for Newbies: Part One

written by: twhatley•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 7/6/2011

Part One of this three-part series on BlackBerry keyboard shortcuts offers you help on basic shortcuts as well as phone and message shortcuts. Learning to use these will help strengthen and maximize your BlackBerry skills whether you are newbie or a BlackBerry expert.

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    Basic Shortcuts

    These are the shortcuts that are used for any application:

    · Roll the trackball to move the cursor

    · Press the Esc key to exit to move to the previous screen in the browser or to exit an application.

    · Type the first letter of a menu item to move to the list or menu item

    · Click the Space key to clear or select any check box.

    · Hit the Alt key to view the available values of a field

    · Hold the Alt key while pressing the Esc key briefly and selecting an application to switch between applications.

    · Hit the End key to go back to the Home screen.

    · Hit the Backspace/Delete key to delete a highlighted item.

    · Select a profile (theme or notification) and then hit the Space key to turn on the corresponding profile.

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    Phone Shortcuts

    These are the shortcuts that can be used for or during phone calls:

    · Press the Send key to answer an incoming call.

    · Press and hold the Send key to view the contact list.

    · When a plus sign (+) is needed, hold the 0 key.

    · Press the Alt key and the X key together and then the extension to add an extension number to a phone number.

    · Follow this procedure for using a key as a speed dial number assignment. From the Home screen, hold the assignment key (whatever key you choose) then type on the number.

    · Press the Speakerphone key during a phone call to turn on/off the speakerphone.

    · Hold the 1 key to check your voice mail.

    · Press the Alt key and a letter (whichever one you need) to type a letter inside of a phone number.

    · Hit the Space key to navigate back to the top of the Phone screen.

    · For the last number called, hit the Space key and the Enter key together. To dial the number, hit the Send key.

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    Message Shortcuts

    These shortcuts can be used while working in a message:

    · Press R to reply to a message

    · Press L to reply to all

    · Press F to forward the message

    · Press I to file the current highlighted email message

    · Highlight a contact and press Q to view the email address of the contact

    · Highlight a message and press the Enter key to open a message

    · Press the C key to compose a new message from the message list

    · Press the Alt + I keys to view all received messages

    · Press the Alt + O keys to view all the sent messages

    · Press the Alt + V keys to view all voice mail messages

    · Press the Alt + S keys to view all SMS (text) messages

    · Press the Alt + P keys to view the call logs

    · Press the Escape key to view all of the messages

    · Press the Shift + Space keys to move to the top of the messages

    · Press the Space key to move to the bottom of the messages

    · Press the N key to move to the next date

    · Press the P key to move to the previous date

    · Press the U key to move to the unopened item that is next

    · Press the J key to move to the related message that is next

    · Press the K key to move to the message that was previous

Three-Part Article Series Detailing Blackberry Keyboard Shortcuts for the Newbie

A new BlackBerry can be a little intimidating if you don’t understand how to best use it. In this three-part series, I will list all of the keyboard shortcuts that will help strengthen and maximize your BlackBerry skills. These shortcuts are very helpful for anyone whether a newbie or an expert.
  1. Complete List of All the Blackberry Keyboard Shortcuts for Newbies: Part One
  2. Complete List of Blackberry Keyboard Shortcuts for the Newbie Part Two
  3. Complete List of All the Blackberry Keyboard Shortcuts for the Newbie Part Three