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A-to-V List of BlackBerry Shortcuts and Other Tips

written by: LauraMS•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 7/5/2011

Most users find the BlackBerry platform to be very user friendly and easy to learn. Using your BlackBerry's keyboard shortcuts, however, can even further simplify the BlackBerry user’s experience.

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    With the stroke of a few keys, you can speed up the access to useful functions and applications. Just as using the keyboard on a laptop or PC can be faster than using the mouse for some functions, the following BlackBerry shortcuts are just as easy to use and just as fast.

    (NOTE: These shortcuts only work if you have disabled your BlackBerry to dial from your home screen. If you would like to use these shortcuts and wish to disable dialing from your home screen, you may do so by pressing your green talk key and then pressing your menu key. Scroll to “Options", select “General Options" scroll down to “Dial From Home Screen" and change the answer to “no". To make future outbound calls, you will need to press your green talk key each time you’d like to place a call to a party that isn’t listed in your address book. Instructions for calling someone in your address book appear below.)

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    Shortcut List from A to V

    (It's important that you only press the following keys and release them. DO NOT hold them for more than a split second as holding keys tells your Blackberry to perform a speed dial function)

    Pressing the “A" key provides a shortcut directly to your Blackberry’s address book. From here, you can select whomever you’d like to call or message.

    Pressing the “B" key provides a shortcut to your Blackberry browser.

    Pressing the “C" key provides a shortcut that allows you to compose an SMS (text) message to anyone in your address book. Or, if you’d like to send a text to someone who isn’t in your address book, you can scroll to the top of your book’s listings and select the “Use Once" option.

    Pressing the “D" key provides a shortcut directly to the Blackberry notepad for storing written notes.

    Pressing the “F" key provides a shortcut to your Profiles menu.

    Pressing the “H" key provides a shortcut to the Blackberry help menu.

    Pressing the “K" key shortcut locks your Blackberry’s keypad (pressing * and then the green talk key unlocks it).

    Pressing the “L" key provides a shortcut to your Blackberry calendar.

    Pressing the “M" key provides a shortcut to your messages (NOTE: all messages types will appear here in the same location).

    Pressing the “N" key provides a shortcut to the contact list for your Blackberry Messenger.

    Pressing the “O" key provides a shortcut to your “Options" menu where you can adjust a variety of different settings on your Blackberry. (This shortcut is the same as the wrench icon which appears on your homescreen.)

    Pressing the “R" key provides a shortcut to your Blackberry's alarm.

    Pressing the “S" key provides a shortcut to your search menu.

    Pressing the “T" key provides a shortcut to your task menu where you can set, edit or delete tasks.

    Pressing the “U" key provides a shortcut to your Blackberry’s calculator.

    Pressing the “V" key provides a shortcut to your saved messages.

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    A Few More Useful Blackberry Shortcut Tips

    Hold the “Alt" key and dial the alpha characters in a telephone number that features alpha-numeric characters.

    Double-click the “Symbol" key to insert smileys into a message when using Blackberry Messenger.

    To delete several, consecutive messages at a time from your message list, simply highlight the messages you’d like to delete and then press the “Delete" key.

    To set your side convenience keys, go to “Options" (remember to get there quickly by just pressing “O"), select “Screen/Keyboard" and select whichever functions you would like to have your keys set to.

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    Hiding The Clutter of Icons

    Since discovering the above shortcuts, I find that I’ve also been able to hide a lot of icons on my home screen as I no longer have use for them. For example, instead of selecting each individual email folder for checking my email, I have one of my convenience keys set to take me to my main message menu (you can also press the “M" key for the same results). Or, instead of having to search for the profiles icon or having to highlight the speaker icon on the top right of my screen, I simply press the “F" key shortcut whenever I’d like to select a different profile. By hiding the clutter of the, now unused, icons on my home screen, it gives my blackberry a much neater appearance.

    It doesn’t take long at all to memorize these keys. After using them a few times, it will become second nature and you’ll find that using them makes navigating your Blackberry even easier to use.