BlackBerry Keyboard Shortcuts

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There are many BlackBerry shortcuts which will work for most BlackBerry devices for messaging, browsing, composing messages and more.
Once you get the hang of it, using these shortcuts will make you much quicker on the draw and help you harness the full abilities of your device.  They will not only save you time, but help you easily navigate through all aspects of your device. Some of us use our BlackBerry's to save time whilst away from the office, so using shortcuts will help you save time whilst you save time!

Basic Shortcuts

The following shortcuts can be used in many applications:

To exit a screen (or to move to a previous page in a browser) press the Escape key
To select or clear a check box, press the Space key
To switch applications, hold the Menu key for a list of running applications
To return to the Home screen, press the End key

Phone Shortcuts

The following shortcuts can be used in the Phone application or during a phone call:

To answer a phone call, press the Send key
To view the call log, press the Send key from any screen
To insert a plus sign (+) when typing a phone number, hold the letter O
To add an extension to a phone number, press the Alt key and the X key, then type the extension number
To assign a speed dial number to a key, from the Home screen or in the Phone application, hold the key you want to assign. Type the phone number
To type a letter in a phone number field, press the Alt key and the letter
To move to the top of the Phone screen, press the Space key
To change between headset, speakerphone and handset, press the menu key and choose an option, or better yet, Tap the $ (dollar sign) key on your keyboard to turn speakerphone on/off during a call
To stay in a call and return to the home screen, press the Escape key and select Ok

Message Shortcuts

In a message:

R – Reply To Message
L – Reply To All
F – Forward Message
I – File Highlighted Message
To view the email address of a contact, in a message, highlight the contact. Press Q. To view the display name again, press Q.

In a message list:

C – Compose Message
ALT+U – Mark Message As Opened/Unopened
ALT+I – View Inbox
ALT+O – View Outbox
ALT+V – View Voicemail
ALT+S – View SMS
ALT+P – View Call Log
SHIFT+SPACE – Move to the top of a screen
SPACE – Move to the bottom of a screen
T – Go to top of a message
B – Go to bottom of a message
N – Move to the next date
P – Move to the previous date
U – Move to the next unopened item
J – Move to the next related item
K – Move to the previous realted item
F – Search for text in an attachment/web page
G – Move to the last cursor position in a message after closing and reopening an attachment

Typing Shortcuts

To insert a period, press the Space key twice. The next letter is capitalized
To capitalize a letter, hold the letter key until the capitalized letter appears
Alt + Left Shift – NUM Lock
Alt + Right Shift – CAPS Lock
To turn off NUM lock or CAP lock, press the Shift key
To insert an at sign (@) or a period (.) in an email address field, press the Space key
To highlight a line of text, press the Shift key and roll the trackball
To highlight text character by character, hold the Shift key and roll the trackball left or right
To cut highlighted text when typing, press the Shift + Backspace/Delete key
To copy highlighted text when typing, press the Alt key and click the trackball
To paste highlighted text when typing, press the Shift key and click the trackball

Browser Shortcuts

To insert a period in the Go To dialog box, press the Space key
To insert a slash mark (/) in the Go To dialog box, press Shift+Space
To open the browser options, in the browser, press O
To stop loading a web page, press the Escape key
To hide the browser, press D
To close the browser, hold the Escape key
To view the address for a link, highlight a link. Press L
To move forward a screen, press the Shift key and the Space key
To move to a previous screen, press the Space key
G – Move to a specific page

H – Return to the home page
K – Open bookmarks
A – Add a bookmark
I – View recent web pages
R – Refresh page
P – View page address
S – Save web page
U – Hide browser banner
X – Veiw thumbnail version of a page
T – Move to the top of a page
B – Move to the bottom of a page

Media Shortcuts

Mute Key – Pause/Resume a video/song
R – Rotate pictures
I – Zoom In
O – Zoom Out
W – Original Size

Calendar Shortcuts

C – schedule an appointment
A – Change to Agenda view
D – Change to Day view
W – Change to Week view
M – Change to Month view
Space – Move to the next day/week/month
Shift+Space – Move to the previous day/week/month
T – Move to the current date
G – Move to a specific date

An easy way to access the default applications is through keyboard shortcuts as well.  To use these, you must have Dial From Home Screen set to “Off”.  (Phone > Options > General Options).  You will now have to use the Send key to access your phone and make a call, but you will have the following shortcuts available:

W – WAP Browser
R – Alarm
T – Tasks
U – Calculator
O – Options
A – Address Book
S – Search
D – Notes
F – Profiles
H – Help
K – Lock keypad
L – Calendar
M – Messages

B – Browser
N – BlackBerry Messenger
V – Saved messages
C – Compose

Other helpful shortcuts:

ALT+Shift+H – Access Help ME! screen (status info etc.)
ALT+LGLG – Access Event Log
ALT+Right Shift+DEL – Soft Reset

You can change the display of the ‘signal strength’ on your screen to read in real numbers. While at the home screen, hold down the ALT key while you type NMLL. The bars should change to numbers. For the ‘signal strength’, if you are in the 100 area (that means -100 dBm), you will be transmitting at maximum power. Anything at -90 to -50 is a very good signal.  

On top of the AutoText there are also some short codes for common device information that you can type into SMS or email messages that will return a value:

myver – Device Model/Version
mypin – Device PIN
LD – Local Date
LT – Local Time

These shortcuts should work on nearly all BlackBerry devices but you may find some do, and some don't, and vary between different BlackBerry's.
Author:Lee Osborne
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