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Useful little shortcuts for BlackBerry messaging

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For many people, the BlackBerry is an indispensable tool during their working day. The ability to have your emails delivered swiftly and securely to your hand can improve your personal efficiency immensely. So, how many people do you see with their BlackBerry in hand flicking their thumb over the trackpad and scrolling, scrolling, scrolling, scrolling through the messages? You'd think there would be an easier way, wouldn't you? Well, there is. Here's a helpful list of little shortcuts to make navigation and use of your BlackBerry that little bit better.

Message list shortcuts:

Press 'C' to compose a new email
Press 'R' to reply or 'L' to reply to all on the highlighted message
Press 'F' to forward the highlighted message
Press 'T' to skip to the top of the message list and press 'B' to skip to the bottom
You can move one page at a time by using Space or Shift + Space.
Press 'P' to skip to the start of the previous day and 'N' to skip to the start of the next day
When you have a thread of messages, use 'J' and 'K' to navigate your way from one message to the next
Press 'U' to find unread messages. You can also toggle the unread status of a message using Alt + U
Want to view Sent Messages? Alt + O is your friend (think 'Outbound')
Alt + S will take you to SMS messages if you are using a combined view in your messages.
Finally, you can use 'I' as a shortcut to file a message.

When typing messages:

Use the Space key twice to create a full stop. If you are in an email field, the first time you press Space, it will give you an '@' symbol. Each subsequent press will give you a dot '.'. In a web page field, the Space key will just give you a dot for each press.

BlackBerry has an auto-correct feature that allows you to properly punctuate contracted words without having to mess about with Alt and trying to find the apostrophe key. Type youll and it will automatically correct itself to you'll when you press space. In some cases, the contracted word will look like another word and will not auto-correct, e.g. ill instead of I'll. To auto-correct to I'll, type il instead. The same goes for wel (we'll), hel (he'll), shel (she'll), wont (won't), shouldnt (shouldn't), wer (we're) and so on. You get the idea.

You can also send your mobile number and PIN in a message if you want people to have it. Just type mynumber and mypin in the message and it will auto-correct for you.

There are lots more hidden shortcuts in the BlackBerry when using the Calendar, Contacts, pictures, music player, etc.

If there is a positive response to this article, I will post more.
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by:lherrou
Nice! I'll have to get my wife to read this one (I'm an Android user, she's got the BB).

I voted YES above.
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by:Michel Plungjan
Me too

I want to know how to keep lower case when what I write could be an acronym or an "i"

for example I type this daily
for (var i=0;i<something.length;i++) {
   doSomething(something[i])
}

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and it is very hard to type on a BB

Also I sometimes need Danish and I saw æøå appear sometimes by accident but cannot find them anywhere on purpose

On my Nokia, I just hit aaaaaa until the correct char appeared

Lastly some emails have embedded images and I cannot zoom. I have to save the image to see what it is.
Is there a way to zoom without saving?

Thanks
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by:Mike Sullivan
Depending on your BlackBerry, you can edit the auto-correct library from Options > Autocorrect or Options > Typing and Input > Word Substitution

Delete the i > I entry or change it away from SmartCase.

To change the language, press and hold Alt, tap the Enter key and scroll to your preferred language. Once you have changed the language, the alternative characters will appear when you type letters.

You can't zoom images in emails, I'm afraid. You have to save it first.
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by:Michel Plungjan
Thanks. The characters I am looking for are not in the available languages but I have seen them appear on some key combos I just did not know which combo I accidentally executed.
So I need the "other latin-1 charset" button I have on my nokia when I want to enter a special char
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by:Danny Child
If you have the language available on the device, to change to a different character set, just type the parent character, for example: e, and then while holding it, then roll the button (or track pad) up or down to see the options: éè and so on.  Release the character letter when you have the one you want.

Regarding the i problem - I would personally put a new shortcut in - ie Replace ii With i
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by:Michel Plungjan
Élegant øbberbøv - interesingly I can only scroll on single letters so the first ø went well but the second needed a space first. How do I change the auto correct from ii to i ? Thanks !
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by:Mike Sullivan
mplungjan, depending on the handset that you have, go into Options > Autotext or Options > Typing and Input > Word Substitution

You can add your own selections in there.
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by:Michel Plungjan
Hmm, it is not there...

I get this when I start typing [ i ] which I do a lot here.
It changes to [ i i
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by:Michel Plungjan
Right, I added change ii to i - thanks
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by:Mike Sullivan
No problem. Don't forget to vote on the article :-)
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by:Michel Plungjan
Already have :)
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