Tips To Use Shortcuts from the BlackBerry Smarphone Home Screen

This post talks about a trick which'll allow you to quickly navigate around your BlackBerry smartphone using shortcut keys on your home screen. Provided you have a QWERTY keyboard, the next step would be identifying which version of BlackBerry Device Software you are using, as the settings to enable this feature differ between versions. Using […]

This post talks about a trick which'll allow you to quickly navigate around your BlackBerry smartphone using shortcut keys on your home screen. Provided you have a QWERTY keyboard, the next step would be identifying which version of BlackBerry Device Software you are using, as the settings to enable this feature differ between versions. Using the steps below, you can identify which version of BlackBerry Device Software you have before continuing on with this article.

  • BlackBerry Device Software 4.x & 5.x = Options > About
  • BlackBerry 6 = Options > Device > About Device Versions

BlacBerry Smartphone home screen

To enable Shortcuts from BB home screen, you'll need to modify the "Dial From Home Screen" setting. To make this change, complete following steps:

  1. Press Phone key
  2. Press BlackBerry key and select Options
  3. Select General Options
  4. Set Dial From Home Screen to No

When BlackBerry 6 was released, this setting was changed and is now referred to as Application Shortcuts. To enable this setting, complete following steps:

  1. On home screen, press the BlackBerry key
  2. Select Options
  3. Set Launch by Typing to Application Shortcuts

(Note: By doing this, you're turning off the ability to launch Universal Search by typing on the Home Screen, you can still use it by tapping the magnifying glass that appears in the top right corner of the BB home screen)

After completing part one, shortcuts are now available for use on your BB smartphone, so the next step would be identifying which shortcuts you can use. Listed below are several of the shortcuts:

To view more shortcuts -- including shortcuts that work within a specific app -- review the User Guide for your BB smartphone.

BlockBerry Smartphone shortcuts

To view more shortcuts -- including shortcuts that work within a specific app -- review the User Guide for your BB smartphone.

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