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Blackberry Tips

I was at the launch today of the new Blackberry BOLD 9700.  Fantstic device – more on that soon.

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However, something became clear to me – LOADS of people don’t know all the tips and tricks that are easy to use on your blackberry.

I ‘tweeted’ these through an account called @Blackberry140 – Hoping to help people make the most of their blackberry – I’ve listed them for you below.

Most recent at the top, are the Blackbery Tips published @Blackberry140

Autotext #4: When composing – type mynumber (then space) to insert your phone number
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Autotext #3: When composing – type lt (then space) to automatically type the LOCAL TIME – “7:18:17 AM”
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Autotext #2: When composing – type ld (then space) to automatically tupe the LOCAL DATE – “Mon, Jul 6, 2009”
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Autotext #1: When composing – type br (then space) for a LEFT BRACKET “(” – easier than shift etc.
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while on a call – you can make notes. MENU – ADD NOTE – then type away. Escape to close. Read notes under View Call History/Edit Notes
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Use left and right side BUTTONS for better apps – OPTIONS/Screen-Keyboard then choose the app you want to launch on pressing those buttons
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Use Blackberry Messenger – its the fastest way to communicate with your fellow blackberry users – Look in “instant messaging” folder if lost
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Separate your SMS’s from Emails – In Messages, MENU/OPTIONS/General – Set “SMS & Email Inboxes” to “Separate” – Tidy’s things up
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Set a ringtone for a specific contact: Contacts – then Scroll to the contact you want (don’t click it) – MENU – Add Custom Ringtone!
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Change your default sending account (assuming u have Multiple) – Options/Advanced Options/Default Services – Calendar/Mail/Contact changable
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Download Google Talk for your Blackberry – goto http://blackberry.com/googl… on your blackberry browser #Blackberry
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Dialling Phone Numbers with WORDS in them :in Phone App, Dial Numbers as Normal, Hold Down the ALT key and dial the letters when needed
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Current System Info (good for technical support info) – Hold “Alt” and (left) “shift”, then press “H”.
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Looking for your IMEI Number? Type “*”, “#”, “0”, “6”, “#” on the Home screen.
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Change ‘importance’ of your message – while composing – MENU/OPTIONS – change importance to Low/Normal/High
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To go to the next message, while reading one, N will show NEXT, P will show previous – same works for SONGS and PICTURES in Media Player!
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Turn off the Green Coverage LED – OPTIONS/Screen-Keyboard – LED Coverage Indicator “Off” – Simple #Blackberry Tip
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Want Calls but not Email (on Holidays?) – OPTIONS/MOBILE Network/Data Services – Choose OFF – calls come in, sms come in, NO EMAIL!
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select multiple messages – hold shift (aA) and move scroll wheel – just like Holding Shift and arrow down/up on your PC
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to Reboot your Blackberry without removing battery – Press alt+CAP(aA)+Del (hard to do, but possible)
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While typing, press SPACE bar TWICE to insert a full stop, and capitalise next letter typed. Great for wordy emails or documents.#Blackberry
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When reading a message – press SPACE to scroll down a page. #Blackberry #Tip
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when composing an email to a ‘non contact’ – press space for @ and dot’s in the email address field. #Blackberry #Tip
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Don’t scroll through your contacts – type basic letters or initials and Blackberry will sort results for you! fast, and easy
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Web Browser shortcuts,press K to open your bookmarks. To add a new bookmark at any time, press A
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Clear out your inbox – Scroll to a Day Marker (Thu, Jun 11, 2009) press MENU, then either Delete Prior – OR – Mark Prior Opened #Blackberry
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not finished reading a long email? – do other things – then Next time you open the email – press G – takes you to the spot you were reading
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Track your blackberry, locate your missing blackberry, backup your blackberry OTA – www.smrtguard.com – It’s excellent for power users
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Quick LOCK keyboard for those with no LOCK button (like the 8900) – Press and Hold * or A key
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Quick swap to VIBRATE mode on Blackberry – press and hold Q or # key. Same key to revert to your last phone mode.
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text shortcuts – in composing >Menu/Edit Autotext/Menu/New – replace icct with “in car cant talk” – save. type icct in text to show message
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throw away your iPod, use your Blackberry as a music player – Download Blackberry Media Sync to Sync Itunes playlists – http://bit.ly/mK68C
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silent ringing, except for special calls? – Profiles / Advanced / Except For + Menu – New Exception, Choose person, and specific ring-tone
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want 5 different icons on your home screen? goto the main icon list, move the 5 you want to the top row (ALT+Trackball then MOVE)
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your alarm has 3 options – ON, OFF and Weekdays only. Very handy for work day wake ups, often overlooked #BlackberryTip #Blackberry
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make the buttons on the left and right side do what you want – OPTIONS/SCREEN-Keyboard, then choose a new action for the Left and Right key
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when listening to music on your blackberry, press the UP volume button for a little longer than normal to goto NEXT track. Down for Previous
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from your inbox, to view ONLY SMS messages, press ALT then S (shows sent and received)
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Downloaded a good app, want it on your home screen. Find it. ALT+Trackball, MOVE TO FOLDER, choose and click HOME #Blackberry #BlackberryTip
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Marriage advice:CLOCK/MENU/OPTIONS in ‘Bedside Mode’ – DISABLE LED – that stops the flashing light. OR, Disable RADIO (but no phone then!)
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In your Inbox – Shortcuts Help – T=Top of list, B=Bottom of List, N=Next Day, P=Previous Day, U=Next Unopened, C=Compose New. #Blackberry
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Create a new calendar event/appointment from any Calendar View – Press C to create. #Blackberry #BlackberryTips #BlackberryTricks
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When Viewing your calendar, switch views with shortcuts: W=Week, D=Day, M=Month, A=Agenda.
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An overview of your calendar is the best place to start – In Calendar – menu/options/General Options – “Initial View” – Choose WEEK
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combine your SMS and EMAIL inbox – In Messages, menu/options/General Options – SMS and Email Inboxes – Choose COMBINED
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find the text on screen too big? make it smaller – OPTIONS (spanner icon),Screen/Keyboard, Font Family (try Alpha or Casual), Size (try 7)
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Clear clutter by hiding icons – hover over an icon, press ALT+trackball, scroll down to HIDE. Same keys to SHOW ALL to see hidden icons
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