BEST TIPS – Blackberry Messaging Shortcuts

BlackBerry is used by many professional and home users – one thing that has bugged me always is “the difficult approach to messaging”, at one point i though this isn’t for me because it greatly affected my efficiency in my normal working days flickering my thumb over the trackpad and scrollin,.. scrollin.. and scrolling through the messages. Well, here’s what i have learned to stop scrolling!

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Below are the list of the helpful shortcuts combined to increase efficiency

Blackberry Messaging 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.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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BEST TIPS – Blackberry Messaging Shortcuts

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