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Tips & Tricks Blackberry 42 : How to Navigate a Blackberry Without the Trackball

Posted by freeappsblackberry on January 13, 2010

Tips & Tricks Blackberry : How to Navigate a Blackberry Without the Trackball

  • Many of the newer BlackBerry Smart Phones are designed to be used with a trackball. The trackball allows the user to navigate screens, applications and the cursor (when composing text). It is possible, however, to navigate some BlackBerry applications and functions using just the keypad.

    Enable Shortcut Keys
  • Step 1

    The default setting for newer BlackBerrys is for the shortcuts from the “Home” screen to be turned off. The default is “off” so you can dial phone numbers from the Home screen. If your shortcuts have not been turned on, you will need to do so before you will be able to navigate without using the trackball.

  • Step 2

    Go to the “Phone” application by pressing the green “call send” button. This button is the second to the left of your trackball.

  • Step 3

    Press the “Menu” key. The Menu key is the key to the immediate left of the trackball. It has the BlackBerry logo on it.

  • Step 4

    Choose ” Options” from the list that appears after pressing the menu key. You can choose by pressing the “Enter” key. Each press of the “Enter” key scrolls down the list by one.

  • Step 5

    Choose “General Options” by pressing the “Enter” key.

  • Step 6

    Change the “Dial From Home Screen” field to “No.” Once you scroll down to this field by pressing the “Enter” key, you can press the “Alt” key in order to access a sub-menu which gives you the choices of “Yes” and “No.” Choose “No.”

  • Step 7

    Hit the “Back” button in order to save your selection. The “Back” button is the button with the curved arrow to the immediate right of the trackball. Your BlackBerry is now enabled to use shortcut keys from the Home screen.

  • Step 1

    Shortcuts for messages: From your BlackBerry Home screen, press “M” for messages. Once in the Messages application, you can press “C” to compose a message. In order to move up a screen, press the “Shift” key and the “Space” key. In order to move down a screen, press the “Space” key. Pressing “T” will move you to the top of a message list. Pressing “B” will move you to the bottom. By pressing “U,” you can move to the next unopened item. Press “N” to move to the next date. If you wish to move to the previous date, press “P.”

  • Step 2

    Some application shortcuts: Press the corresponding key to access the following applications:
    “D” = Memo Pad
    “A” = Address Book
    “U” = Calculator
    “L” = Calendar
    “T” = Tasks
    “B” = Browser
    “N” = BlackBerry Messenger
    “G” = Google Talk
    “H” = Help

  • Step 3

    Menu shortcuts: Once you open a menu on your BlackBerry, you can click the first letter of a menu item in order to select it. Press “Enter” in order to save your selection. If more than one menu item begins with the same first letter, press the letter key multiple times until you arrive at your desired menu item.


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