Blackberry Keyboard Shortcuts

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As with any other frequently used desktop application, the first thing that I did when I got the Blackberry was to familiarize myself with the keyboard shortcuts.

Keyboard shortcuts are typically an alternate means for invoking one or more commands that would otherwise be accessible only through a menu, a pointing device, different levels of a user interface, or via a command console – Wikipedia

My old HTC Touch, being a touch based phone, had no concept of keyboard or a shortcut which was quite frustrating. The Blackberry OS comes with a multitude of shortcuts and in this article, I will cover only the shortcuts available on the Blackberry Home Screen.

In order to enable some of the shortcuts listed in the table below, one has to first disable “Dialing from Home Screen”

  1. Go to Phone Screen -> Blackberry Key -> Options -> General Options
  2. Set Dial From Home Screen to NO

Note:
These shortcuts are the ones defined in the OS; one can always install a third party application like QuickLaunch which helps in assigning shortcuts to all kinds of operations possible on a Blackberry device

Keyboard Shortcut

Function

M

Messages

A

Address Book

C

Compose Message via Address Book

L

Calendar

N

Blackberry Messenger

B

Browser

S

Search

H

Help

O

Options

K

Lock Keyboard

D

MemoPad

T

Tasks

U

Calculator

V

Saved Messages

G

Google Talk

X

Windows Live Messenger

Y

Yahoo Messenger

P

Phone

Alt+Shift+H

Blackberry Help Me Screen

Alt+LGLG

Blackberry Event Log

Alt+ Right Shift+Del

Soft Reset

Alt+Escape

Application Switch Taskbar

The shortcuts for the Instant Messaging Applications will work provided they are installed.

If I have missed any other Home Screen shortcut key, do let me know by leaving a comment.

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