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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Blackberry - Typing Shortcuts for your RIM Blackberry Device

Here is a list of typing shortcuts that can be used with your RIM Blackberry device. These shortcuts work in the many applications when you are typing text on your Blackberry device. This list was compiled from a number of sources including RIM.

These can be used when typing:

  • To insert a period, press the Space key twice. The next letter is capitalized.
  • To capitalize a letter, hold the letter key until the capitalized letter appears.
  • To type the alternate character on a key, press the Alt key and the character key.
  • To type an accented or special character, hold the letter key and roll the trackball to the left or right. For example, to type &, hold U and roll the trackball to the left until & appears. Release the letter key when the accented or special character appears.
  • To type a number in a number field, press a number key. You do not need to press the Alt key.
  • To type a number in a password field, hold the Alt key and press the number key.
  • To turn on NUM lock, press the Alt key and the Left Shift key.
  • To turn on CAP lock, press the Alt key and the Right Shift key.
  • To turn off NUM lock or CAP lock, press the Shift key.
  • To switch typing input languages, on the Language screen, verify that the Use Input Language Shortcut field is set to Yes. Hold the Alt key and press the Enter key. Continue to hold the Alt key and highlight a language. Release the Alt key.
  • To insert an at sign (@) or a period (.) in an email address field, press the Space key.
  • To type a symbol, press the Symbol key. Type the letter that appears below the symbol.
  • To highlight a line of text, press the Shift key and roll the trackball.
  • To highlight text character by character, hold the Shift key and roll the trackball left or right.
  • To cancel a text selection, press the Escape key.
  • To cut highlighted text when typing, press the Shift key and the Backspace/Delete key.
  • To copy highlighted text when typing, press the Alt key and click the trackball.
  • To paste highlighted text when typing, press the Shift key and click the trackball.

Note: These shortcuts are compatible with the Blackberry 8800, Blackberry 8830, Blackberry Curve, and in some cases the Blackberry Pearl.

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