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Take the Easy Way Out with Shortcuts

Cut the course with shortcuts—perhaps the most powerful and underused feature of the device.

The BlackBerry has a very rich system of using shortcuts and hotkeys to quickly navigate inside of applications, and to launch applications from the Home screen. This hack is based largely on the compilation of hotkeys and shortcuts that Mark Rejhon has been maintaining on the very useful BlackBerry Forums web site (http://www.blackberryforums.com/). Mark maintains several FAQs that are of interest to BlackBerry newbies and veterans.

To use application launch shortcuts, you may need to disable the ability to dial from the Home screen [Hack #18] in the Phone application’s options. This will mean you can’t just start dialing numbers when you pick up an idle BlackBerry, but you can quickly tap the top button on your BlackBerry to put you into the Phone application, and thus be ready for number input there as well.


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