SurePress™ touch screen technology on a BlackBerry Storm smartphone

Article ID: KB16147

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 01-06-2012


Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry Storm smartphones
  • BlackBerry® Storm™ 9500 series smartphone
  • BlackBerry® Device software 4.6 to 5.0

The BlackBerry® Storm™ smartphone uses SurePress™ touch screen technology to deliver a more natural typing experience – it simulates the feel of pressing keys on a keyboard. The screen permits two styles of input:

1. A soft touch allows the BlackBerry smartphone user to navigate the workspace, scroll through items, and change focus from one item to another.

2. A firm press will launch an action. This method of input is accompanied by a distinct tactile click.

The BlackBerry Storm smartphone has three types of keyboards depending on the orientation of the BlackBerry smartphone:

  • SureType® technology keyboard (portrait orientation)
  • Multi-tap keyboard (portrait orientation)
  • QWERTY keyboard (landscape or portrait orientation)

Note: Portrait keyboard styles can be set in Options>Screen/Keyboard using the setting called Portrait View Keyboard.

Full Keyboard - Landscape orientation

Number key

  • Displays numbers and mathematical symbols

Tip: To type several numbers in a row, lock the number keyboard by holding the number key (!?123) until 123 appears in the top right corner, then press the desired keys. To exit the number keyboard, press the number key.

Symbol key

  • Displays symbols

Tip: If using a keyboard in portrait view, access more symbols by pressing the symbol key again.

Shift key

  • Capitalizes the next character typed when pressed once

Tip: To type several capital letters in a row, press and hold the Shift key (a small lock appears on the key), then press the desired keys.

Delete key

  • Deletes characters to the left of the cursor

Enter key

  • Begins a new line

Space key

  • Inserts a space between characters when pressed once, or inserts a period and starts a new sentence with a capital letter when pressed twice
  • Inserts an @ symbol or a period in the address field of email messages

      Tip: To hide the keyboard, slide down, or select Hide Keyboard from the menu.

    • CollapseAdditional Information
      Backdoor commands for the BlackBerry® Storm™ 9500 series smartphone (such as alt-VIEW, alt-NMLL, and RSET) require different keystrokes.  Refer to KB16311 for more details.


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