Keyboard shortcuts for the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 smartphone

Article ID: KB22698

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 12-15-2011

 

Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry Pearl 9100 Series
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  • BlackBerry® Pearl™ 9100 smartphone
  • BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0
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BlackBerry basics shortcuts
Phone shortcuts
Message shortcuts
Typing shortcuts
File and Attachment shortcuts
Media shortcuts
Browser shortcuts
Calendar shortcuts
Search shortcuts
Map shortcuts

Note: Depending on the typing input language that you are using, some shortcuts might not be available.


BlackBerry basics shortcuts

  • To move back a screen, press the Escape key.
  • To open a menu in an application to access options and available actions, press the Menu key.
  • To move to a list item or menu item, type the first letter of the item.
  • To select a highlighted menu item, press the Menu key.
  • To select or clear a check box, press the Space key.
  • To view available values in a field, press the Alt key.
  • To switch applications, press and hold the Menu key. Click an application.
  • To return to the Home screen, when you are not on a call, press the End key.
  • To delete a highlighted item, press the Backspace/Delete key.

From the Home screen

  • To lock the keyboard, press and hold the asterisk (*) key. To unlock the keyboard, press and hold the asterisk (*) key and press the Send key.
  • To lock the BlackBerry smartphone, set a password. Press and hold the asterisk (*) key.
  • To unlock the BlackBerry smartphone, type your password. Press the Enter key.
  • To switch between the active notification profile and the Vibrate notification profile, press and hold the # key.

Phone shortcuts

  • To change your ring tone, from the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, press the Send key. Press the Menu key. Click Set Ring Tone.
  • To check your voice mail, press and hold 1.
  • To send an incoming call to voice mail, press and hold the Volume Down key on the right side of your BlackBerry smartphone.
  • To set up speed dial for a contact, on the Home screen or in the phone application of the BlackBerry smartphone, press and hold the key that you would like to assign speed dial to.
  • To add an extension to a phone number, press the X key. Type the extension number.
  • To type a letter in a phone number field, press and hold the Alt key. Use the multi-tap input method to type the letter.
  • To insert a plus sign (+) when typing a phone number, press and hold 0.
  • To turn on the speakerphone during a call, press the period (.) key. To turn off the speakerphone during a call, press the period (.) key again.
  • If you are using a wireless headset, to stop listening to a call with the headset, press the period (.) key. To listen to a call using the wireless headset again, press the period (.) key again.
  • If you have multiple phone numbers associated with your BlackBerry smartphone, to change the active phone number, from the Home screen, press the Send key. Click your phone number at the top of the screen. Click a phone number.

Message shortcuts

In a message

  • To reply to an email message, press the exclamation point (!) key.
  • To forward email message, press the period (.) key.
  • To move to the last cursor position after you close and reopen a received email message or PIN message, press 5.

In a message list

  • To open a highlighted email message, press the Enter key.
  • To compose email message from a message list, press the comma (,) key.
  • To view received messages and received call logs, press the Alt key and 3.
  • To view call logs, press the Alt key and the period (.) key.
  • To view voice mail messages, press the Alt key and 7.
  • To view SMS text messages, press the Alt key and the question mark (?) key.
  • To view all your messages, press the Escape key.

Move around a message list

  • To move up a screen, press the Shift key and the Space key.
  • To move down a screen, press the Space key.
  • To move to the top of a message list, press 1.
  • To move to the bottom of a message list, press 7.
  • To move up a message, press 2.
  • To move down a message, press 8.
  • To move to the next date, press 6.
  • To move to the previous date, press 4.

Typing shortcuts

  • To insert a period, press the Space key twice. The next letter is capitalized.
  • To capitalize a letter, press and hold the letter key until the capitalized letter appears.
  • To type the alternate character on a key, press and hold the Alt key and press the character key.
  • To type an accented or special character, press and hold the letter key and slide your finger on the trackpad left or right. Click a selected character. For example, to type ü, press and hold 3 and slide your finger on the trackpad to the left until ü is highlighted. Click the trackpad.
  • 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 text field, press and hold the Alt key and press the number key.
  • To type a letter in a number field, press and hold the Alt key and use the multi-tap input method.
  • To turn on NUM lock, press the Shift key and the Alt key. To turn off NUM lock, press the Alt key.
  • To type a long word quickly, type part of the word. In the list that appears when you type, highlight an item with the same initial letters as the word that you want to type. Slide your finger on the trackpad to the right. In the second list that appears on the screen, highlight the word that you want to type. Press the Enter key.

Insert symbols

  • 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. To view more symbols, press the Symbol key again. Type the letter that appears below the symbol..

Work with text

  • To highlight a line of text, press and hold the Shift key and slide your finger on the trackpad up or down.
  • To highlight text character by character, press and hold the Shift key and slide your finger on the trackpad 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 trackpad.
  • To paste highlighted text when typing, press the Shift key and click the trackpad.

File and attachment shortcuts

  • To search for text in an attachment, press Q.

In a spreadsheet

  • To move to a specific cell, press A.
  • To view the content of a cell, press the Space key.
  • To switch worksheets, press O. Highlight a worksheet. Press the Enter key.

In a presentation

  • To switch presentation views, press Z.
  • To move to the next slide when viewing a presentation in slide view, press 6.
  • To move to the previous slide when viewing a presentation in slide view, press 4.

Media shortcuts

Audio and video files

  • To pause an audio or video file, press the Play/Pause/Mute key on the top of your BlackBerry smartphone. To resume playing an audio or video file, press the Play/Pause/Mute key again.
  • If you are using a headset, to turn on the audio boost feature to amplify the volume for songs, ring tones, and videos, press the Volume Up key until you reach the highest volume setting, and then press the Volume Up key four times quickly.

Pictures

  • To pan a picture, you must first be zoomed in.
  • To zoom in to a picture, press 3. To zoom to the original picture size, press 7.
  • To zoom out from a picture, press 9. To zoom to the original picture size, press 7.
  • To pan up in a picture, press 2.
  • To pan down in a picture, press 8.
  • To pan right in a picture, press 6.
  • To pan left in a picture, press 4.
  • To return to the center of a picture, press 5.
  • To rotate a picture, press the comma (,) key.

Camera and video camera

  • To zoom in to a subject before taking a picture, press the Volume Up key.
  • To zoom out from a subject before taking a picture, press the Volume Down key.
  • To take a picture, press the Right Convenience key.
  • To change the flash mode for a picture, if available, or to turn on low-light mode for a video, press the Space key.

Browser shortcuts

  • To insert a period (.) in the web address field, press the Space key.
  • To insert a slash mark (/) in the web address field, press the Shift key and the Space key.
  • To stop loading a web page, press the Escape key.
  • To close the browser, hold the Escape key.

On a web page

  • To switch between Column view and Page view, press the at sign (@) key.
  • To zoom in to a web page, press the comma (,) key.
  • To zoom out from a web page, press the period (.) key.
  • To turn on support for JavaScript, press the Symbol key.
  • To move to a specific web page, press 5.
  • To add a bookmark, press the question mark (?) key.
  • To follow a link, highlight or pause on the link. Press the Enter key.
  • To hide the banner, press the exclamation point (!) key. To view the banner, press the exclamation point (!) key.

Navigate a web page

  • To move up a screen, press 3.
  • To move down a screen, press 9.
  • To move to the top of a web page, press 1.
  • To move to the bottom of a web page, press 7.

Calendar shortcuts

For shortcuts to work in Day view, in the general calendar options, change the Enable Quick Entry field to No.

  • To schedule an appointment, press the period (.) key.
  • To move to the next day, week, or month, press 9.
  • To move to the previous day, week, or month, press 3.
  • To move up an hour in Day view or Week view, press 2.
  • To move down an hour in Day view or Week view, press 8.
  • To move to the current date, press the exclamation point (!) key.

Search shortcuts

  • To search for a contact in a list of contacts, type the contact name or initials separated by a space.
  • To search for text in a file or an attachment, press Q.
  • To search for text in a presentation, you must view the presentation in text view or in text and slide view. Press Q.

Map shortcuts

  • To zoom in to a map, press L.
  • To zoom out from a map, press O.
  • To move to the next direction on a route, press 6.
  • To move to the previous direction on a route, press 4.
  • To view status information at the top of a map, press Q. To hide status information at the top of a map, press Q again.
  • To view tracking information at the bottom of a map while you are tracking your movement, press the Space key. To hide tracking information at the bottom of a map, press the Space key again.

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