BlackBerry keyboard shortcuts - the definitive list

How to 13:23, Mar 08 2010

Consult our comprehensive list of BlackBerry keyboard shortcuts for the most common functions and tasks

One of the benefits of BlackBerry handsets sharing a common software platform is that the same shortcuts and time-saving features are present across all devices and are accessed in the same way.

Most BlackBerry handsets have full Qwerty keyboards, but there are still a host of shortcuts to make typing easier and to combat common errors. This facility can also be used to create common custom word shortcuts, by which you type commonly used terms in shorthand and your BlackBerry automatically substitutes the full correctly spelled word. Smart!

Messaging shortcuts

These shortcuts can be used in the message.

Desired action Shortcut
Reply to a message Press R
Reply to all Press L
File highlighted email message Press I
View email address of a contact in a message Highlight the contact and press Q To return to the display name press Q again


These shortcuts can be used in a message list

Desired action Shortcut
Open a highlighted message Press Enter key
Mark a message as opened or unopened Press Alt and U
View received messages Press Alt and I
View sent messages Press Alt and O
View voicemail messages Press Alt and V
View SMS text messages Press Alt and S
View call logs Press Alt and P
View all your messages again Press the Escape/Back key


These shortcuts can be used to move around a message list

Desired action Shortcut
Move to the top of the screen Press Shift and Space keys
Move to the bottom of the screen Press Space key
Go to the top of a message list Press T
Go to the bottom of a message list Press B
Move to next date Press N
Move to previous date Press P
Move to next unopened item Press U
Move to next related message Press J
Move to previous related message Press K


BlackBerry use made easy

Built-in touches often missed by users despite being in the manual

Desired action Shortcut
Insert a full stop Press Space key twice
Insert '@' and full stops into email addresses Press Space key while typing in the address
Type and accent or special character Hold the appropriate key and roll the trackpad or trackball
Capitalize a letter Hold the letter key until the capitalized character appears
Exit a screen or dialogue box Press Escape/Back key
Move the cursor in a different direction Press Alt key and roll the trackpad or trackball
Change an option field Hold Alt key and click a value
Jump to an item in a list or menu Press the first letter of the item
Select a check box Press Space key. To clear the box press the Space key again
Select a line of text Press Shift and roll the trackpad or trackball
Turn on the backlighting Press (but don't hold) the Power button
Find contacts from the BlackBerry homescreen Press the letters for the contact's first and last with a space between them
Switch to another program Hold down the BlackBerry button until the programs appear. Toggle through them using the trackball or trackpad and click Enter to select
Move down a screen Press Space key
Move up a screen Press Shift plus Space key
Multitask while on a call Press the BlackBerry button while on a call, followed by selecting the homescreen. From here you can access any other application or emails


BlackBerry applications shortcuts

These shortcuts can be used while in applications including Docs to Go and the BlackBerry browser

Desired action Shortcut
Change the size of a column in a spreadsheet Press the W key
View the contents of a spreadsheet cell Press Space key with the cell highlighted
Search for text in a spreadsheet Tap F followed by the text you are looking for
Switch to another worksheet Press V and select another worksheet
Skip forwards through slides Press N key
Skip backwards through slides Press P
Start a slideshow Press S
Stop a slideshow Press Escape
Enter a new web address in a browser Press G followed by the url
Add item to bookmarks Press A
Show bookmarks Press K
Refresh a web page Press R
Show a history of the most recent sites visited Press I
Insert a backslash to a web address Press Shift followed by Space

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