How To BB10 – Physical Keyboard Shortcuts In 10.3.1

Or how to be even more productive with your BlackBerry!

Passport Keyboard

Now with the update to OS10.3.1, the physical keyboard BlackBerry10 handsets get an update to the keyboard shortcuts. With a fair few of the UTB staff moving to physical keyboards from virtual, I thought I would look at the shortcuts available and how to edit them.

Until the update all that could be done (on Q5/Q10/Passport) was to create a speed dial for a contact on any of the keys. With the update to 10.3.1 you can now set your physical keyboard keys to do almost anything you want. These are on top of the existing keyboard shortcuts that Physical Keyboard users know and love. Detailed here.

 

By default the settings are;
Key
Action

A
Launch Contacts

B
Launch Browser

C
Compose New Message

D
Create New Note

E

F

G

H
Launch Help

I

J

K
Lock Device

L
Launch Calendar

M
Launch BlackBerry Hub

N
Launch BBM

O
Launch Settings

P
Launch Phone

Q
Toggle Notification Modes

R
Launch Clock

S

T
Create New Task

U
Launch Calculator

V

W
Call Voicemail   (locked and cant be changed)

X

Y

Z

So press and hold the ‘C’ and the new Compose Message app (which is a great feature in its own) opens.

_Most of these shortcuts can be changed to almost any function you want. To do this, either press and hold on an unassigned letter on the keypad, or go into Settings and select ‘ Shortcuts and Speed Dial’

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Once in ‘Shortcuts and Speed dial menu, there is a list of the letters and the function assigned. For an unassigned letter tap on it and the Assign Shortcut menu pops up.

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_If you are editing an existing shortcut, tap and hold on the letter you want to edit and select ‘Edit Shortcut’ from the fly out menu.

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Easy Really.

Of all these options I think the one I like best is the new option of ‘Quick Compose Shortcut’ this is like a speed dial for messages, you can set a key press to create a message to a particular contact via  your preferred way of contacting them e.g. X to BBM UTB Brad.

Posted from my BlackBerry Passport on behalf of UTBBlogs.com

davemorgan

In the Cellular industry since day one and a BlackBerry user since almost day one. Ask me if you need anything, I will try and help.

  • Brad

    Great stuff Dave!

    I get an x? :)

  • Blackjack

    Thanks Dave this is awesome and timely.
    Good to see you blogging!

  • BrizBerryDevs

    A very useful “How-To”, Dave – it seems BlackBerry 10 is full of these little time-savers – they’re almost like rewards for choosing devices with physical keyboards!

  • Canuckvoip

    I knew about a few of those, but not all.
    Perfect, thanks!

  • ray689

    Awesome. Thanks Dave. Love this. BlackBerry truly is a productivity machine.

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