Guide to Creating Custom Keyboard Shortcuts for BlackBerry 10.3.1

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The BlackBerry 10.3.1 operating system offers several advancements over previous versions of the BlackBerry OS. BlackBerry 10.3.1 is already available for the BlackBerry Passport, the BlackBerry Classic and the BlackBerry Porsche design P’9983. It will reportedly be available for other BB devices such as the Z30, the Z10 and Q10 in February.

The latest version of the BB 10 operating system will allow users to create their own keyboard shortcuts. Shortcuts are a powerful feature that allows you to complete several actions by simply tapping and holding a key. You can, for example, create a shortcut that allows you to open a BBM chat with a particular contact. You can also create shortcuts to open frequently used apps.

Keyboard shortcuts save time and help you to enhance your productivity when you use your BlackBerry 10 device.

In this article, we will explain how you can create new shortcuts or edit existing ones and maximize your productivity.

How to create a new shortcut or modify an existing shortcut

Your BlackBerry 10 device comes with a lot of keyboard shortcuts on its own. You can also create your own keyboard shortcuts or edit existing shortcuts. Here is how to do it.

  • On your home screen, swipe down from the upper part of the display.
  • Tap the gear sign Settings and then tap ‘Shortcuts and Speed Dial’.
  • Now if you want to create a new keyboard shortcut for an unassigned key, tap that key.
  • If you want to edit an existing shortcut, press the key and then tap ‘Edit A Shortcut’.
  • If you want to create a shortcut for opening an application, you should tap ‘App Launch Shortcut’.
  • If you want to create a shortcut for composing a message, tap ‘Quick Compose Shortcut’.
  • To add a keyboard shortcut for performing another kind of action such as locking your phone or composing a note, tap ‘Other Shortcut’.

How to delete a shortcut?

  • You can also delete shortcuts. To delete a shortcut, swipe down from the top of the home screen.
  • Tap the gear icon Settings and then tap ‘Shortcuts and Speed Dial’.
  • Tap and hold the keyboard shortcut you want to delete and then tap Delete.

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Overview of default shortcuts

BlackBerry 10.3.1 comes with a lot of preloaded shortcuts. Here is a quick overview of them.

  •  To open the Contacts application, tap A
  • To open the browser, tap B
  • To compose a new email message, tap the number 9 or the letter C.
  • To create a new Remember note, tap the number 5 or the letter D.
  • To open the Help application, tap H.
  • To lock your BlackBerry phone, tap K.
  • To open the Calendar application, tap L.
  • To open the BlackBerry Hub, tap M.
  • To open BBM, tap N.
  • To open your smartphone settings, tap O.
  • To open the Phone application, tap P.
  • To switch between silent and normal notification profiles, tap Q.
  • To open the Clock application, tap 3 or R.
  • To create new tasks, tap T.
  • To open the Calculator application, tap U.
  • To call voicemail, tap the number 1 or the letter W.

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