Key functionality

In most cases, an action occurs when users press a key, not when they release a key. However, when users click and hold the Menu key, the action occurs when users release the key.

Key

Use

Alt

Type the alternate character on a key on most BlackBerry® devices. The BlackBerry® Pearl™ 9105 smartphone does not have an Alt key.

Convenience

Users can perform the following actions:

  • Open an application.
  • Take a picture in the camera application.

BlackBerry devices have a two-stage Convenience key. If you are developing an application, make sure that the application opens when users press the Convenience key all the way down.

End/Power

Users can perform the following actions:

  • End a call.
  • Press and hold the End/Power key to turn on or turn off most BlackBerry devices. The Power/Lock key turns on or turns off BlackBerry® Storm2™ Series devices.

You can also use the End/Power key for navigation. For example, if users press the End/Power key in an application, the Home screen displays. If users return to the application, the screen that displayed before users left the application appears.

Escape

Users can perform the following actions:

  • Navigate to the previous screen or state. For example, pressing the Escape key dismisses the current screen and displays the previous screen, dismisses a menu or dialog box, or zooms out one level in a picture, map, web page, or attachment.
  • Stop an action or dismiss results. For example, pressing the Escape key stops loading a web page in the browser, stops a search, or dismisses search results.
  • Close an application that has a screen with tabs. Pressing the Escape key does not display the previous tabs.
  • Close the browser and media applications by pressing and holding the Escape key.

Avoid using the Escape key to allow users to clear the text in a field. Allow users to press the Shift key and the Delete key to clear the text in a field instead.

Lock

Lock the keyboard or lock the screen on BlackBerry devices with a touch screen.

Menu

Users can perform the following actions:

  • Open the menu for a screen in an application.
  • Initiate an action when a menu item is highlighted.
  • Initiate an action when a button is highlighted in a dialog box.
  • Switch applications by pressing and holding the Menu key.

Mute

Users can perform the following actions:

  • Mute a call.
  • Pause and mute the sound from an audio or video file.

Previous and Next

Play the previous or next audio or video file on smartphones in the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 Series.

Send

Users can perform the following actions:

  • Open the phone application.
  • Answer a call.
  • Call a highlighted phone number.

Shift

Highlight text by pressing the Shift key and moving a finger on the trackpad or touch screen.

Space

Users can perform the following actions:

  • Type a space.
  • Select a radio button, check box, or drop-down list item.
  • Insert a period (.) when pressed twice in a text field.
  • Insert a period (.) in a web address field or an email address field.
  • Insert an at sign (@) in an email address field.

You can also use the Space key as a shortcut to move down a screen in an application.

Speakerphone

Turn on or turn off the speakerphone during a call on BlackBerry devices. The BlackBerry Pearl 9105 smartphone does not have a speakerphone key.

Symbol

Open the symbol list.

Volume Down

Volume Up

Users can perform the following actions:

  • Decrease or increase the volume.
  • Play the previous or next audio or video file.
  • Zoom in to or out from a subject before taking a picture.
  • Press and hold the Volume Down key to send an incoming call to voice mail when the BlackBerry device is inserted in a holster.
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