Home screen shortcuts

You can use your BlackBerry Keyboard with Instant Action to quickly perform a number of tasks when you type certain commands on the home screen. You can use home screen shortcuts to make a call, send email or text messages, start a BBM chat, update your Facebook status, post a tweet or a LinkedIn update, or add notes and tasks to BlackBerry Remember.

Make a call

  1. On the home screen, type call and the name or number of the person that you want to call. For example, you can type call Ian or call 5195550100.
  2. Beneath Actions, tap the action that you want to perform.

Send an email

  1. On the home screen, type email and the name of the contact that you want to send your email to. For example, you can type email Tanya McPherson.
  2. Beneath Actions, tap the action that you want to perform.

Send a text message

  1. On the home screen, type text and the name or number of the person that you want to send a text message to. For example, you can type text Blake or text 5195550100.
  2. Beneath Actions, tap the action that you want to perform.

Start a BBM chat

  1. On the home screen, type BBM and the name of the person that you want to start a chat with. For example, you can type BBM Megan Ball.
  2. Beneath Actions, tap the action that you want to perform.

Update your Facebook status

  1. On the home screen, type Facebook and your status update. For example, you can type Facebook heading to the car show today.
  2. Beneath Actions, tap the action that you want to perform.

Post a tweet

  1. On the home screen, type tweet and your tweet. For example, you can type tweet loving the weather lately.
  2. Beneath Actions, tap the action that you want to perform.

Post a LinkedIn update

  1. On the home screen, type LinkedIn and your update. For example, you can type LinkedIn really enjoyed the training session today.
  2. Beneath Actions, tap the action that you want to perform.

Add a note to BlackBerry Remember

  1. On the home screen, type note and the contents of your note. For example, you can type note pick up milk on the way home.
  2. Beneath Actions, tap the action that you want to perform.

Add a task to BlackBerry Remember

  1. On the home screen, type task and the contents of your task. For example, you can type task prepare for the meeting tomorrow.
  2. Beneath Actions, tap the action that you want to perform.

Alternative home screen shortcuts

Instead of typing an entire command on the home screen, in some instances, you can type an alternative command. Depending on your device language, alternative shortcuts might not be available.

Action Alternative shortcuts
Make a call Type the phone number, or type phone or dial, followed by the number.
Send an email Type mail.
Send a text message Type sms, msg, or message.
Update your Facebook status Type fb.
Post a tweet Type tweet or tw.
Post a LinkedIn update Type li.
Add a note to BlackBerry Remember Type memo.
Add a task to BlackBerry Remember Type todo.


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