Keyboard Shortcuts

Using a smartphone effectively involves learning how to use it quickly and efficiently.  Getting to know the keyboard shortcuts on your Pre will help you do things faster.  Here’s a list to help you out.

First, the simple ones:

Shift HW_Shift_icon_CasS09: Enter uppercase letters.  Press and release, then press the key you want.  Press twice for CAPS lock.  Press a third time to clear the shift state

Sym HW_Sym_icon_CasS09:  Brings up a list of the symbol characters.  You can scroll through the list by dragging or flicking.  You can also press a letter on the keyboard to filter by that letter.  Pressing another letter with a matching symbol key will change the filter.  Press Sym again to clear dismiss the list.

Orange HW_Orange_icon_CasS09:  Selects the alternate keys on the keypad (the numbers and symbols printed on the keys).  Press twice to lock to this input mode.  Pressing a third time clears the mode.

Center HW_Center_icon_CasS09: Switches to card view, allowing you to scroll through your applications

Now, the more complicated ones:

Cursor movement:  Press and hold the Orange key (HW_Orange_icon_CasS09) then swipe on the display to move the cursor.  Left and right work in move input fields, up and down will work in some.

Text Selection:  Press and hold the Shift key (HW_Shift_icon_CasS09) then swipe on the display to move the cursor.

Cut, Copy and Paste:  Press and hold the gesture area then press X (cut), C (copy) or V (paste).

Screen shot:  Press Orange HW_Orange_icon_CasS09 + Shift HW_Shift_icon_CasS09 + P.  Note: You must hold all three buttons at the same time.  Images will be saved in the screencaptures folder in the Photos app.

Reboot: Press Orange HW_Orange_icon_CasS09 + Sym HW_Sym_icon_CasS09 + R.  Note: You must hold all three buttons at the same time.

Bold: Press Sym HW_Sym_icon_CasS09 + B.  Note: This only works in Rich Text fields, such as e-mail.  If a selection is active then bold is applied to the selection.

Italics: Press Sym HW_Sym_icon_CasS09 + I.  Note: This only works in Rich Text fields, such as e-mail.  If a selection is active then the selection is italicized.  Also, if you don’t press another letter (such as Q) while still holding Sym after doing this combination it will insert an i with an accent into your text, replacing your selection.  Use with caution.

For more information check out Palm’s list, this Pre Central Keyboard Tricks post or the excellent Palm Pre Tips and Tricks post.

3 Responses to “Keyboard Shortcuts”

  1. noah says:

    i love the review about the palm pre it was pretty help , but i got one question how do we forward messages?

  2. Pre101 says:

    If you’re referring to e-mail messages you just tap the forward icon. Here’s a link at Palm on forwarding an e-mail: http://kb.palm.com/wps/portal/kb/na/pre/p100eww/sprint/solutions/article/43841_en.html#N05E2BEA8.05DEDD94 If you’re talking about SMS then you’re out of luck for now, though if you’ve rooted your phone, check out this: http://predev.wikidot.com/forward-messages

  3. kia says:

    try downloading the updates…worked for me!