How to Move Through BlackBerry Curve Menus With Broken Trackballs

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How to Move Through BlackBerry Curve Menus With Broken Trackballs
The BlackBerry Curve trackball is located between the screen and the keyboard. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Unlike earlier BlackBerry devices that used a trackwheel on the side to navigate through the phone's menus, the Curve 8300 series uses a trackball in the centre of the keypad. The trackball allows the user to scroll in any direction, behaving like a mouse in some applications. Since the trackball is the main interface device, if it stops working you might be tempted to toss your BlackBerry in the trash. Fortunately, the BlackBerry Curve has a set of hotkeys that you can use to navigate through the menu system. Menus on the BlackBerry Curve are either a list of other menus or a list of settings that can be changed. Different methods are used to navigate through these two types of menus.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Access the BlackBerry Curve menu that you want to navigate. Most menus can be accessed by pressing the "BlackBerry" key, located to the left of the trackball.

  2. 2

    Press the letter key that corresponds to the first letter of the menu option that you want to access. If multiple menu options with that starting letter are available, the first press will take you to the first listed option and subsequent presses will move down to the next option that starts with that letter. If you are unsure of the exact name of an option, just go through the alphabet typing letters until you see the option that you need.

  3. 3

    Press the "Enter" key, located on the right side of the keyboard, to access the option you have highlighted. At any time, you can press the "Escape" key, located to the right of the trackball, to move back one screen.

  4. 4

    Use the "Enter" key to navigate down a list of settings that can be changed. Each time you press the "Enter" key, you will move to the next option. Press the "Spacebar" to scroll through the available settings for each option or press the "Alt" key to display all possible settings. When you are finished making changes, press the "Escape" button and then press "Enter" to save your changes.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to launch applications or the settings menu from the home screen, you must turn off home-screen dialling. Press the "Phone" button, access "Options" and select "General Options." Set "Dial From Home Screen" to "No." This will allow you to use hotkeys to select applications from the home screen.

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