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Time saving tips for your BlackBerry

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BlackBerry smartphones are made for people on the move. So it should come as no surprise that your BlackBerry smartphone is packed with built-in tools that save you time while on the go. Here we look at a great timesaving tool that can immediately speed up your BlackBerry smartphone experience: AutoText.

Let’s face it, typing long, frequently used phrases can be a pain. But there is an easy solution: create AutoText entries for your most commonly used phrases.

AutoText replaces specific text that you type with your preloaded AutoText entries. For example, you might create an AutoText entry that replaces “ttyl” with “talk to you later.” The text changes after you type “ttyl” and then press the space key.

Other examples include:

  • Names (e.g. replace “JW” with “John Wexlerhaven”)
  • Street addresses (e.g. replace “827” with “827 Mandela Ave., Apt 22”)
  • City, state, zip (e.g. replace “Jhb” with “Johannesburg”)
  • Company names (e.g. replace “RIM” with “Research In Motion”)

Try it: Create an AutoText entry for “Roberta Rumpelstiltskin”

The trick is to create an AutoText entry with as few letters as possible (to save you from typing too much) but in a way that does not conflict with other common words.


For example, let’s say your name is Roberta Rumpelstiltskin with 23 characters. The best approach is to type something like “rr” (followed by space) to spell out your name. That way you type just two characters while not conflicting with any real words.

1. On the Home screen or in a folder, click the Options icon.
2. Click AutoText.
3. Press the Menu key.
4. Click New.
5. In the Replace field, type “rr.”
6. In the With field, type “Roberta Rumpelstiltskin.”
7. Perform one of the following actions:
* To capitalize the entry exactly as you typed it, set the Using field to Specified Case.
* To capitalize the entry according to the context, set the Using field to SmartCase.
8. Set the language.
9. Press the Menu key.
10. Click Save.

Now try it out using MemoPad:

* On the Home screen or in the Applications folder, click the MemoPad icon.
* Click Add Memo.
* In the Title area type rr, followed by a space.

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