Although BlackBerry Calendar may not look too fancy at first sight, there are a lot of hidden features, and is surprisingly efficient once you are used to it and that you’ve become a fast thumb typist. Experienced BlackBerry can easily out-schedule a Palm/PocketPC user, and less prone to mistakes such as accidental stylus taps which occasionally require multiple steps to correct your mistakes caused by accidental taps.
QUICKLY ADDING APPOINTMENT1. Spin scrollwheel to select the time (to nearest previous hour) 2. Begin typing name of appointment and hit Enter (Done! That’s it! No need to click scrollwheel!) (If you need to modify further such as more options such as different reminder duration than default reminder, or need a more exact time, just hit Enter a 2nd time)
QUICKLY ADDING APPOINTMENT THAT ENDS IN :15 :30 :451. Spin scrollwheel to select the time (to nearest previous hour) 2. Begin typing name of appointment 3. Before you hit Enter, hold ALT and spin the scrollwheel. This cycles between :15 :30 :45. Then hit Enter.(If you need to change length of appointment, spin scrollwheel without holding ALT, before you hit Enter.)
QUICKLY MODIFYING/RESCHEDULING APPOINTMENTIn the Calendar, spin the scrollwheel to select the time of an existing appointment and then hit Enter (or doubleclick scrollwheel). Now you can easily edit the name of the appointment. Or modify the time or date. Or amount of advance notice reminder. To quickly change the time or date of the appointment, select the time digit and then hold ALT+scrollwheel to cycle through a new time/date value quickly. (This trick works in Agenda view too!)
QUICKLY CHANGE DISPLAYED DATE IN CALENDARJust hold the ALT key while you use the scrollwheel to flip through the dates instantly. You’ll zoom through the whole calendar in no time flat, cycle 1 day back/forward with each click of the scrollwheel. If your cursor is on top of the date instead of elsewhere in the Calendar, you can quickly change the month and year too, rather than cycling back/forward 1 day at a time! You can even hit Spacebar to scroll forward by 1 day, if you prefer to do that than using the scrollwheel.
QUICKLY DELETE APPOINTMENT Spin the scrollwheel to select the appointment and hit backspace.
VIEW AGENDA SCREEN Like a “Today” screen on PocketPC. Click scrollwheel and select “View Agenda”. If you want this screen to be the default Calendar view when you launch Calendar, go to Calendar Options and change default view.
KEYPRESS SHORTCUTS FROM VIEW AGENDA SCREEN You can hit “D” from the Agenda screen to go to the day view mode so you can quickly add appointments using the quick method. Or use “C” to add new appt in detailed mode, “D” goes to day view, “W” goes to week view, “M” goes to month view, “T” goes back to current day, and there’s other keypress shortcuts.
VIEW WEEKLY / MONTHLY CALENDAR If you don’t use the Agenda screen as the default view, then simply click scrollwheel and select “View Day”, “View Week” or “View Month”. These now look roughly similiar to those found on modern PDA’s such as PocketPC and Palm now.
CHANGE DEFAULT REMINDER If you permanently prefer a 30 minute or 60 minute default reminder everytime you quickly add an appointment, go to Calendar -> Options. Then you can change this, among other parameters.
Once you know these tricks and become a good thumbtypist, you can add and modify appointments much faster than you can with a Palm or PocketPC. There are also similiar tricks for being efficient with addressbook and other stuff, but that’s for another day…