BlackBerry Z10 tips, tricks and shortcuts

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By , CIO |  Mobile & Wireless, BlackBerry, blackberry 10

10) BlackBerry Z10 Keyboard Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts

You can type special characters using the BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboard by holding your finger on top of a letter with associated special characters (e, a, i, o, u, y, etc.), and then sliding your finger over to the character of your choice.

Quickly sliding your finger downward from the top of your keyboard to its bottom cycles through the number and character screens so you don't have to tap the number/character screens button, which can slow down typing.

And you can delete an entire word instead of just individual letters by swiping leftward from the backspace key toward the center of your keyboard.

Finally, you can use a number of preset keyboard shortcuts to quickly find specific information. You just type a letter combo and then tap the space bar. For example, typing "myver," for "my version," and then the space bar gives you your BlackBerry OS version; typing "mypin" shows your BlackBerry PIN number; "LT" gives you the local time; "LD" shows the date; and "mynumber" displays your phone number.

You can also create your own key-combo shortcuts for commonly used words, phrases or other information. So for example, if you're constantly typing your email address, you could set the term "mymail" to display your address.

To create custom keyboard shortcuts, open your device Settings, and choose Language and Input. Next, click Automated Assistance, under the Text Input heading. On the following screen, tap Word Substitution.

The next page shows an Add Shortcut button at the bottom of your display. Click that button and type "mymail" or whatever letters you want to use in the Original Word field and information that you want to display when you type your letter combination in the New Word or Phrase field. Save your new shortcut and you're good to go.

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Al Sacco covers Mobile and Wireless for CIO.com. Follow Al on Twitter @ASacco. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline and on Facebook. Email Al at asacco@cio.com

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