Here I’ll compile the keyboard shortcuts for the N900. I don’t know them all yet, some I only picked up yesterday thanks to your tips [some, like 11/12 found by accident in seeing what happens if I did Ctrl+Alt+Del], so if you know some I’ve missed out, I’d love to add them please ;).
- Caps Lock
- Secondary Symbols/Numbers
- Additional Symbols Menu
- Highlight Text
- Copy Text
- Paste Text
- Print Screen
- Quick search for contacts
- Quickly go back a page in web browser
- Lock phone (alternative to lock switch)
- Quick Multitask View
- Delete lines of text without highlighting
- Scrolling in web browser
The image below is just for clarification. I’m calling ‘Function’ key “alt” and backspace “delete” btw.
1. Caps Lock
To use capital letters either press
Shift once and the letter you want
Shift twice to turn on Caps Lock – all future letters will be in CAPITAL
you should see a message “Caps Lock on”
to turn Caps Lock off, just press shift again
2. Secondary keys (Symbols/Numbers Row)
To access the alternative keys, e.g. on “D “we have “#” press
Alt and the symbol, e.g “Alt” and “D” we get #
you should see “Fn is locked”
3. Additional Symbols Menu
Not all the symbols can be used via the tip above. e.g. [SQUARE BRACKETS]. You can access secondary symbols by pressing
Alt first and then Ctrl (maybe just start with Alt and roll your thumb to Ctrl)
You should see a grid of additional symbols
4. Highlight text
You can either use the touch screen or
Hold Shift and left/right arrow
depending on the direction of where your cursor begins.
To select a bigger block of text
Hold Shift and up/down arrow
You can then use the left/right arrow to refine selection.
If you want to highlight text in web browser that’s not in text editor
Swipe from left of the screen, an arrow cursor in a square pops up. Press it again to hold, then just drag and highlight [you can copy and paste using tips 5 and 6]
5. Copy text
After highlighting text just:
Hold Ctrl and “C” simultaneously
You may get a notification saying “Copied” across your screen
6. Paste text
After copying text :
Hold Ctrl and “V” simultaneously
7. Print Screen
This turns what you see on the N900’s screen into a picture – no third party apps necessary. Just:
Hold Ctrl and Shift and “P” simultaneously
8. Quick search for Contacts
When in desktop view, just
Start typing name of contact via keyboard
The contacts window will appear instantly
9. Instantly go back a page in the Web Browser
If you misspress a link, you might just want to go back a page instantly, and not go through the carousel of your browsing history. If so just press
And you’ll go back to the previous page.
10. Lock Phone
This technically isn’t using the keyboard but it’s a nice button shortcut alternative to the lock switch. Just press
11. Quick Multitask View
To view your multiple windows without having to press the button on screen, when you have an app running
Ctrl and Delete
You’ll instantly switch to view the live thumbnails of any open application.
This means you don’t have to exit full screen view of the web browser to switch windows.
12. Delete Lines of text without highlighting
To quickly delete whole lines of text without holding the delete button or highlighting a line of text:
Hold Ctrl and Shift and Delete [Simultaneously]
You’ll delete blocks texts one line at a time.
13. Scrolling in Web Browser
Of course, you can just swipe the screen. Alternatively you can press
This scrolls down a several lines at a time.
This scrolls as you hold in a particular direction
I remember there was another shortcut (something plus X to bring up X-terminal, but I highly doubt that you won’t know that shortcut already if you know what X-terminal is for)
OK – forgot about this post -for even more list of tips, Nokia Experts has a great bunch of N900 keyboard shortcuts ^_^