BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G 9100: Hotkeys for Twitter and BBM


Back in May, as part of the Twitter for BlackBerry® Beta Update, Sean included the handy shortcuts (hotkeys) to help users speed through the app; however, many of the hotkeys apply only to a full QWERTY keyboard. Luckily, there are shortcuts for us condensed QWERTY keyboard users with BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G 9100 smartphones (please note that these are shortcuts for the 20-key variant of the condensed keyboard)! Check ‘em out:

Twitter for BlackBerry QWERTY Shortcuts

  • ! (reply)
  • ? (reply all)
  • space (page down)
  • . (forward)
  • , (compose)
  • 5 (refresh)

And the Alt-functions work just the same:

  • Alt+0 (home)
  • Alt+1 (mentions)
  • Alt+2 (lists)
  • Alt+3 (profile)
  • Alt+4 (inbox)
  • Alt+5 (find people)
  • Alt+6 (search)
  • Alt+7 (popular topics)

Craving more fast-typing tips? Check out Mark’s blog post on shortcuts for condensed QWERTY keyboards.

Since I’m also a huge fan of BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) – perhaps an understatement! – I wanted to share the must-know shortcuts for BBM as well:

BBM Shortcuts for QWERTY Keyboards

In a chat:

  • ER (go to top)
  • CV (go to bottom)
  • QW (reply)

In the Group Picture Carousel:

  • BN (next picture)
  • OP (previous picture)
  • DF (mark as favorite)


  • Space (jump from recent updates to chats to contacts etc)

For even more shortcuts for your BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100 smartphone, check out this article: Keyboard shortcuts for the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 smartphone

Also, stay tuned for shortcuts for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 smartphone!

Do you have any other shortcuts for the condensed QWERTY keyboards? Let us know in the comments!

About Becky Y.

As RIM's social media strategist, Becky spends much of her day following great online conversations about the BlackBerry® brand (and does some work here and there too). You will hear from her occasionally on Inside BlackBerry, but for the most part she will be behind the scenes, supporting our roster of experts in their blogging activities. Becky anticipates that she will have a lot of "Who Knew?!" moments, and hopes that our readers do too.

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  • Caspan

    Instead of scrolling and opening groups to find the contact you are looking for, just start typing their name on the main list screen and a search will automatically happen narrowing your list down.

    Note: This is really annoying to use if your friends change their names a lot. I recommend renaming your BlackBerry Messenger contacts to their full names, It makes them easier to find and know who you are talking to!unless you rename your friends to their real names.

  • Caspan

    BlackBerry Messenger:

    If you have your groups expanded and have a lot of contacts in the group, it can be a pain to scroll all the way down to get to the next group or to the group above it.

    Space will take you to your next group.
    ALT + Space will take you to the previous group.

  • rebecyoung

    Thanks Caspan! That's a great tip.

    I'm going to take your advice about changing my contacts to their full names…I too get frustrated when my friends change their names from “Jim” to “SuperStar” and then I can never find them.


  • Caspan

    Also just found this one by accident in BlackBerry Messenger alt+enter opens a change your language dialog. So if you want to write to just one contact in A different language you can now switch it fast.

  • Kamil Brzeziński

    Great tutorial. Thanks a lot. I love small keyboard on my Pearl device but sometimes miss for qwerty. Love to have some great shorcuts for Facebook app.

  • How to use shortcuts from the BlackBerry home screen | Inside BlackBerry Help Blog

    […] Tip: To learn more about SureType technology and what shortcuts are available to you, see our SureType Technology page. I would also recommend reviewing the User Guide for BlackBerry smartphones, which can be found on the BlackBerry Documentation page, as well as the post on Inside BlackBerry about Hotkeys for Twitter and BBM for the BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G 9100. […]

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