Thursday, July 7, 2011

Android Keyboard Shortcuts: All The Hotkeys You Need

The Android mobile operating system has an impressive set of keyboard shortcuts to help you fly through your phone without digging through the menus. A couple of quick key presses are all you need for most common tasks.

So what are you waiting for? Bookmark this list and get to know Android in a whole new way.
(Note: Some hotkeys may vary from one Android device to another. Most of the ones listed here, however, should work on any Android handset.)
Android Keyboard Shortcuts: Scrolling

Spacebar: Page down in any Web page/document view
Shift + Spacebar: Page up in any Web page/document view

Android Keyboard Shortcuts: Typing

Alt + Spacebar: Insert a special character
Shift + Del: Delete the character to the right of the cursor
Alt + Del: Delete an entire line
Shift + Shift (press it twice): Activate caps-lock; press shift once more to exit
Alt + Trackball-Left: Move cursor to beginning of line
Alt + Trackball-Right: Move cursor to end of line
Alt + Trackball-Up: Move cursor to top of page
Alt + Trackball-Down: Move cursor to bottom of page
Shift + Trackball-Left/Right: Highlight text for cutting or copying
Menu + X: Cut text (will cut all text on-screen unless specific characters are highlighted)
Menu + C: Copy text to clipboard (will copy all text on-screen unless specific characters are highlighted)
Menu + V: Paste text from clipboard
Menu + A: Select all text in the current field

Android Keyboard Shortcuts: Browsing

Menu + I: Zoom in
Menu + O: Zoom out
Menu + J: Go back a page
Menu + K: Go forward a page
Menu + R: Refresh current page
Menu + F: Find on page
Menu + B: Open bookmarks
Menu + S: Open social network sharing menu
Menu + H: View browsing history
Menu + S: Open browser settings

Android Keyboard Shortcuts: Gmail

F: Forward current message (works only while inside the message)
R: Reply to current message (works only while inside the message)
A: Reply-all to current message (works only while inside the message)
Y: Archive message (works from within message or while on main inbox list)
Menu + U: Refresh inbox
Menu + C: Compose new e-mail
Enter: Open an e-mail (from the main inbox list)
Alt + Trackball-Up: Jump to top of inbox
Alt + Trackball-Down: Jump to bottom of inbox
Android Keyboard Shortcuts: Apps
Search + B: Open browser
Search + C: Open contacts
Search + E: Open e-mail
Search + G: Open Gmail
Search + I: Open calendar
Search + M: Open maps
Search + P: Open music
Search + S: Open text messaging
Search + Y: Open YouTube
You can also customize the keyboard shortcuts for applications: Just go into "Applications" off the main system settings menu, then select "Quick Launch." From there, you can change any of the above app-controlling hotkeys and add in your own.

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