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TIP: "8" is the Smartphone's sweet number
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - on Saturday, 07.06.03 - 13:33:46 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials - Viewed 13634x
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How do you navigate through a Smartphone's menu? Typically you would go and use the Joystick/D-Pad for navigation or uset the keypad itself for by pressing the assigned number of your chosen application.

But what happens if you have more than 24 shortcuts to deal with? Moving from one screen to the next pressing "9 - More" and scanning through the whole list of apps can be a bit frustrating.

A simple fix for that is simple menu management. Know where your applications are and group them together. "How?" you might ask. Deal with it the way you would on a PC or a Pocket PC. Put the shortcuts in Folders appropriately named. For example, you ca put all MultiMedia apps in one folder whic has been named "MultiMedia" and in this you can store your shortcuts for Windows Media Player, Pocket TV, Pocket MVP, IA Album, IA Camera, and the like. It simply removes the clutter and allows for more efficient navigation through the menu.

Bear in mind that the menu of the Smartphone is limited to 9 entries per screen and it can only store 8 shortcuts, the 9th being "More" to move to the next screen instead of an actual application. So the best way to handle this is to have your favorite 8 applications directly in the menu and the rest in folders. Each folder holding 8 applications.

So how do you do this? The easiest way to do this is by using the Explore feature of ActiveSync. Go to the IPSMWindowsStart Menu folder and create your folders in here. You can name them in anyway you want to which will make it easier for you to search for items. Then, proceed to cut the shortcuts from the Start Menu folder and paste them in the newly created folder. When you reboot your phone, you will then see the new folder in the selection and your chosen shortcuts transferred into the new folder.

Now you have a clutter-free Smartphone with an easy to navigate Programs Menu.

Mabuhay ~ Carlo


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