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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 13365x
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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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Posted by Arne Hess on 07.06.03 - 15:04:07

Great tip Carlo, I do the same:

Some called be because if this "traditional" but I also feel more comfortable with a folder structure. I even
use it on my Pocket PCs, right in the Start menu.
Cheers ~ Arne

Posted by Laurence Erojo on 21.06.03 - 08:46:48

Thanks for the tip, ive tried it with my "Amazing Phone". You dont need to reboot for the changes to take place.

Posted by Arne Hess on 21.06.03 - 09:50:12

@Laurence Erojo: I've always considered rebooting a good practice on PPCs and SMPs after modfications even if they're not  really required... It's a habit I've developed. wink

Mabuhay ~ Carlo

Posted by Mitch Waite on 09.08.03 - 06:43:55

How do you control the ordering of the apps on the menu. I would like my Settings shortcut to be #1.

Posted by Arne Hess on 09.08.03 - 10:27:50

@Mitch Waite: If you wan to place the Settings shortcut ahead of everything else...

You need to edit the registry...

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftShellStartMenu and then edit the values of Order...

just place Settings.lnk ahead of the rest.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by Mitch Waite on 09.08.03 - 19:28:18

Okay but how to you put a carriage return after the line so the other items on the list moves down?

Do you need to edit anything else in the registry?

Posted by Arne Hess on 09.08.03 - 19:36:24

@Mitch Waite: To do a carriage return, just press the joystick center... remember it's a 5-way joystick... up, down, left, right, and center.

That's all you have to do.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by Mitch Waite on 10.08.03 - 20:15:09

Doh, how embarassing. Thanks!

Posted by Terry on 19.08.03 - 13:42:46

Hi this looks great and I'm gonna try it - just wondering, can you change the folders icons - so for example for communications I could put the P.I.E. icon there instead of a plain brown folder - probably just being fussy, but any tips greatly appreciated!!

Posted by Bhel on 15.09.03 - 16:37:59

Carlos, Can u help me to put new ringtones on my new PPCW.Net i-mate? I have been trying since I bought it but so far it hasn't work.

Posted by Arne Hess on 15.09.03 - 17:31:25

@Terry: Yes you can add icons to the folders.  So if you want the PIE Icon for the Communications Folder, this can be done... Just like putting the Windows Icon as a folder icon for MS apps folder and the Outlook icon for Pocket Outlook folder.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by Arne Hess on 15.09.03 - 18:47:42

@Bhel: All you have to do is place the .wav or .mid files in the IPSMApplication DataSounds folder... if your Smartphone doesn;t have this folder, just create it.  You can use either the Explore function of your ActiveSync while yur Smartphone is connected to the PC or you can also create this if you use a File Explorer for the Smartphone which can be downloaded from the Internet.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by Bhel on 11.10.03 - 15:40:16

Carlo, I have done what u have suggested but whenever I copy a ringtone on my phone the only sound I hear is tu-tut. I was lucky one time when I was able to load the theme song of Dawson's creek but after that every ring tome I load it just tu-tut sad. HELP!

Posted by Peter on 25.10.03 - 12:45:56

I also loved your idea and have totally changed my layout.

The only thing i have a problem with, is the shortcuts along the top of my home page no longer work.

I assume the shortcuts on my homepage look at the shortcuts in the programs area, Can i redirct them to the new locations ?


Posted by Envien on 12.11.03 - 09:55:59

Hi Peter,

Just in case that no one answers you yet, try  to edit the registry...

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftShellStartMRU and then edit the values of InitialOrder...

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