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TIP: Reassign Hardware Buttons for Fast Program Access
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 16.01.03 - 12:01:00 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials - Viewed 9426x
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This article was originally posted by Arne Hess, May 24, 2001 on Microsoft's site and was reedited/updated before posted today:

Do you regularly use the programs originally assigned to your Pocket PC’s hardware buttons, or are there other programs you use more often? You should think about reassigning the hardware buttons to those programs you use most.

To reassign the hardware buttons:

  1. Tap Settings on the Start menu.
  2. Tap Buttons. The left column lists the buttons, and the right column lists the programs currently assigned to those buttons.
  3. With your stylus, tap the Button you want to reassign to a new program or application, and then select the program from the Button assignment pop-down menu.
  4. Follow the same procedure to reassign more buttons.
  5. When you’ve finished reassigning the hardware buttons, tap OK to save the new settings.

Select a hardware button and the program you want to assign to it.

I assigned my hardware buttons for voice recording to Today screen because I use it more often than voice recording. With the new assignment, I have faster and more convenient access to my today screen which holds all important information. I also assigned one button on my Pocket PC to Input Panel. Now I’m able to open and close the soft keyboard doesn’t matter in which application I’m currently working.

Pocket PC 2002 offers more flexibility now since more built in applications can be assigned to the hardware buttons now.

Cheers ~ Arne


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