This article was originally posted by Arne Hess, May 24, 2001 on Microsoft's PocketPC.com site and was reedited/updated before posted today:
Do you regularly use the programs originally assigned to your Pocket PCâ€™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:
- Tap Settings on the Start menu.
- Tap Buttons. The left column lists the buttons, and the right column lists the programs currently assigned to those buttons.
- 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.
- Follow the same procedure to reassign more buttons.
- When youâ€™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 Iâ€™m able to open and close the soft keyboard doesnâ€™t matter in which application Iâ€™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