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By shaooas, Member on 25th May 2012, 07:29 AM
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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.


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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25th May 2012, 09:45 PM |#2  
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How to map apps to keyboard shortcuts under Android 4 ICS
Under the default launcher on my Notion Ink Adam tablet with CM9 / ICS 4.04, I can't find a way to access the keyboard shortcut mapping for apps. At least one other device has this problem -- I found this useful thread giving a workaround involving installing Nova or Apex Launchers to create a shortcut to the QuickLaunch Settings app:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1654377

I looked at the logcat in sl4a (Scripting language for android) to find out what app launches the settings: com.android.settings/.quicklaunch.QuickLaunchSettings

So you can also launch the app by opening Terminal and running:

am start -a android.intent.action.MAIN -n com.android.settings/.quicklaunch.QuickLaunchSettings

I hope that helps someone! I wanted to post a reply to the other thread, but don't have the minimum 10 posts to allow me to post in developer threads.

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26th September 2012, 09:40 PM |#3  
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I'm using Pureness ICS, and there the shortcuts (copy, paste, select text and so on) with the menu or shift button doesn't work.

Is there a fix for that?
27th September 2012, 07:52 AM |#4  
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Thanks, these could prove to be very useful time savers!

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30th January 2013, 04:05 AM |#5  
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I'm using Pureness ICS, and there the shortcuts (copy, paste, select text and so on) with the menu or shift button doesn't work.

Try Ctrl+A/X/C/V instead of Menu.
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binding QuickLaunchSettings to Search+Q
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Originally Posted by norristh

... I found this useful thread giving a workaround involving installing Nova or Apex Launchers to create a shortcut to the QuickLaunch Settings app
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So you can also launch the app by opening Terminal and running:

am start -a android.intent.action.MAIN -n com.android.settings/.quicklaunch.QuickLaunchSettings

Thanks Norris! I didn't want to install Nova/Apex for this, so found Manual Intent Shortcuts in market (by IG88) which can create the shortcut as follows:
Action: android.intent.action.MAIN
Component Package: com.android.settings
Component Class FQN (note no /): com.android.settings.quicklaunch.QuickLaunchSettin gs

I wanted to go deeper and assign a quick launch key (Search+Q) to open the quick launch settings
It's easy: When assigning a key, instead of choosing an application, select top-right "..." menu -> "Shortcuts", choose Manual Intent Launcher and configure as above.
Yay!
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What is the key to bring up the Menu itself? This is like pressing the soft-menu key on the device itself to bring the Menu of the application.

I have a Logitech K810 which works well. I tried pressing FN, the Windows button, CTRL and ALT and all no go.
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Hi,
I am looking for the keyboard combination for launching voice search. I found the Android key code. [Constant Value: 231 (0x000000e7)] but haven't figured out which keys to press for it.
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Originally Posted by shaooas

I would like share this useful information to you guys ..so some one helped

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.


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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Got a Sony Bravia Android TV and a generic USB mini keyboard. I want to turn the TV off (standby) with a hotkey or some sort of button on the leanback launcher. Any suggestions?
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