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  1. dial11

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    On the Desire Z, in the settings for keyboard shortcuts you have shortcut key #1 and #2 which correspond to the [:.1] and [:.2] hardware buttons on the lower right of the keyboard. Easy enough to use.

    How on earth do you use the Shortcut key #A/B/C? It says to press and hold on Home? Does that mean long press on the home touchscreen button? That just brings up the multitask switcher. :thinking:
     

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    Found out the answer on HTC's site.

    Assigning a keyboard shortcut
    1. While on the Home screen, you can quickly open an app or an item by pressing a keyboard shortcut.
    2. While on the Home screen, open the slideout keyboard.
    3. Press and hold any of the keyboard keys (A ~ Z).
    4. Tap OK.
    5. Tap Apps or Shortcuts, and then tap the app or shortcut that you want to assign to the selected key. If you are assigning a shortcut to an item on your phone, follow the screen instructions to proceed.
    6. While on the Home screen, press and hold the key you’ve assigned a keyboard shortcut to. The app or item opens.

    From HTC Desire Z - Using the slideout keyboard

    The keyboard letter shortcuts take about 3 seconds to actually launch compared to instant on the :.1 and :.2 buttons. I would've preferred a shorter delay of maybe 1-2 secs only.

    They should really change the wording of the label from "Press and hold on Home" to something like "Press and hold keyboard letter when on Home screen" on the Settings > Keyboard shortcuts screen.
     
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    But how to remove or change an assigned hardware button???
     
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    To change a button assignment, just repeat the process but choose a new action.
     
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    Those shortcuts are the most useless things ever...
    They should have made arrow keys instead!!!!
    If ya wanna start an app, its way faster to just click on it on screen then to slide out the keypad and make the correct combination for 3 seconds..
    but hey.. who am I.
     
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    Very true.

    However, if you're already in an app and using the QWERTY then it's a lot easier to use the shortcut than to hit HOME, then open the drawer and select the other app. Horses for courses.... :)
     
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