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Tips Long press soft keys

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by redpanda, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. redpanda

    redpanda Well-Known Member
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    Not sure if this is common knowledge, but long-pressing your soft keys can bring up useful shortcuts for you.

    Menu - Long pressing menu will bring up a software keyboard no matter where you are. I'd imagine this is more useful for phones that don't have a hardware keyboard, but I've found use for it in Quickoffice when I wanted to use Swype, since Quickoffice doesn't automatically bring up a keyboard.

    Home - Long pressing home will bring up your 8 most recently accessed apps.

    Back - As far as I can tell, it doesn't do anything.

    Search - Long pressing search of course brings up the voice command prompt, which we all love so much.
     

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  2. loomer

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    Also, you can assign double tapping the home key to whatever you want it to do, so there is another shortcut.
     
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  3. seeker613

    seeker613 Active Member
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    I wish I could reassign the long-press of the Search button to something else. I have one or two apps that would 'like' to use this key for their own functions & I don't use voice commands much...

    Any ideas, short of rooting my Droid2?

    TIA, seeker
     
  4. altimos

    altimos New Member
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    There's an app called mutitasking pro, you can reassign either your home button or long search to bring up a running apps list to kill them
     
  5. Experimentalist

    Experimentalist Well-Known Member
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    Helpful. Thanks!

    I'm a total Droid 2 newbie so have a ton to learn.
     

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