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How to add Hotkeys in Composer

Written by MattG on June 6th, 2010
Written within: Composer Tutorials

Composer can be a very tricky program to get used to. There are a lot of times people are asking developers to make a hotkey for their device. Believe it or not – it is extremely easy! In this tutorial, I will teach you how to do it.

For those who do not know, a hotkey doesn’t mean your keyboard gets hot. It simply means when you press a button an application will load.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Step One

Open up Composer and go to File > New.
You can choose any size you would like except for the Storm. Since the Storm doesn’t have a keyboard this will not work.

Step Two

Go to Interactivity then Hotkey Actions.

Step Three

When the new box opens, select the last icon on the right.

Step Four

You will see new options come up at the bottom.
For the purpose of this tutorial, we will add a Hotkey to open up SMS and MMS.

Therefore, click the Next Key Typed button at the top.

Once you press that button, you will see a small grey box that says ‘Press a Key to be used as the hotkey’.

Press $ (alt + 4) on your computer keyboard.
* If you are going to use the Spacebar, the hotkey will come up blank. *

Keep in mind, you can press any button on your keyboard that is on the Blackberry device. If you want to use # you can – you would press Alt + Q (#) on your Blackberry to open the application.

After you do that you will notice the $ sign next to Key and it also under Event.

Step Five

The last and final step is upon us folks! I told you it was easy!!!!

At the bottom of that dialog box, you will see the Launch Application section.

Press the drop down and go to SMS and MMS.

You will now notice the full line (Action and Event) is completed.

Press OK and export your file as an SVG.
When you press the $ sign, SMS and MMS will pop up. Make sure you separate your inbox’s!

I hope you have learned something new!

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