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DROID Hints: The LONG Press and Menu Key

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by 640k, Jan 6, 2010.

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    If you don't know already, magical things can happen if you long press buttons on the DROID and "hidden" menus will appear if you hit the Menu button (on either the keyboard or the screen).

    But did you know if you long press the menu key, while the menu is open, you'll get a list of shortcuts to those items in the menu?

    Here's a handy list of things that can be accomplished with a long-press or through finding menus you may have not known existed (feel free to contribute):

    From anywhere:
    LONG-PRESS the home icon to bring up a list of the last six applications used.

    In the Browser:
    LONG-PRESS the back button for a complete history of pages you've visited, most visited pages and your bookmarks. The same can be accomplished by hitting menu - bookmarks.

    If you long-press the items in your history, another menu appears, allowing you to open the link in various ways, create a bookmark or delete it from history (handy).

    From the Settings Menu (Home - Menu - Settings):
    MENU brings up options of display "type" in Manage Applications, that will allow you to view only Downloaded apps, Running apps or All apps when Filter is selected. This can be handy for people who don't have or don't want other task management programs to force close apps.

    From Any Contact:
    Click their image and a speak bubble will appear with a list of options of how to communicate with that contact.

    Found something cool worth posting? Post it up!
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    I knew about most but the long press on back for history was new,

    Thanks
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    Long-pressing the Camera Button will bring up the Camera app, pretty much no matter which app you're running at the time (as long as the app you're running doesn't use the camera button for something else.) I figured that one out recently. (Knowing my luck, everyone else already knew that, and I'm a slow-poke. LOL)
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    isn't that the purpose of the camera button?? ;)
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    good call on the back button browser history. thx.
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    Well it would seem that this is an additional purpose of the camera button -- I thought it was only used to actually take the pics, after you'd loaded the Camera App manually. LOL
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    also added: if you long press the items in your history, you get another menu...
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    I did not know this thanks:)
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    Useful topic, thanks 640
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    My camera button (the one on the side, right?) doesn't do anything when I short-press OR long-press it. Do I have to enable that somehow?
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    the gold button (the camera button) will bring up the camera app if you long press it. keep it held down until the camera app appears.

    if you've forwarded an image taken by the camera, you might have to hit the back button until you return back to the camera app.
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    To merge two contacts together: Select a contact. Menu key. "Edit contact". Menu key AGAIN. Select Join. Pick the contact to join it to. Done!
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    ok, that's handy as hell. i've got some idiot friends who don't use their real names in facebook, which creates stupid contacts.

    thanks!
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    Ooh -- neato!! Thanks!!
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    Not for me....how weird....
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    Do you have any apps that use the camera button for something else? I'm thinking specifically of that VF Dialler thingy that uses the camera button to initiate voice-dialing. I'm certain there are other apps out there that might use the camera button for something else...

    And, of course, try a reboot -- maybe that'll fix your problem.
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    you must have an app that has reassigned the button or something. this is a default action. make sure you're pushing it all of the way down.
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    good stuff guts appreciate it, much
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    Very, very useful! Thanks so much :)
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    If you slide open the keyboard while the phone is asleep/"off", it wakes up.

    If you just start typing on the keyboard without being in a text entry field- for example from your home screen- it will automatically open a quick search window for you. This makes the default google search widget redundant for keyboard users.
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