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A quick way to scroll through the Applications Screen.

You can scroll the Applications screen by writing the first letter of the program you want on the Graffiti writing area.

A quick way to switch categories on the Applications Screen.

You can switch categories of applications to the next by tapping the Applications silkscreen button.

Switch categories with the push of a button.

You can switch categories by pressing the current program's hardware button (Address Book, To Do, Memo Pad, and Applications).

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Use shortcuts to write frequently used phrases.

Store frequently used phrases as ShortCuts. (Tap Applications, and then Prefs. From the upper-right pop-up menu, choose ShortCuts.) Include a space after each expanded word to save additional time.

Use the four hardware buttons for whatever you want.

If you don't often use one of the four hardware buttons at the bottom of the Palm (or the Calculator silkscreen button), by all means remap them to launch a program you do use. Go to the Applications screen; tap Prefs; and choose Buttons from the upper-right pop-up menu; then choose whatever application you want from the pop-up list for each button.

Use the full-screen pen stroke.

Draw a line from the Graffiti area to the top of the screen. The full-screen pen stroke can have one of five effects: (1) turn the backlight on or off, (2) open the onscreen keyboard, (3) open a series of screens that show the complete Graffiti character set, (4) turn off and lock the Palm, or (5) beam the current record. In the Buttons panel of the Preferences screen, tap "Pen" at the botton of the screen, and choose one of the five options from the opo-up list.

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Use the command stroke for menu commands.

Menu commands are easily triggered without actually having to tap them. Instead, learn to use the faster Graffiti menu shortcuts - draw a slash (bottom left to top right) and then the listed initial of the command you want. Note: not all menu commands have Graffiti shortcuts.

When all else fails, try a soft reset.

A soft reset is among the most useful troubleshooting tips you can know - for use when the Palm is frozen. To perform one, insert the reset tip of the stylus (unscrew the metal barrel from the plastic top of the stylus) or a straightened paper clip gently into the Reset hole on the back panel until the Palm turns on again. None of your programs or information will be lost.

When all else really fails, try a hard reset.

If you think it might be helpful to erase your Palm completely, perform a hard reset. While holding down the power button, insert the reset tip into the Reset hole to press and release the reset button. When the Palm logo appears, release the power button. A message wil appear warning that you are about to erase all data stored on your Palm. Press the up scroll button to complete the hard reset. Press any other button to preform a soft reset.

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Use the digitizer periodically to keep your taps on target.

If your screen taps sometimes don't seem to register correctly, go to the Applications screen; tap Prefs; and choose Digitizer from the upper-right pop-up menu. You'll be led through the process of realigning the screen with its touch grid.

Turn the sound on or off.

You turn the Palm's various sounds on or off in the General screen of Preferences.

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