Mobility

Quick Question: Can I program the Palm buttons to open other applications?

Want to open your favorite Palm OS application with the push of a button? Here's a quick look at how to do that.


If you’re more interested in opening your Pocket Quicken than a Memo with the touch of a button, why not reprogram your handheld’s buttons?

Palm OS handhelds come with four buttons along the bottom of the device that allow you to turn it on and instantly launch one of four applications. The default applications are the address book, the calendar, the to-do list and the memo, each of which is represented by an icon on the button.

But with an easy preference switch, you can reprogram those buttons to open any applications you want.

Here’s how:
  • Open your preferences.
  • On the upper right of the screen, you have a drop-down list. Choose “Buttons.”


  • Now choose which button you want to change and choose an application from the drop-down list to the right of the button, like so:


  • Return to the main screen.

  • If you’d rather program an event, you can do that by pressing the “pen” button at the bottom of the screen. This allows you to choose an event you’d like to activate by drawing your stylus from the bottom to the top of your screen. The events available:
    • Beam data
    • Keyboard (only works within an application)
    • Graffiti help
    • Backlight
    • Turn off and lock



    One more fun tip for automating your Palm: If you want to beam your business card at the touch of a button, just hold down the address book key for a few seconds. Of course, this only works if that button is still programmed to pull up the address book!

    That’s all there is to it. You can restore the defaults by clicking the “default” button on the screen.

    Source: "How to do everything with your Palm" by Dave Johnson and Rick Broida.
    Do you have a quick question you’d like answered? E-mail us and we’ll track down the answer!
    If you’re more interested in opening your Pocket Quicken than a Memo with the touch of a button, why not reprogram your handheld’s buttons?

    Palm OS handhelds come with four buttons along the bottom of the device that allow you to turn it on and instantly launch one of four applications. The default applications are the address book, the calendar, the to-do list and the memo, each of which is represented by an icon on the button.

    But with an easy preference switch, you can reprogram those buttons to open any applications you want.

    Here’s how:
    • Open your preferences.
    • On the upper right of the screen, you have a drop-down list. Choose “Buttons.”


  • Now choose which button you want to change and choose an application from the drop-down list to the right of the button, like so:


  • Return to the main screen.

  • If you’d rather program an event, you can do that by pressing the “pen” button at the bottom of the screen. This allows you to choose an event you’d like to activate by drawing your stylus from the bottom to the top of your screen. The events available:
    • Beam data
    • Keyboard (only works within an application)
    • Graffiti help
    • Backlight
    • Turn off and lock



    One more fun tip for automating your Palm: If you want to beam your business card at the touch of a button, just hold down the address book key for a few seconds. Of course, this only works if that button is still programmed to pull up the address book!

    That’s all there is to it. You can restore the defaults by clicking the “default” button on the screen.

    Source: "How to do everything with your Palm" by Dave Johnson and Rick Broida.
    Do you have a quick question you’d like answered? E-mail us and we’ll track down the answer!

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