Use keyboard shortcuts to switch between applications in android:

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If you want to create your own shortcuts: Settings > Application settings > Quick launch

Open applications:
Browser SEARCH + b
Contacts SEARCH + c
E-Mail SEARCH + e
Google Mail SEARCH + g
Calendar SEARCH + l
Maps SEARCH + m
Music SEARCH + p
Messaging SEARCH + s
YouTube SEARCH + y
You can add/change these here: Settings > Application settings > Quick launch

Scrolling tips:
Page down SPACEBAR
Jump to end of list ALT + TRACKBALL roll DOWN
Jump to top of list ALT + TRACKBALL roll UP

Typing and text navigation tips:
Insert special character ALT + SPACEBAR opens special character selector
Delete character to left DEL
Delete character to right SHIFT + DEL
Delete entire line ALT + DEL
Persistent CAPS Press SHIFT twice; press SHIFT again to escape
Jump cursor to beginning/end of line ALT + roll TRACKBALL left/right
Create tab character ALT + q
Highlight (select) text SHIFT + roll TRACKBALL
Cut text MENU + x, or Highlight text, press & hold TRACKBALL, select Cut
Copy text to clipboard MENU + c, or Highlight text, press & hold
TRACKBALL, select Copy
Paste text copied to clipboard MENU + v, or Highlight text, press & hold
TRACKBALL, select Paste
Undo change MENU + z
Select all text in field MENU + a, or Highlight text, press & hold
TRACKBALL, select Select all

Browser tips:
Open Go to window MENU + s
Open Bookmarks MENU + b
Open Windows MENU + w
View history MENU + h
Refresh or stop page MENU + r
Go back a page MENU + j
Go forward a page MENU + k
Find on page MENU + f
Go to home page MENU + ENTER
Zoom in MENU + i
Zoom out MENU + o
Go to Settings MENU + p
Page down SPACEBAR

Map shortcuts
Directions MENU + d
Select map mode MENU + m
History MENU + h
My Location MENU + 0 (zero)
Go to Settings MENU + p
Zoom in MENU + i
Zoom out MENU + o

GMail shortcuts (while viewing message)
Forward F
Reply R
Reply All A
Archive Y (works on list mode too)

Other Google apps:
If you are in the mood for more shortcuts on any google apps like mail, calendar, docs, try typing: “?” in the webbrowser when using that app.
You would need to enable this option in settings for mail. The other apps have this enabled by default.

Update: Review these changes for touch screens.

Jason, an android platform and wifi developer, shows how short cuts work:

Posted in Help & Tips, Showcase
49 comments on “Use keyboard shortcuts to switch between applications in android:
  1. kim says:

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  2. art says:

    Since you’re one of the developers; Is there a way to have the program add word selections using the slideout keyboard like it does using the keyboard on the front of the phone?

  3. Don' Tread On Me says:

    Don’t forget the long-press on the Home button to bring up the task-switcher, to switch between any of the up-to-six-at-a-time running apps.

  4. Monica says:

    WOOOO!! Thank you for this list! I can’t function without keyboard shorcuts like this. I’m hard of hearing so thanks too for the captions in the video!

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  7. marcus531 says:

    revisions / additions:

    Note that as far as I can tell, none of these quick-actions are possible in keyboard-closed-mode (which also means that Droid-Incredible et al are completely incapable of these shortcuts in any condition when their virtual keyboards aren’t exposed, and maybe not even then.

    I just tried MENU + v with the virtual keyboard in ClipNote Lite and the default web Browser … in each case, it printed a “v” and not the contents of my copy/paste buffer … now THAT is a serious advantage towards keyboarded Android systems

    Editing tips
    Highlight (select) text SHIFT + Arrow-keys
    (adding alt = start/end of line, start/end of text-box)
    Cut text to clipboard = MENU + x, or Highlight text, press & hold DPAD-CENTER, select Cut
    Copy text to clipboard = MENU + c, or Highlight text, press & hold DPAD-CENTER, select Copy
    Paste text copied to clipboard = MENU + v, or Highlight text, press & hold DPAD-CENTER, select Paste
    Undo change = MENU + z (for example, this does not work in ClipNote Lite)
    Select all text in field MENU + a, or Highlight text, press & hold

    Browser tips:
    Add bookmark = MENU + a
    open Bookmarks = MENU + b
    Cut text to clipboard = MENU + c
    Downloads history MENU + d
    sElect-mode for copy = MENU + e … finger-swipe over text, it is auto-copied to your clipboard
    Find on page = MENU + f
    paGe info = MENU + g
    view History = MENU + h
    zoom In = MENU + i
    Jump back a page = MENU + j
    go forward a page = MENU + k (mnemonic suggestions?)
    enter urL = MENU + L
    open New window MENU + n
    Zoom out = MENU + o
    settings Page = MENU + p
    Refresh or stop page = MENU + r
    Share webpage = MENU + s
    open windows (Tabs) = MENU + t
    close current Window = MENU + w
    Go to home page MENU + ENTER
    Page down SPACEBAR
    Page up SHIFT + SPACEBAR
    (m,q,u,z don’t do anything … which is odd, because menu+Z undo would be rather helpful in posting-boxes)

    Map shortcuts
    These worked on Ally / current gmaps version …
    My Location MENU + 0 (zero)
    Directions = MENU + d
    Lattitude (JOIN and use) = MENU + L (not actually upper-case)
    popular categorieS = MENU + s (can someone think of a reasonable mnemonic?)

    Maybe from an older version of gmaps etc, but the following suggested shortcuts failed to do anything … maybe they might work in some context, but I don’t know what that would be:
    Select map mode = MENU + m (did not work on Ally / current gmaps version)
    History MENU + h (did not work on Ally / current gmaps version)
    Go to Settings MENU + p (did not work on Ally / current gmaps version)
    Zoom in MENU + i (did not work on Ally / current gmaps version)
    Zoom out MENU + o (did not work on Ally / current gmaps version)

    GMail shortcuts (while viewing message)
    Reply All = a
    archivE = e (2 keys to archive messages? am I misunderstanding something?)
    Forward = f
    next (older) message = j
    previous (newer) message = k (anyone have a better mnemonic?)
    goto Label = L (not upper case)
    Mute conversation = m
    Reply = r
    assign label = v (better mnemonic?)
    archive = y

    GMail shortcuts (while viewing message-list)
    Compose = c
    goto Label = L
    archive = y

    (by using j and k for down/up, I think google’s engineers havs just declared that ‘vi’ won the vi-vs-emacs multi-year-flame-war)

  8. Jen Thomas says:

    Thank you – you’re my hero of the day!

  9. Prof.Yeow says:

    muy util !! gracias

  10. sameera says:

    would u pls tell me how tab key works in emulator when we have to switch from one text box to another.

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