Hidden menus and functions on the Blackberry Smartphone

Here's a list of Hidden Menus & Functions I've stumbled across. Some of them are handy for BES/Enterprise support only.

Most require you to hold down the ALT key whilst typing the letters after the + sign (they don't need to be capitals).

Enterprise Activation (Options->Advanced)

  • ALT+CNFG - Settings for Enterprise Activation

Address Book

  • ALT+VALD - Validate the data structure and look for inconsistencies
  • ALT+RBLD - Force a data structure rebuild

from the Options menu, type the following (No ALT+ required)

  • RSET - Will prompt to erase & reload for a reload of the Address book from the BES
    (n.b. this will wipe all entries, but you can goto SIM Phone Book & copy entries back afterwards)


  • ALT+RBVS - View web page source code

Open up a Calendar item

  • ALT+VIEW Inside any Calendar item Show extra info for a Calendar event
    (including message ID - handy for BES log troubleshooting)

from the Options menu, type the following (No ALT+ required)

  • SYNC - Enable Calendar slow sync
  • RSET - Will prompt for a reload of the calendar from the BES
  • RCFG - Request BES configuration
  • SCFG - Send device configuration
  • DCFG - Get CICAL configuration
  • SUPD - Enable detailed Cal. report for backup
  • SUPS - Disable detailed Cal. report for backup
  • SUPN - Disable Cal. report database
  • LUID - Enable view by UID
  • SRSL - Show Reminder status log


  • ALT+VIEW - For messages, displays the RefId and FolderId for that particular message. For PIM items, displays only the RefId.

Search Application

  • ALT+ADVM Search Application Enabled Advanced Global Search

Home Screen

  • ALT(left)+Shift(right)+Del - Restart the Blackberry (only for full-keyboard Blackberries)
  • ALT+JKVV - Display cause of PDP reject
  • ALT+CAP+ H - Displays the Help Me screen
  • ALT + EACE - Displays the Help Me screen
  • ALT + ESCR - Displays the Help Me screen
  • ALT + NMLL - Switches the signal strength from bars to a numeric value.
  • ALT + LGLG - Displays the Java™ event log.

WLAN (WLAN wizard screen)

  • ALT-SMON WLAN - Enable simulated Wizard mode
  • ALT-SMOF WLAN - Disable simulated Wizard mode

Theme (from theme menu)

  • ALT-THMN - Change to no theme (B&W)
  • ALT-THMD - Change to default theme

Date/Time (Date/Time menu - No ALT+ required)

  • LOLO - Date/Time Show Network time values

SIM Card (Options->Advanced->SIM card - No ALT+ required)

  • MEPD - Display MEP info
  • MEP1 - Disable SIM personalization
  • MEP2 - Disable Network personalization
  • MEP3 - Disable Network subset personalization
  • MEP4 - Disable Service provider personalization
  • MEP5 - Disable Corporate personalization

Status (Options->Status)

  • BUYR - Data & Voice Usage
  • TEST - start a device test (Keyboard, GPS, RF, Audio (Handset,headset,bluetooth, Misc)

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