Windows Mobile 6

Voice-operated infrared remote controller applications

Werner Ruotsalainen discusses the different options in remote controller applications. Click here for the article.

Roundup of registry editors

If you are interested in making changes to your registry, make sure and read Werner Ruotsalainen’s “Ultimate Roundup of Registry Editors for the Pocket PC.”

RealOne streamed content on Pocket PCs

Werner Ruotsalainen explains how to watch and listen to RealOne streamed content on Pocket PCs, including using a Wi-Fi access point. Click here for the article.

AM/FM CF/SD radio cards

Read Werner Ruotsalainen’s post and subsequent discussion regarding radio cards for Pocket PCs here.

Install .CAB files from your desktop

Read Ben Stanley's description of how to use a third-party program called CABviaActiveSync to install CAB files to your device using ActiveSync on your desktop computer here

WM 6 smartphones: Use left/right navigation button in Call History

In Windows Mobile 6 smartphones, you can use the left and right navigation button when in Call History to cycle through the different phone numbers of a contact. For the contact to appear in Call History, you must have called them or they must have called you. To open Call History, press the green Call button and highlight the contact you want to call (below the number field).

Paste a number into the phone dialer

On touch screen devices, you can copy and paste a number (from a document, e-mail, or Web page) into the phone dialer. Note that the procedure may vary according to the device. On WM 6 Professional devices, you select Menu >Paste in the phone dialer, and the number will appear in the number field. On WM 5 devices like the Palm Treo, you tap and hold in the phone dialer field and then select Paste (after you have copied the number). On pre-WM 5 devices, select Edit >Paste. Once you have pasted the number into the dialer, hit the Call button to place the call.

Using the Lock feature on non-touch screen smartphones

Using the Lock feature on your smartphone will disable the function of the keys. This can be especially useful if you have your device tucked into a pocket or bag where the keys can be accidentally pressed. Here is how it works:

Copy your Internet Explorer Favorites list from your PC to your device

If you want your Windows Mobile device to have the same Favorites list as the one found in Internet Explorer on your PC, all you have to do is copy them from your PC to your device via ActiveSync.
  1. Connect your device to your PC, open the ActiveSync window on the PC, and click on the Explore icon.
  2. In Explore, navigate to the “C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Favorites” folder on your PC.
  3. Select and copy the sites that you want to appear as Favorites on your device.
  4. In Explore, navigate to the

E-mail Word docs or other files from your desktop PC to your mobile device

Why do this? You might be having problems with ActiveSync/Mobile Device Center, or you might be in a hurry and want to avoid the bother of connecting your device to your PC, opening Explorer, and copying and pasting files. Whatever the reason, it’s quick and easy to open your PC’s e-mail program, attach a file to an e-mail, and send it to yourself. If you have a phone-enabled device, you can access your e-mail from your carrier’s network. Another option is to send the e-mail to your Hotmail or Gmail account.

Get album art to appear in Windows Media Player

Media Player Mobile is designed to display album cover art when a song from the album is being played. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always do it—a bug that can greatly annoy music enthusiasts. One way to ensure that they will display is to manually create folders for each album and include the album image in the folder. Follow these steps:

Smartphones: View menu options in full screen

When you are selecting options in certain programs on non-touch screen smartphones, there is often a text field that displays one option at a time, and you must scroll through the list by pressing left or right on the navigation pad. One example of this is the Reminder field in a New Appointment screen (below left).

Smartphones: Use the right and left navigation buttons to see the next and previous screens in Settings

The Settings menu on non-touch screen smartphones has more options than can be displayed in a single screen. To see the second screen of Settings options, you can select “More” at the bottom of the first Settings screen, or press “0” on the numeric keypad. However, the quickest way to switch back and forth between the first and second Setting screens it to press the right or left functions on the D-pad.

Different factors may affect mobile phone call quality

Here is a list of different factors that can affect calls on your mobile phone:
  • Built-in components: The receptivity of the phone’s antenna as well as the quality of the built-in microphone and speaker can affect call quality. Different phones are built with different components, and bad performance may not always be the carrier’s fault. That said, most phone-enabled Windows Mobile devices in the U.S. are sold by carriers, and they test them extensively before offering them.

Displaying a Pocket PC on a projector

Werner Ruotsalainen discusses the different methods of displaying the screen of a Pocket PC through a projector, including the use of an external CF/SD VGA output card. Click here for the article.

Customize your own word completion dictionary

Werner Ruotsalainen discusses what dictionaries already exist (like MikkoPPC) and provides a tool that will help you create your own. Click here for the article

Playing MiDi files on your Pocket PC

If you are interested in playing MiDi audio files on your Pocket PC, read Werner Ruotsalainen’s complete roundup of third-party applications that can do so. Click here for the article.

How and why you can kill the ActiveSync process

Werner Ruotsalainen discusses why you may want to kill the ActiveSync process and the third-party programs that can be used to do so, incuding KillSync and Resync. Click here for the article.

Java Midlets on the Pocket PC

Read Werner Ruotsalainen’s extensive tutorial on the use and installation of Midlets such as the Opera Mini Web browser here.

Stop the Internet disconnect when it’s not actively in use

Read Werner Ruotsalainen’s recommendation on how to disallow the automatic Internet disconnect using the third-party program vxUtil. Click here for the article.

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