How to customize the Word Completion feature

Customize the Word Completion feature in Start >Settings >Input to make text entry easier.

How to customize application launch buttons

You can customize the application launch buttons to quickly access frequently used programs; go to Start >Settings >Buttons.

How to change screen orientation

On touch screen devices running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition or later, go to Start >Settings >System tab >Screen and choose the preferred orientation (Portrait or Landscape). You can assign a hardware button to switch orientations by going to Start >Settings >Buttons and choosing the “” option from the “Assign a program” field after you select a button above.

How to adjust the microphone level

You can adjust the microphone level from the Start >Settings >System folder in touch screen devices.

How to password-protect a Windows Mobile device

Password-protect your device by going to Start >Settings >Password (or Lock). On non-touch screen smartphones, go to Start >Settings >Security >Device Lock.

How to customize the Start menu

Customize the Start menu in Start >Settings >Menus on touch screen devices to quickly access programs or folders you frequently use. On non-touch screen smartphones, you can use File Explorer (or File Manager) to copy programs or folders to the Windows\Start Menu folder.

How to customize the Today or Home screen

Customize the Today screen (Home screen in non-touch screen smartphones) by going into Start >Settings >Today (smartphones: Start >Settings >Display or Home Screen) and choosing the options you want. Touch screen devices have an “Items” tab where specific programs can be chosen to appear on the Home screen.

How to enter, change, and display owner information

You can enter and change your name, address, phone number, etc. from the Start >Settings >Owner Information screen. On touch screen devices, you can set this information to display every time the device is turned on in the Options tab.

How to change Settings

The Settings folder contains a variety of utilities that give you information about your device and let you configure it. To change the settings, go to the Start >Settings folder and select the item you want to change.

Be careful about removing items from the Startup Folder

The Startup folder on a Windows Mobile device is used to launch programs automatically at startup. Many programs automatically install themselves or a part of themselves in this folder and thus start running each time you reset your device. Be careful about attempting to delete these items. Some are necessary for programs to run correctly. However, if you determine that one is not necessary, you may delete it to free up system resources.

Visiting option can throw off Calendar appointment times

The Clock & Alarms screen on touch screen devices lets you set a Home and Visiting city (not available on non-touch screen smartphones). Use Home to set the time zone, time, and date for where you live and work. Use Visiting to set the time zone, etc. for a city or location you visit. When you travel to this location, open Clock & Alarms and select Visiting and your clock will automatically be adjusted to the different time zone.

How to conserve battery power by changing settings

You can extend the life the battery by changing the screen brightness, time to power-down, and processor speed settings. On touch screen devices these settings are accessed in the Start >Settings >Systems screen. On non-touch screen smartphones there are accessed from Start >Settings >Power Management. You cannot adjust brightness and processor speed on non-touch screen smartphones.

How to change Time to display a 12 or 24 hour clock

You can change the style of the time display to show a 12-hour or a 24-hour clock in Start >Settings >System tab >Regional Settings >Time tab (non-touch screen smartphones: Start >Settings >Regional Settings >Time format).

Enable Beam option to receive all incoming beams

In order to receive all infrared and Bluetooth beams on your Windows Mobile device, the Beam option must be enabled. Go to Start >Settings >Connections >Beam and check the "Receive all incoming beams" check box.

Change screen orientation if "May Not Display Properly" warning appears during software install

You may receive the warning shown above when you try to install a program on your device.
If you receive a "May Not Display Properly" warning when you install a program, the program may have been written for a previous version of the OS and may not display properly in Landscape viewing mode.

How to set up or change the time and date

Set up the time and date by going to Start >Settings >System tab >Clocks & Alarms (non-touch screen smartphones: Start >Settings >Clock & Alarm or Date and Time).
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