Random Tips and How-Tos

How to use the History list to go to sites you've visited before

The History list in Internet Explorer Mobile keeps track of the sites you’ve visited in the past. To go back to a site, tap it in the History list.

How to sync documents and other files

Check the File option in ActiveSync's Tools >Options screen to sync documents and other files between your desktop PC and your Windows Mobile device.

Set an e-mail follow-up flag

Messaging now supports the ability to set a follow-up flag to e-mail messages. The mobile user’s e-mail account must be hosted by an Exchange Server 2007.

  1. Open the desired e-mail.
  2. Select Menu >Follow up >Set Flag. (You can also set Complete Flag and Clear Flag.)

The Messaging application on WM 6 devices now allows you to attach follow-up flags to important e-mails.

Types of infrared

Werner Ruotsalainen discusses the different types of infrared and what devices have the different types. Click here for the article.

Download free GPS tracking software

Mologogo is offering free GPS tracking software for Windows Mobile 6 GPS-enabled touch screen smartphones. Mologogo can be used to keep track of friends or kids, share your location on the Web, find your phone if it gets lost, and more. Mologogo can be downloaded at wm.mologogo.com.

Picking the right e-mail strategy for your Windows Mobile device

An overview of the different options available for receiving e-mail on Windows Mobile devices, including POP, IMAP, and Exchange. Click here for the article.

How to add birthdays and anniversaries to Contacts and have Calendar remind you about them

You can enter birthdays or anniversaries for selected Contacts on your device in the Edit menu.

How to enter short notes

The Pocket PC's Notes application lets you create short, free-form text or handwritten memos, which can contain drawings and sound recordings.

The Today screen “New” menu

On pre-WM 5 touch screen devices, there was a convenient built-in feature on the Today screen: a New menu in the lower left corner that allowed you to quickly open a new Word document, Contact, Appointment, or other item without having to navigate to it through the Start menu.
This feature was left off of Windows Mobile starting with version 5, but a third-party freeware program called WM5NewMenu (saman-cz.com/ppc/index.html) is available that adds this feature back to Windows Mobile

Viewing, modifying, and synchronizing Pocket Access databases

When you transfer a Microsoft Access (.mdb) database from a desktop PC to a Pocket PC, the database is converted to a Pocket Access (.cdb) database. When you copy the Microsoft Access database from your desktop PC to your Pocket PC using the Explore feature of ActiveSync, a dialog box pops up. This dialog box has a text box where you can enter the location of the folder where you want to copy the database, by default, it is the My Documents folder.

What's built into your device?

Pocket PCs and Smartphones come with the Windows Mobile operating system, a variety of productivity and entertainment programs, and the necessary configuration utilities built in and ready to go.

Use a screen protector to prevent wear and tear

The display on a Windows Mobile touch screen device is designed to withstand the rigors of daily use. However, continued tapping on the screen can, over time, leave small scratches, which decrease the value of the device and make it less enjoyable to use. A relatively inexpensive way to avoid scratches is to apply screen protectors (a.k.a., “screen overlays”) to the display.

How to change the system text size

You can change the size of the text displayed on Pocket PCs, but not Smartphones. For example, you can set it smaller to display more information on your Today screen, or larger to make the info displayed easier to read. The changes in text size will appear in the Today screen and some other built-in applications.

How to customize the Word Completion feature

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

How to customize text entry

Go to Start >Settings >Input, select the Input method you want to customize from the drop-down menu, and then tap the Options button.

Using your handset as a modem

Werner Ruotsalainen describes in detail how you can use your smartphone as a modem for a computer. Click here for the article.

How to use hand drawn "gestures" in Transcriber to cut, copy, paste, and more

Use hand drawn gestures to enter spaces, edit text, and more; more info is found in Transcriber’s Help screen.

Back up your data regularly

You can always replace a lost or damaged Windows Mobile device, but you may not be able to replace the data on it. Keep your device synchronized with your desktop PC and back it up regularly. At the very least, use ActiveSync or Windows Vista’s Mobile Device Center on a daily basis to synchronize Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks information with your desktop PC.
Do a full system backup at least once a week. Also, it’s a good idea to have multiple backups.

Hide those annoying Wi-Fi/modem connection “bubbles”

Werner Ruotsalainen explains how to turn these off in the Settings >Sounds & Notifications menu. Click here for the article.

How to customize application launch buttons

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