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BlackBerry Hacks by Dave Mabe

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Hack #30. Use Filters to Control Message Delivery

Use BlackBerry's built-in filtering capabilities to filter messages or classify certain ones as Level 1 messages.

Imagine you have just sent your manager an urgent request and you know he'll be replying sometime soon. You would like to be notified the instant he replies to your message, given the importance of the issue. You could stare at your BlackBerry, waiting patiently for those transmission arrows to appear in the top-right portion of your screen, indicating a message is on its way. But you've got other work to do!

You can use a filter in conjunction with your device profiles to automatically notify you when his reply arrives, so you can get on with your life. Using this hack will let you avoid constantly checking your device for new messages—an action that brings down the "spouse approval factor" for the BlackBerry.

Set Up Custom Filters

If you're a BlackBerry Enterprise Server user or you use the BlackBerry Desktop Redirector, you can customize the filters that are applied to your messages in Desktop Manager. Double-click on the Redirector Settings icon and go to the Filters tab. Click on the New button to configure a new filter. This brings up the Add Filter dialog box, as shown in Figure 2-23.

BlackBerry Web Client users can configure new filters on the BWC web site by clicking the Filters link at the top of the page, as shown in Figure 2-24.

Enter a descriptive name in the Filter Name field. Use the conditions in the "When ...

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