N95 – two things I can never remember how to do

By Nic Price on 22 November 2007 — 1 min read

I’ve had my Nokia N95 phone since June. I’m pretty pleased with it. It’s good for looking at websites, the camera is great despite the shutter lag, video quality good. It’s ok for having phone calls on. Battery life’s ok. I haven’t got the patience with the GPS, and sometimes I do wonder if it’s registered a key press…

There a couple of things I find virtually impossible to remember how to do…

  1. Changing the “desktop icons”

    Well that’s what I call them. It’s the menu which lets you access six applications quickly from the phone’s desktop or start screen. I guess it’s because they’re called Active standby apps – not a name that I could easily have guessed.

    Here’s the path you’ll need to take to change them:

    Main Menu > Tools > Settings > General > Personalisation > Standby mode > Active Standby apps

    Phew! Now you can select which apps you want to create short-cuts for.

  2. Deleting multiple text messages

    Deleting all your messages in your SMS inbox is different from previous Nokia models, which as far as I can remember had their own delete menu.

    With the N95 (and possibly across the N-series) you’ll need to use the Mark/Unmark feature.

    In your message inbox, highlight one of the text messages you want to delete, and select Options. Select Mark/Unmark then Mark all. This will be indicated on-screen by placing a tick next to each message that’s marked. You can now perform tasks on all the Marked messages, including delete.

And what’s the difference between a Tool and an Application? I’m sure there’s a logic in there somewhere, but I find it very confusing. To me they’re all tools and they’re all applications.

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