Delete Thousands of Messages Off Your BlackBerry At Once

I was standing in line the other day and struck up a conversation with a woman behind me. I lost interest in the conversation very quickly because she couldn’t keep her eyes off of her BlackBerry (another post for another day). I asked her which model she had and when she held it up, I noticed that she had close to 2,000 old messages! OMG!

Are you leaving old messages in your BlackBerry because you don’t want to delete each one, one at a time? You don’t have to. Here’s how a couple of clicks can get you to a clean slate.

I don’t try to manage my life on a phone. I do my serious email stuff when I’m back at my laptop in Outlook. I  use the BlackBerry to monitor email in case something critical comes through while I’m out and about. Once I review all messages and answer only the ones that need an immediate response (e.g., a journalist on a deadline), I delete all messages in the Inbox at once.

  1. Type t to go to the top of the message list.
  2. Select topmost date, click Menu button, Delete Prior, Delete. All messages prior to the date I selected will be deleted. Because I want all messages deleted, I selected the topmost date.

I can delete everything because my email messages are not synched with Outlook and they’ll come to my Inbox when I’m back on my laptop (if you’re not on a server, email messages can’t be synched). You can also delete one message at a time by selecting it and DEL.

It’s a good idea to also get rid of the Confirm Delete. To do this, click to open Messages, click the Menu button, scroll Options, General Options.



Get Your Laptop Back from Thieves with LoJack

A colleague had the misfortune of a home break-in. The thieves made off with three of his prized possessions: a new, old, and somebody else’s laptop. That hurt.

I take extra precautions to protect my laptop because I run my entire business on it. I take care in backing up all my important data online, it’s never out of my sight when I travel, it’s password-protected, and I recently bought a subscription to Computrace® LoJack® for Laptops by Absolute® Software.

This software “tracks, locates, and recovers stolen computers while providing you with the ability to protect your personal information from identify theft,” as stated on their Website. If my laptop is ever stolen, I’ll let them know, and the software goes to work tracking its location.

To password-protect a PC or laptop, click Start, Control Panel, double-click User Accounts. You should see where to create a password (make it memorable but hard to guess…no children’s names, the word “password,” etc.).

I hope I never need this protection, but I sleep better at night knowing it’s in place.