Originally Posted by Motorcycle Mama
From the Home Screen, press the Menu button. Select "Options".
Under "Launch By Typing", select "Application Shortcuts". Save.
Not sure what your second sentence has to do with your first question.
Thanks for posting this (I was also going to ask), but this only partially solves the problem. Sometimes it will bring up the search screen with “dial” as the suggested action, but it always brings up a search dialog. I hate to ask if this is the only option available.