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Old 05-06-2010, 03:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have quite a few (several thousand) contacts in my BlackBerry. I often include detailed information in the "Notes" field of each contact.

Later on I may want to locate that record -- based on a term/word that I have included in that "Notes" field.

I have tried to "search" -- using a specific term/word -- that is present in the "Notes" field of several of my contact records. I used the separate "Search" app that comes on the BlackBerry and has its own Icon. I made sure to select "contacts" before invoking the search.

It does not seem to "find" the desired contacts records.

I wonder if any of you have found a "solution" to this search difficulty. Possibly there is a 3rd party app that I can purchase and download -- to gain this search function. If so -- please advise.

Thanks for any help or suggestions you can provide.

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You can search contacts from the home screen. While on the home screen, press S to bring up the search template, make sure you have Contacts checked (only Messages is checked by default), enter your search term(s), and use the Menu button to select Search.
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Thanks, rambo47, for the suggestion -- but it does not seem to work on my Bold -- for searching for terms/words that are ONLY in the "Notes" field within my contacts.

Could I ask you to try this -- on your Blackberry?

- Create a new contact
- in the "Notes" field -- enter only the words "CMA member"

Save the new contact

Now go back and try and search -- using ONLY the word/term -- CMA

Does your BlackBerry locate that one contact and display it?

Thanks for takign the time to try this.

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Yes it does. I entered the name Boy Howdy and only CMA Member in the notes field. When I ran the search it gave me only one contact match. I clicked on it and Boy Howdy was displayed. The only thing in my search was Cma. I purposely used different cases for the letters.
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Are you checking the box for Contacts in the search screen? It's set to Messages only by default.
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I just noticed you're profile says you have the 8700. This feature might not be available on your device as it's getting old.
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Thanks, rambo47, for running the test. I guess there must be something unique with my Bold 9000.

When I have the full screen -- and press S -- the digit "4" appears as the first digit of a phone number. I thought that might just relate to a "short cut option" on my unit that was a little different from yours.

Instead of the "S" bringing up Search automatically -- I go to the "Search icon" (image of magnifying glass) that is on the main screen and enter the search term/word (such as CMA) in the field there for Text.

I de-selected the Messages check mark (that was there by default) -- and selected the Contacts (and the check mark appeared in the box beside the Contacts.) I then pressed the Menu button -- and selected "Search."

It does not find any record!

My Bold is running OS v4.6.0.282 (Platform 4.0.0.235)

Again -- thanks for trying to help me solve the problem.

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This may be a feature added in OS 5, which is available for the Bold 9000.

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Worked just fine on my 9000 running OS 4.6.
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Worked fine with my OS 4.6.
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