Customizing the Home screen

The Home screen for each available base theme is unique and is the primary difference between the base themes. You can customize different elements depending on the theme layout that you choose.

Change the Home screen wallpaper

  1. In the Inspector, click the Home screen button.
  2. In the preview area of the canvas, click the background image. An outline appears around the background image.
  3. On the Quick Edit bar, in the Home screen Background drop-down list, click Change Image.
  4. Click Background.
  5. Click the Image File folder and navigate to an image.
  6. Click Open.
  7. Click OK.

Add an animation to the Home screen

You can add an animation to the home screen using either an .svg file (created using BlackBerry Composer) or an existing animated .gif file.
  1. In the Inspector, click the Home Screen button.
  2. On the Quick Edit bar, in the Background drop-down list, click Change Image.
  3. To add an .svg file, click SVG and navigate to a file.
  4. To add an animated .gif file, click Animated GIF and navigate to a file.
  5. Click Open.
  6. Click OK.

Create a slide show for your wallpaper

You can create a slide show of images for your wallpaper. You can use the following types of images in your slide show: BMP, JPG, PNG, TIF, and GIF.

  1. In the Inspector, click the Home screen button.
  2. On the Quick Edit bar, in the Home Screen section, click the Background Wizard button.
  3. Click Slideshow.
  4. In the Slides section, click Add.
  5. In the Open dialog box, click the images that you want to include in the wallpaper.
  6. Click Open.
  7. In Time Between Slides, click the up and down arrows to choose how long you want to display an image and click the drop-down list to select the unit of time.
  8. To change the order of the images in your slide show, in the Slides area, drag an image to a new location.
  9. To delete an image from the slide show, click the image and click Remove.
  10. Click Finish.

Change the font settings for the Home screen

  1. In the Inspector, click the Home Screen button.
  2. In the preview area of the canvas, click on one or more text elements.
  3. On the Quick Edit bar, select the font, font size, and font style.
  4. To change the font color, on the Quick Edit bar, click the Fill box and click a color.
  5. To change the font outline, on the Quick Edit bar, click the Stroke box and click a color.
  6. To change the text alignment, on the Quick Edit bar, click the Alignment button.

Create a wallpaper that changes on specific dates or time

You can create a wallpaper that changes on specific dates or time for a theme with a BlackBerry 7 layout.

  1. In the Inspector, click the Home Screen button.
  2. On the Quick Edit bar, in the Home Screen section, click the Background Wizard button.
  3. Click Event-Based.
  4. In the Slides section, click Add.
  5. In the Open dialog, click the images that you want to include in the wallpaper.
  6. Click Open.
  7. In the Slides section, click an image.
  8. Do one of the following:
    • To show the image every day on the BlackBerry device, select the Every Day option, and click the up and down arrows to specify the time.
    • To show the image weekly on a specific day on the device, select the Every Week On option, and select the day of the week and time that you want to show the image.
    • To show the image on the device for a specific period, select the On date option, and select the start and end dates of the period, and the time of day that you want to show the image.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for each image that you added.
  10. To change the order of the images in the wallpaper, in the Slides area, drag an image to a new location.
  11. To delete an image from the wallpaper, click the image and click Remove.
  12. Click Finish.

Change the appearance of the Search icon

You can change the image for the Search icon in a theme with a BlackBerry6 layout. BlackBerry device users can use the search field on the Home screen to search for items in any application on the device, including third-party applications.

  1. In the Inspector, click the Home Screen button.
  2. In the preview area of the canvas, click the Search icon.
  3. On the Quick Edit bar, in the Search Icon drop-down list, click Change Image.
  4. Navigate to an image.
  5. Click Open.

Change the background color of the Notification bar

You can change the color of the background of the Notification bar in a theme with a BlackBerry6 layout.

  1. In the Inspector, click the Home Screen button.
  2. In the preview area of the canvas, click the Notification bar.
  3. On the Quick Edit bar, in the Notify Background drop-down list, click Change Image.
  4. Click Color or Gradient.
  5. To change the background to a solid color, click a color.
  6. To change the background to a gradient color, click a top color and a bottom color.
  7. Click OK.

Change the focus color of the Notification bar

You can change the color that indicates that the Notification bar is in focus for a theme with a BlackBerry6 layout.

  1. In the Inspector, click the Home Screen button.
  2. In the preview area of the canvas, click the Notification bar.
  3. On the Quick Edit bar, in the Focus drop-down list, click Change Image.
  4. Click Color or Gradient.
  5. To change the background to a solid color, click a color.
  6. To change the background to a gradient color, click a top color and a bottom color.
  7. Click OK.

Change the icons for unread items

In a theme with a BlackBerry6 layout, you can change the icons for unread items in the Notification bar.

  1. In the Inspector, click the Home Screen button.
  2. In the preview area of the canvas, click the Unread icon.
  3. On the Quick Edit bar, in the New Items drop-down list, click Change Image.
  4. Navigate to an image.
  5. Click Open.
  6. Click OK.

Change the font settings for unread items

In a theme with a BlackBerry6 layout, you can change the font settings for unread items in the Notification bar.

  1. In the Inspector, click the Home Screen button.
  2. In the preview area of the canvas, in the Notification bar, click the number that represents the number of unread items.
  3. On the Quick Edit bar, in Unread Font, click a font.
  4. To change the size of the text, in the Size field, type a number.
  5. To apply bold, click the Bold button.
  6. To apply italic, click the Italics button.
  7. To apply anti-aliasing, click the Anti-alias button.
  8. To change the text alignment, click the Alignment button.

Change the appearance of a Today item for a BlackBerry6 theme layout

You can change the appearance of Today items for a theme with a BlackBerry6 layout. When a BlackBerry device user taps the Notification bar on a device running BlackBerry 6, the Today items are displayed below the Notification bar.

  1. In the Inspector, click the Today Home screen button.
  2. Do any of the following:

    Task

    Description

    Change the appearance of the highlight.

    1. In the preview area of the canvas, click the highlight area.
    2. On the Quick Edit bar, in the Caret drop-down list, click Change Image.
    3. Click Color, Gradient, or Image.
    4. Click a color, gradient, or image you want to change the highlight to.
    5. Click OK.

    Change the background color of the Today Home screen.

    1. In the preview area of the canvas, click the background of the Today Home screen.
    2. On the Quick Edit bar, click the Background Mask color swatch.
    3. Choose a color.
    4. Click OK.

    Change the font settings for the title.

    1. In the preview area of the canvas, click a title of an application, for example Messages.
    2. On the Quick Edit bar, in the Font drop-down list, click a font.
    3. To change the size of the text, in the Size field, type a number.
    4. To apply bold, click the Bold button.
    5. To apply italic, click the Italics button.
    6. To apply anti-aliasing, click the Anti-alias button.
    Change the font settings for the subentry.
    1. In the preview area of the canvas, click an entry under an application, for example, an email message under the Messages application.
    2. On the Quick Edit bar, in the Font drop-down list, click a font.
    3. To change the size of the text, in the Size field, type a number.
    4. To apply bold, click the Bold button.
    5. To apply italic, click the Italics button.
    6. To apply anti-aliasing, click the Anti-alias button.