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Define the position of an application icon on the BlackBerry smartphone Home screen

by Retired ‎02-16-2010 10:21 AM - edited ‎02-17-2010 04:00 PM (1,939 Views)


This article applies to the following:

  • BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment (BlackBerry JDE)
  • BlackBerry smartphones based on Java® technology


When an application is deployed to a BlackBerry smartphone, the application icon is displayed at the bottom of the Home screen by default. There may be situations where you will need the application icon to be higher in the icon list. For example, if an application is commissioned for an enterprise-wide deployment, with the expectation that the application will be used frequently, moving the application icon to the beginning of the icon list would be helpful for the BlackBerry smartphone user.

To specify the position of the application icon, complete the following:

  1. In the BlackBerry JDE, right-click the project file (.jdp) and select Properties.
  2. Select the Application tab.
  3. In the Home screen position field, type a value from 0 to 255. 1 is the highest position - the icon displays first in the list, 255 is the lowest position and 0 is no preferred position (default value).
  4. Re-compile the application.


If the BlackBerry smartphone theme contains a separate Downloads folder (BlackBerry® Device Software 4.6 and later) or contains a separate Applications folder, the position of the application icon is reflected in that folder and not the Home screen. If the BlackBerry smartphone user manually changes the position of the application icon, this new position will override the one specified.

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