Quick tip: removing on-screen virtual pad from a Nokia 5800 application

javapadI posted my thoughts on the Nokia 5800 and after a couple of more days of usage I just ordered my own blue model that will be here next week. If you get the 5800, then you may load up Java applications such as Gmail. After I loaded up Gmail I saw a display similar to the one shown here (thanks to All About Symbian for the screenshot while I figure out how to take them off that device) with a virtual keypad on the display. It bugged me for a while until I found the solution so I wanted to share that with you on a quick tip of the day.

If you see this virtual pad appear, then take the following steps to remove it:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Find the Application mgr.
  3. Select Installed apps.
  4. Select the application with the virtual pad
  5. Select Options>Suite settings
  6. The option below Access point is On-screen keyboard, so select that and then select Off
  7. Tap OK

As you can see there are a ton of other settings here in these Suite settings, including selecting your access point and when to prompt for certain actions. You may want to experiment with some of these as well to optimize your device experience.

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19 Comments to Quick tip: removing on-screen virtual pad from a Nokia 5800 application

Rafe
January 30, 2009

Developers can switch this on or off using the manifest .jad file.

For users the connection settings are handy (stop you getting asked more than once if the app can use the network, particularly useful in the case of GMail).

BTW the problem with using full screen in Gmail is you can’t scroll as easily. However it is possible. To scroll hold down and drag the canvas up or down (as you would in Maps). Not as easy as the dpad, so I tend to use gmail with the extra controls.

Matthew Miller
January 30, 2009

Thanks Rafe, I never thought about leaving the keypad on there for scrolling. I was just looking to optimize my screen real estate.

BTW, what are you using for screenshots on the 5800? Without buttons I can’t seem to turn on the screenshot application I am using on other devices.

Rafe
January 31, 2009

I’m using BestScreenSnap – http://www.smartphoneware.com/screen_snap-for-s60-5th-edition-product.php and Remote S60 Professional – http://www.mobileways.de

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Milad
May 28, 2009

i`ve been searching for this small tip for ages!! thank you very much!

moshale
June 21, 2009

Hi, i wanted to ask something – from the user perspective – rather than the developer’s one.

Since the application I’m using does not support
touch api, but on the other hand –
it is able to dynamically adjust to new screen size – as much as available,
I’d like to have a smaller version of the
virtual pad – so that BIGGER area of the screen will be left for the application itself.

I’ve seen for example on the Nokia 5800, that a flash media file – downloaded and launched from the file system – has a similar virtual pad, but in this case – it is as compact as I would have liked to have for the java application.

and idea will be appreciated.
thanks.

Mobi
November 17, 2009

On some applications like prison tycoon doesn’t allow me to access the on screen keyboard features. Any ideas?

gamer
November 27, 2009

this is very useful on java games.

thank you for the sulotion

hussain
January 9, 2010

thanks brother . U have helped me to enjoy gaming on my nokia 5800 by removing that virtual key pad . . how do u get such brilliant ideas

ruleworld
March 28, 2010

Thanks.gmail looks better now!

J
May 18, 2010

OMG! It was THAT simple??? This had been buggin me as well.. for a long time…. Thanks a ton..

warlord
August 14, 2010

what if i dont have the virtual pad application on that setting, where can i find it on my nokia 5800???
please help me..i dont know what to do…i need it…

sharfu
September 14, 2010

thanks man…thank u very much for ur tip…it helped me remove d keypad frm screen on my nokia 5800…plz help me in finding a good virtual keypad without any certificate error issues…..plz..

termis
October 3, 2010

thanks very much dude!

shakib
August 20, 2011

dear sir
I have nokia 5800xpressmusic but i cannot remove dpad because my phone doesn’t have suit setting or something by the name of onscreen keyboard so what is the solution for this problem.

richan
September 18, 2011

thanks dude…

gamefreak9803
February 4, 2012

thnks it worked for my nokia 5233


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