Before you use your Pocket PC, you will need to perform a few initial setup steps. (If this is the first time you’ve plugged in the device, allow it to charge for three to four hours.)
Turn the unit on. Select anywhere on the screen to continue. Now use the stylus to select the center of the cross as it moves about the screen. This is important to ensure accurate response to the stylus.
The next few screens are designed to give you a taste of how the stylus works and help you configure your personal information.
Navigating Your Device
This section will introduce you to a few of the most useful features you’ll find in Windows Mobile 5.0 as you navigate your Pocket PC. Your device will also have its own individualized navigation buttons.
Navigating with the stylus
The stylus is your primary navigation tool. The Start button is the gateway to all your Pocket PC’s functionality. With your stylus, select the Start button at the top of the screen. You’ll find a familiar drop-down menu that resembles that in Windows on your desktop.
Under the Start selection you will find the most popular applications you’re likely to use, which will vary according to how your device manufacturer configured it. You can change the applications listed under the Start menu by selecting Start > Settings > Menus and selecting the items you’d like to see.
Select Start >Programs. Here you’ll find additional features and applications, including File Explorer, which lets you access and view a list of all of your files.
Select Start again, then select Settings. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see three tabs to manage your device: Personal, System and Connections.
On the Personal tab, you’ll find the Today icon. This is where you’ll be able to customize the appearance of your Pocket PC. From the Personal tab you’ll also be able to perform tasks such as enabling your device password, setting your owner information, editing device sounds (including ring tones) and selecting which items you’d like to appear on the opening Today screen.
On the System tab, you’ll find settings for Clock and Alarms, as well as Power, GPS, Memory, Screen and more. This is also where you can remove programs.
On the Connections tab, you can manage your network connection settings as well as settings for Bluetooth (if your device is enabled with it), infrared and network cards.
Windows Mobile 5.0 includes integrated support for Microsoft Voice Command, Microsoft’s software for Windows Mobile-based devices that enables you to use voice controls to operate your phone, navigate to your Calendar, run Windows Media Player and access other Windows Mobile applications. Voice Command does not require voice training; it recognizes names, programs and commands natively, giving you quick and easy access to your information hands-free while you’re on the go.
Voice Command main control panel for Pocket PCs. Customers can enable or disable Voice Command and access the settings for various components.
Note that device manufacturers may choose to include or exclude Voice Command with their devices; not all devices will have the software installed natively. If your device does not include Voice Command, you can purchase and install it manually. For more information please visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/downloads/voicecommand/default.mspx.
Using Microsoft Voice Command
To get started you’ll want to assign a hard key for Voice Command, and you may wish to adjust your microphone for best settings.
To assign your Voice Command activation button, select Windows Logo > Settings > Buttons. In Buttons, select the button you want to assign. Select Voice Command in Button Assignment.
To adjust your microphone sensitivity, select Windows Logo > Settings > System > Microphone. View the Voice Command help file for specific recommendations on gain settings.
Now try it out: Hold your device about 9 inches away from your mouth and select your assigned activation button. You’ll hear a short melody and see a microphone icon appear at the top of your screen. In a clear voice, say, “Help.” You’ll be given a list of voice options. Say the name of the option for which you’d like more information; your device will explain the different phrases you can use to access your data. Exploring this help menu will teach you key commands used to check on Calendar items, call your friends, or even browse and play your music.
Connecting With Your PC: ActiveSync
Microsoft ActiveSync 4.1 provides simple synchronization between your desktop and your device.
Please download ActiveSync 4.1 from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/downloads/activesync41.mspx.
Key capabilities include these:
A setup wizard that helps you quickly and easily set up your device to synchronize with a PC and/or a server. This provides a more reliable installation, upgrading and uninstallation experience. In addition, IT managers can deploy desktop ActiveSync as they do other Microsoft Software Installer (MSI) applications.
The ability to easily connect to your PC via Bluetooth, so that when the device comes in range of the PC (and the PC is on), ActiveSync can automatically initiate synchronization just as it does when the device is cradled with a cable.
Extensive integration for media synchronization in Windows Media Player 10 and ActiveSync.
Desktop “documents” folder for an easy glimpse into the information on your Windows Mobile-based device. You can also drag and drop files to this folder; they are synchronized to your device when it is cradled.
To use ActiveSync, connect your Pocket PC to your desktop PC via a USB cable or cradle. A new ActiveSync 4.1 wizard should appear on your desktop to give you step-by-step instructions for synchronizing files and loading applications onto your device.
The first step welcomes you and informs you how ActiveSync can help synchronize files and load applications onto your device.
The second step asks if you’d like to synchronize with a server and asks for your server address and login credentials (available from your IT administrator) for the next step.
The third step has a spot for server address, user name, password and domain.
Once you’ve entered your server settings, ActiveSync will verify and download additional server settings.
The next step allows you to select the type of data you’d like to synchronize. This ensures that all your favorite content on your desktop PC is carried to the device. Check and select for your Contacts, Calendar, E-mail, Tasks, Music and Internet Explorer favorites. Based on your device use, you can select whether you’d like that data synchronized from the server to the PC wirelessly or via a USB cable.
When you’re done, you should see a final screen. Select Finish.
Your desktop and device should begin synchronizing.