Bacon on BlackBerry: Themes, Skype, and ringtones


Q: How do I change the background on my home screen?

Jeff BaconA: You can use any picture as the background on your home screen. Simply save the image you would like to use on your BlackBerry. Then, view it in the Media application. From the menu there, there is an option to ‘Set As Home Screen Image’ (though the word ‘Image’ may be cut off on your screen depending on your font selection).

Q: I just got a blackberry 8703e from Verizon, and I was wondering if there was any way to show my calendar appointments on the home screen (rather than needing to open the calendar application to see them).

Jeff BaconA: There are a few styles of themes for your BlackBerry. The standard icon style, the Zen style (5 vertical icons with a button to see them in the standard icon style) and the Today style. The Today style has a summary of email, calendar, TODO, etc. on the main screen. You can download themes from a number of places on the web. has a lot of BlackBerry themes and will have some Today-style themes later in August.