Create New Files for Free...

Our pal and part-time CrackBerry blogger Al Sacco posted an awesome BlackBerry tip yesterday on his blog. When playing around with OS4.5, it seems Al figured out a way to create new Word, Excel and Powerpoint Files within the Standard FREE Version of Documents to Go that's included on the OS. The exciting scoop here is that the Create New File functionality is only supposed to be available in the Premium ($70) version:

Trying to create new files in Documents to Go Standard Edition the official way-by clicking your BlackBerry Menu key and selecting New while within the program-will only get you a dialogue box asking if you want to upgrade to the Premium Edition. However, creating new Word or PowerPoint files "unofficially" really couldn't be easier. 

PowerPoint and Word Files
Simply send a Word or PowerPoint file to the e-mail address associated with your device-or transfer one to your media card using RIM's Desktop Manager software-and save it. Next, open Documents to Go on your BlackBerry, choose whether you want to open Word to Go or Slideshow to Go, navigate to the file location and open it. From there you should erase all the contents of the document, rename it and save it as something like "New_PowerPoint_Template."

Then whenever you want to create a new file all you need to do is open the blank template, create your file, save it as a new name and you're good to go. 

I don't want to giveaway away all of Al's awesome tip here, so head over to to find out the secret for Excel files and for more details. Great find Al! Let's see if it lasts!!