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Here is a list of Pocket PC registry tweaks. To access the Pocket PC registry you will need a registry editor such as Resco Registry Editor (click on Resco Registry Editor to go to it's warez download page). Note that editing the registry can mess up your Pocket PC. Always make a backup of your data.

Show Date and Time in Title Bar

The Pocket PC display the time in the title bar, the user can select Analog or Digital using tap&hold on the time. But some people also want the date to be easily available, this was actually available on Palm-size PC devices. Fortunately there is a tweak to display both the date and time instead of time only in the Pocket PC title bar :

Browse to
Create a binary value named "TBOpt" and set its value to "13 00 00 00".
Save any unsaved document and reset your Pocket PC.

Enable original backlight and contrast applets

Many OEM replace the Backlight and/or Contrast settings applet by their own versions :

Compaq iPaq 3650 :
OEM Backlight applet, same as original but with a Brightness tab for iPaq special purposes. Removed the Contrast applet because contrast settings are not supported on the iPaq.

Casio EM-500 :
OEM Brightness applet that replace both the original Backlight and Contrast. Added the ability to set different brightness values for battery and external power operations.
Removed "Turn on backlight when a button is pressed or the screen is tapped" settings because it is not supported, replaced by the Auto Dim settings.
Included the contrast in the same applet, the system one does work, but their device act at the oposite of what it should (Dark is Light and Light is Dark).

HP Jornada 548 :
OEM Backlight applet, removed the External Power tab the "Turn on backlight when a button is pressed or the screen is tapped" setting for Battery Power because these settings are not supported.

Now, here is how to restore the Microsoft original applets on any Pocket PC, note that most settings OEM have been hiding with their own applet does not work anyway, the OEM applet(s) will still be available in the Settings.
For the Backlight applet, browse to
Rename the "Redirect" value to "Redirect disabled", you could just delete it, but renaming it makes it easy to go back to the OEM setting.
For the Contrast applet, do the same with
Original tweak found by takotchi, device/OEM information and explanation by Philippe Majerus Thanks to http://www.phm.lu/PocketPC/RegTweaks

Customize startup programs

In this registry key you can find all the items that appear in the 'New' menu on the Today screen:


These are the programs that automatically start when performing a soft reset:


Speed Up your Pocket PC
This tweak might help improving visual performance of your pocket pc:

1. Open your registry editor o�n your Pocket PC
2. Navigate to
3. Change the value of 'limit' from 8192 to 32768
4. Close registry editor and soft reset.

Customize 'Low Battery' alerts

Browse to
Create a String value named "Default" and set its value to "Low battery warning".
Now go to Start > Settings > Personal tab > Sounds & Notifications applet > Notifications tab, select "Low battery warning" in the "Select an event" drop-down list and you can customize it.

Disable start menu animation

Browse to
Change the "AniType" value from 6 to 0.

Disable SMS Sent notification

Disable SMS Sent Notification :
"SMSNoSentMsg"= dword:00000001
->1 to disable
->0 to Enable

Change Display Name order in Contacts

set Display name in Contacts:
"FL"-> Set 0 if LastName then FirstName, 1 if FirstName then LastName

Change the "Message Send" notification message

Changing the Message Sent Notification Message:
Change the Value "MessageSent" to whatever you like the Default is "Message Sent"

Only works on Windows Mobile 2003 Phone edition and requires a soft-reset.

Change Internet Explorer Homepage

Changing Homepage in Pocket internet explorer:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"Start Page"="http://yourpage.com"

Enable Cleartype in Internet Explorer

Enable CLeartype in Pocket Internet Explorer:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
"ClearTypeText" = 1 to Enable,0 to Disable

Change Name of Device for ActiveSync

This is how to change the name of your device like you see it in ActiveSync:

Open your registry editor and change this key:
Select 'Values'
Select 'Name'
and change the Value Data to the new name for your phone (no spaces)

Override Date Format

Override Date Format The Regional Options settings on the Pocket PC allows you to select only certain date formats, depending on which region you select. Other date formats are available in other regions. This tweak lets you select the date format you prefer regardless of the region you select. 1. Open registry editor 2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\nls\overrides 3. Change the value of �SSDte' to the date format you prefer (I prefer 'dd MMM yy' but other formats can be found in the Regional Options settings.)

Increase Glyph cache

Launch your registry editor and browse to


Change the value of "limit" from 8192 (default) to 16384 or even 32768. This speeds up your pocket pc but consumes a little more memory.

Change Start Menu Color

The registry Binary Value key that controls the font color on the start menu is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Color\39 and value for black is 00 00 00 00. Here are values for other colors: black = 00 00 00 00 red = FF 00 00 00 green = 00 FF 00 00 yellow = FF FF 00 00 blue = 00 00 FF 00 purple = FF 00 FF 00 White = FF FF FF 00

SMS Notification Always On

SMS Notification Always On [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Inbox\Settings] SMSDeliveryNotify = dword:00000001 ->0 if off

Show hidden Photo Album Options

To enable Editor options: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\HTC\Album\ DisableEditor] "Disable" -> Set 0 to Enable and 1 to Disable

Make PocketIE a full IE 6.0

This will let your pocket internet explorer look like a normal desktop Internet Explorer 6.0
This can help you access sites that require a certain internet explorer version.
1) Open a registry editor
2) Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\User Agent\
3) Change the default value to "Mozilla/4.0".
4) Change the "Version" value to "MSIE 6.0".
5) Change the "Platform" value to "Windows NT 5.0".
6) Soft-reset.

Move IE Temporary Files to Storage card

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\shell Folders

"Cache"="\Storage\Temporary Internet Files"


"Cache"="\Storage Card\Temporary Internet Files"

If you yourself know of some others feel free to post a reply and add them.

Disclaimer: JackAllTrade is not responsible to whatever happens to your phone.Exercise this at your own risk