Record the serial number, purchase date, and place of purchase information in the space provided below. The serial number is recorded on the label affixed to your Acer n30. All correspondence concerning your unit should include the serial number, and purchase information.
About this Manual Welcome to the Acer n30 Handheld Manual. This Manual is designed to help you get up and running quickly with your new Acer n30—a Windows 2003 handheld. It describes all you need to know about how to use your handheld as well as the application programs that come with it.
Up-to-date information regarding your handheld Package contents Your Acer n30 comes packed in a cardboard box. Carefully unpack the box and remove the contents. If any of the following items are missing or damaged, contact your dealer immediately: • Acer n30 handheld •...
Use a soft, damp cloth to clean your handheld. If the surface of the screen becomes soiled, clean it with a soft cloth moistened with diluted window-cleaning solution. Resetting your Acer n30 You may have to perform a reset if your handheld no longer responds to the buttons on the screen.
First things first Locking your Acer n30 Use the tip of your stylus to toggle the reset switch to the left (a) and back to the right (b) on the bottom of your handheld. NOTE: When you perform a hard reset, formats, preferences, and other settings including date and time are restored to their factory default settings.
• Basic concepts in using your handheld System requirements In order to install the Microsoft® ActiveSync® software and use your new Acer n30 with a computer at work or at home, be sure the system(s) meet the following minimum system and program requirements.
1 Getting started Features summary Audio • Embedded AC '97 CODEC with CD-quality stereo output • Built-in industry standard 2.5 mm earphone jack • Built-in microphone Proprietary 26-pin I/O connector • USB Host (female) • USB Client(male) • DC power in Connectivity •...
Flashing green - Charging • Steady green - Charging complete • Flashing red - Alarm indicator, email receiving Bluetooth LED indi- Bluetooth LED indicator. (for n30-B only) cator - status description: • Flashing blue - Bluetooth is on LCD touchscreen Displays the applications and data stored in your handheld.
1 Getting started Acer n30 tour NOTE: If your handheld is turned off, pressing any Quick button turns on the handheld and opens the program assigned to that button. Left view Using the backlight If lighting conditions make it difficult for you to see the information on your handheld, use the backlight to illuminate your screen.
Microphone Inputs audio into your handheld. Stylus holder Secures the stylus to your handheld. To use the stylus, remove from its holder and hold it as you would hold a pen or pencil. 1 Getting started Acer n30 tour...
1 Getting started Preparing to use your Acer n30 Bottom view Preparing to use your Acer n30 Perform the following easy installation tasks to begin using your handheld: • Install the Microsoft • Connect the cable • Charge your handheld •...
ActiveSync. • Do not copy the ActiveSync files to your computer’s hard disk. You must use the Acer n30 Handheld Companion CD to place the files in their proper locations and to decompress the files. To install the Microsoft Exit any open programs, including those that run at startup, and disable any virus- scanning software.
1 Getting started Preparing to use your Acer n30 Connecting the computer The 3-in-one sync cable that comes with your handheld enables you to synchronise the information on your handheld with the data in your computer using ActiveSync technology. NOTE: Don't plug the USB host into USB client.
72 hours (3 days) to recharge the battery before you lose all data on your handheld’s internal memory. Setting up your Acer n30 After you have initially charged your handheld for three hours, you can now set it up. Refer to the instructions below. 1 Getting started Preparing to use your Acer n30...
1 Getting started Preparing to use your Acer n30 To set up your Acer n30 Turn on your handheld by pressing the power button on the left side.See "Left view" on page 4, for the location of the power button.
• Set up a partnership so you can synchronise information between your handheld and your computer • Customise your synchronisation settings To perform the first synchronisation process Connect the 3-in-one sync cable to your handheld. Plug the USB client connector into a USB port on your computer. The 'New Partnership' setup wizard will automatically start on your computer screen.
1 Getting started Command interface • Tap. Touch the screen once with the stylus to open items and select options. • Drag. Hold the stylus on the screen and drag across the screen to select text and images. Drag in a list to select multiple items. •...
Start menu From the Start menu, you can select programs, settings and Help topics. To display the Start menu, from the top of any screen tap Command bar At the bottom of the screen is the command bar. You can use its menus and buttons to perform tasks in programs.
Letter Recognizer, Block Recognizer, or Transcriber. In either case, the characters appear as typed text on the screen. NOTE: Transcriber is available only for the English and European Acer n30 models. To show or hide the input panel Tap the Input Panel button.
2 Entering data in your Acer n30 Using the input panel inserted into your text at the insertion point. The more you use your handheld, the more words it learns to anticipate. To change word suggestion options • To set word suggestion options such as the number of words suggested at one time, tap Completion tab.
With Transcriber you can write anywhere on the screen using the stylus just as you would on paper. NOTE: Transcriber is available only for the English and European Acer n30 models. Unlike Letter Recognizer and Block Recognizer, you can write a sentence or more of information.
2 Entering data in your Acer n30 Writing on the screen To write on the screen • Tap the Pen button to switch to writing mode. This action displays lines on the screen to help you write. NOTE: Some programs that accept writing may not have the Pen button. See the documentation for that program to find out how to switch to writing mode.
If you add writing to a word to change it (such as changing a attempt to recognise the word, the writing you add will not be included if you attempt to recognise the writing again. 2 Entering data in your Acer n30 Writing on the screen "...
2 Entering data in your Acer n30 Drawing on the screen Tips for getting good recognition • Write neatly. • Write on the lines. Write the cross of the "t" and apostrophes below the top line so that they are not confused with the word above. Write periods and commas above the line.
– Tap an editing command on the pop-up menu, or tap a command on the Edit menu. • To resize a drawing: – Make sure the Pen button is not selected. – Drag a selection handle until required size is attained. 2 Entering data in your Acer n30 Drawing on the screen...
2 Entering data in your Acer n30 Recording a message Recording a message In any program where you can write or draw on the screen, you can also quickly capture thoughts, reminders, and phone numbers by recording a message. • In Calendar, Tasks, and Contacts, you can include a recording in the Notes tab.
NOTE: You can add text after inserting a My Text message before sending it. To edit a My Text message In the Tools menu, tap Edit and then tap My Text Messages. Select the message you wish to edit and make desired changes. 2 Entering data in your Acer n30 Using My Text...
2 Entering data in your Acer n30 Using My Text...
and information This chapter will discuss the following topics: • Opening and switching between applications in your handheld • Using File Explorer to manage files • Using the Find function to look for a specific file Opening an application You can open applications by doing either of the following: •...
3 Managing applications and information Switching between applications Icon Program Usage Contacts Keep track of your friends and colleagues. Inbox Send and receive email messages. Pocket Internet Browse Web and WAP sites, and download new Explorer programs and files from the Internet. Notes Create handwritten or typed notes, drawings, and recordings.
Finding and organising information Using the Find function and the File Explorer window will allow you to find and manage your files easily. To use Find The Find function on your handheld helps you quickly locate information. On the Enter the text you want to find, then select a data type. TIP: To quickly find information that is taking up storage space on your handheld, select Larger than 64 KB in Type.
3 Managing applications and information Finding and organising information To use File Explorer Use File Explorer to locate files on your handheld and to organise these files into folders. • On the menu, tap Programs, and then File Explorer.
4 Managing Microsoft® Po cket Outlook applications Pocket Outlook applications This chapter will discuss the basic applications included in the Microsoft Outlook program installed in your handheld. This discussion will include: • Calendar - schedule meetings and remind yourself of set appointments •...
4 Managing Microsoft® Pocket Outlook applications Calendar To open Calendar • Press the Calendar Quick button on the front panel of your handheld. Calendar will open to today’s schedule. NOTE: You can customise the Calendar display, such as changing the first day of the week, by tapping Options on the Tools menu.
4 Managing Microsoft® Po cket Outlook applications Scheduling an appointment You can use Calendar to create or review appointments. To create an appointment If you are in Day or Week view, tap the desired date and time for the appointment. Tap New.
4 Managing Microsoft® Pocket Outlook applications Calendar Creating a meeting request You can use Calendar to set up meetings with users of Outlook or Pocket Outlook. The meeting request will be created automatically and sent either when you synchronise Inbox or when you connect to your email server. Indicate how you want meeting requests sent by tapping Tools and then Options.
4 Managing Microsoft® Po cket Outlook applications Contacts Contacts maintains a list of your friends’ and colleagues’ contact information. Using your handheld’s infrared (IR) port or Bluetooth, you can quickly share some or all of this information with other device users. To open Contacts •...
4 Managing Microsoft® Pocket Outlook applications Contacts After entering the desired information, tap OK to return to the Contact list. Finding a contact There are four ways to find a contact: • In the Contact list, enter a contact name in the box under the navigation bar. To show all contacts again, clear text from the box or tap the button to the right of the box.
4 Managing Microsoft® Po cket Outlook applications Tasks Use Tasks to keep track of what you have to do and prioritise them based on their importance and urgency. To open Tasks • Tap Tasks will open to the Tasks list. NOTE: To change the way information is displayed in the list, tap Tools and then Options.
4 Managing Microsoft® Pocket Outlook applications Tasks After entering the desired information, tap OK to return to the task list. TIP: To quickly create a task with only a subject, tap Entry Bar on the Tools menu. Then, tap Tap Here to add a new task and enter your task information. Using the summary screen When you tap a task in the task list, a summary screen is displayed.
Create a note by writing, drawing, typing, or recording. NOTE: For more information about using the input panel, writing and drawing on the screen, and creating recordings, see "2 Entering data in your Acer n30" on page 15. then, Notes.
4 Managing Microsoft® Pocket Outlook applications Inbox Inbox Use Inbox to send and receive e-mail messages by doing either of the following: • Synchronise e-mail messages with Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft Outlook on your computer. • Send and receive e-mail messages by connecting directly to an e-mail server through an Internet service provider (ISP) or a network.
4 Managing Microsoft® Po cket Outlook applications You can work online or offline. When working online, you read and respond to messages while connected to the email server. Messages are sent as soon as you tap Send, which saves space on your handheld. When working offline, once you've downloaded new message headers or partial messages, you can disconnect from the email server and then decide which messages to download completely.
4 Managing Microsoft® Pocket Outlook applications Inbox Managing email messages and folders By default, messages are displayed in one of five folders for each service you have created: Inbox, Deleted Items, Drafts, Outbox, and Sent Items. • The behavior of the Deleted and Sent Items folders depends on the options you have chosen.
Messenger ® Windows Media™ Player for Pocket PC ® Reader for Pocket PC ® Reader is available only for the English and European Acer n30 models. , Programs, Pocket Word, and then New. Pocket Word Pocket ® ® Pocket PC 2003...
5 Managing Microsoft® Pocket PC 2003 companion programs Pocket Word NOTE: When you choose to create a new document, you will be prompted to save any already open document. To use the Pocket Word file list Pocket Word contains a list of the files stored on your handheld. •...
5 Managing Microsoft® Pocket PC 2003 companion programs Typing mode • Using the input panel, enter typed text into the document. For more information on entering typed text, see "Using the input panel" on page 15. • To format existing text and to edit text, first select the text. You can select text as you do in a Word document, using your stylus instead of the mouse to drag through the text you want to select.
5 Managing Microsoft® Pocket PC 2003 companion programs Pocket Excel Drawing mode In drawing mode, use your stylus to draw on the screen. Gridlines appear as a guide. When you lift your stylus off the screen after the first stroke, you'll see a drawing box indicating the boundaries of the drawing.
5 Managing Microsoft® Pocket PC 2003 companion programs • Create new workbooks on your handheld, such as expense reports and mileage logs, or you can copy workbooks from your computer to your handheld. • Synchronise workbooks between your computer and your handheld so that you have the most up-to-date content in both locations.
5 Managing Microsoft® Pocket PC 2003 companion programs Pocket Excel • Tap View and then Toolbar. Protecting your workbooks If your workbook contains sensitive information, you can protect it with a password. • Open the workbook, tap Edit, and then Password. Every time you open the workbook, you will need to enter the password, so choose one that is easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess.
5 Managing Microsoft® Pocket PC 2003 companion programs – To show a hidden row or column: For more information on using Pocket Excel, tap tap Help from the ® Messenger ® • See who is online • Send and receive instant messages •...
5 Managing Microsoft® Pocket PC 2003 companion programs MSN® Messenger send a email, block the contact from chatting with you, or delete contacts from your list using the pop-up menu. • To see others online without being seen, in the Tools menu, tap My Status and select Appear Offline.
5 Managing Microsoft® Pocket PC 2003 companion programs Tap Send. Tips when chatting with contacts • To invite another contact to a multi-user chat, in the Tools menu, tap Invite and tap the contact you want to invite. • To switch back to the main window without closing a chat, tap the Contacts button.
• On a book page, tap the book title, and then tap Library on the pop-up menu. Opening a book • Tap a book title in the Library list. ® Reader for Pocket PC to read eBooks on your handheld. ® Reader is available only for the English and European Acer n30 models.
5 Managing Microsoft® Pocket PC 2003 companion programs Tap to select a sort order. Tap to specify the books you want to display in the list. Tap here to navigate to other parts of the Reader. Reading a book Each book consists of a cover page, an optional table of contents, and the pages of the book.
5 Managing Microsoft® Pocket PC 2003 companion programs Microsoft® Reader for Pocket PC Tap to select a navigation Using Reader features Reading a book electronically gives you several options not available with paper books. These options are available from any book page. Select text by dragging across the text on the page.
5 Managing Microsoft® Pocket PC 2003 companion programs Book annotations To see a list of a book's annotations, including bookmarks, highlights, text notes, and drawings: Tap Annotations Index on the book's cover page. Tap an entry in the list to go to the annotated page. To use bookmarks •...
5 Managing Microsoft® Pocket PC 2003 companion programs Microsoft® Reader for Pocket PC...
Backup and restore data Backup/Restore enables you to back up data files and applications from your handheld to a storage device and to restore data to your handheld. Advanced security features offer password protection of sensitive documents/applications during Backup and/or Restore operations. The expansion features of your handheld allow you to use any of the following storage devices: •...
6 Backup and restore data Backup function To perform data backup Close all running programs except for Backup/Restore. In the Backup tab, choose whether to accept the default filename (MyBackup) or type a new one by tapping on the keyboard icon on the bottom of the screen. Select a storage device from the 'Backup to' pull-down menu.
NOTE: 'MyAutoBackup' is the default file name of the backup file generated by the AutoBackup operation. Restore function You can only restore backup files that are generated by Backup/Restore; file format is *.abk (Acer backup). To perform data restoration Close all running programs except for Backup/Restore.
6 Backup and restore data Select a source storage device from the 'Restore from' pulldown menu. The lower half of the screen will display a list of files contained in the selected storage device. Filename, file size and date when the backup file was created are indicated in the list.
6 Backup and restore data Tap Delete to remove the file.
The slim and lightweight design of your Acer n30 belies its impressive expansion features . These expansion features include: • Integrated dual use SD/MMC slot • USB host port via 3-in-one sync cable These expansion features allow you to: •...
Gently remove the card from the slot (b). Using an USB thumb drive Your Acer n30 supports USB host expansion. Via 3-in-one sync cable, you can access a USB thumb drive directly on your n30. Inserting an USB thumb drive Get the 3-in-one sync cable, and attach its 26-pin connector to the handheld.
® Using ActiveSync Before you begin synchronisation, install ActiveSync on your computer from the Acer n30 Handheld Companion CD. NOTE: ActiveSync is already installed on your handheld. For more information on installing ActiveSync, see "Installing the Microsoft® ActiveSync® software".
8 Exchanging and updati ng data using ActiveSync®. Using ActiveSync®. For information about using ActiveSync on your computer, start ActiveSync on your computer, and then see ActiveSync Help.
Using infrared (IR) or Bluetooth , you can send and receive information, such as contacts and appointments to/from other IR-enabled or Bluetooth-enabled devices. Your n30 will receive all incoming InfraRed (IR) or Bluetooth beams and asks you after the transmission has been established whether you wish to accept those beams.
9 Getting connected Transferring items using infrared or Bluetooth Tap and hold the item, and then tap Beam Item on the pop-up menu. -or- Send items (but not folders) using File Explorer. • Tap and hold the item you want to send and then tap Beam File on the pop-up menu.
Bluetooth link. To configure your handheld to do this, select Add a New Modem Connection from the My ISP after tapping NOTE: Bluetooth is available only for n30-B. and then Settings. and then Settings then Connections icon in the Connections tab.
Check your cellular phone's instruction manual to determine screen inputs for the forthcoming Bluetooth bonding screens. On your n30, you will be asked to enter the PIN selected on your cellular phone. Both PINs must match or bonding will fail.
If this is the method you want to use, see "To create an wireless Ethernet connection to a network" on page 69. Your n30 handheld supports a SD wireless Ethernet card or a SD Modem card. • Create a Bluetooth connection to a cellular phone as a modem with Bluetooth support.
9 Getting connected Connecting to a network NOTE: Bluetooth is available only for n30-B. End a connection To disconnect, do one of the following: • When connected via Infrared, move your handheld away from the computer. • When connected via a wireless (Ethernet) card, remove the card from your handheld.
Pocket Internet Explorer Use Microsoft ways: • During synchronisation with your computer, download your favorite links and mobile favorites that are stored in the Mobile Favorites subfolder of Internet Explorer on your computer. • Connect to an Internet service provider (ISP) or network and browse the Web. To do this, you'll need to create the connection first, as described in "9 Getting connected"...
10 Using Microsoft® Pocket Internet Explorer Using Pocket Internet Explorer Optionally, in Update, select a desired update schedule. NOTE: If you did not specify an update schedule, you will need to manually download content to keep the information updated on both your computer and handheld. Before synchronising with your handheld, in Internet Explorer on your computer, click Tools and then Synchronise.
10 Using Microsoft® Pocket Internet Explorer Tap the page you want to view. You'll see the page that was downloaded the last time you synchronised with your computer. If the page is not on your handheld, the favorite will be dimmed. You will need to synchronise with your computer again to download the page to your handheld, or connect to the Internet to view the page.
10 Using Microsoft® Pocket Internet Explorer Using Pocket Internet Explorer...
handheld You can customise your handheld based on your personal requirements and preferences as well as depending on your usual work modes. Customise your handheld by doing either of the following: • Adjust the handheld settings • Add or remove programs Adjusting handheld settings You can adjust the settings of your handheld to suit the way you work.
11 Customising your handheld Adding and removing programs To add programs using ActiveSync You'll need to install the appropriate software for your handheld on your computer before installing it on your handheld. Determine your handheld and processor type so that you know which version of the software to install.
NOTE: Read any installation instructions, Read Me files, or documentation that comes with the program. Many programs provide special installation instructions. Tap the file, such as a *.xip or *.exe file. The installation wizard will begin. Follow the directions on the screen. To add a program to the Start menu •...
11 Customising your handheld Adding and removing programs...
Appendix: Exchanging and updating data using Bluetooth Utility (only for n30-B) Appendix: and updating data using Bluetooth Utility This chapter provides overview description for using services provided by Bluetooth Utility which includes Bluetooth Setting and Bluetooth Manager. Bluetooth Utility Bluetooth utility is the solution for the seamless integration of Bluetooth technology into devices that use the PocketPC operating system.
A p p e n d i x : E x c h a n g i n g and updating data us ing Bluetooth Utility (only for n30-B) Bluetooth Settings The first screen Bluetooth Settings has ON/OFF buttons to apply/remove power to the hardware.
Appendix: Exchanging and updating data using Bluetooth Utility (only for n30-B) – My Shortcuts-displays a list of pre-configured connections and establishes – Active Connections-displays active incoming and outgoing connections. • Three menus: – New – Tools – View-controls the on-screen display (icons or list).
A p p e n d i x : E x c h a n g i n g and updating data us ing Bluetooth Utility (only for n30-B) Remote Device Services Dial-up Networking: Connect To A Remote Computer Dial-up Networking allows you to connect to a remote computer via a phone line.
Appendix: Exchanging and updating data using Bluetooth Utility (only for n30-B) than one phone number, you can select the number to be dialed. Phone numbers can also be modified before they are dialed. To use the Dial via Bluetooth feature : •...
A p p e n d i x : E x c h a n g i n g and updating data us ing Bluetooth Utility (only for n30-B) Remote Device Services...
Block Recognizer Letter Recognizer soft keyboard Transcriber using My Text writing on the screen convert to text expansion features Acer versatile connector attaching expansion sleeve inserting CompactFlash card removing CompactFlash card handheld guides maintenance package contents resetting...
Microsoft Pocket Outlook Calendar create meeting request open schedule appointment summary screen Contact create contact find contact open summary screen Inbox connect to email server manage folders Message list open synchronise email Notes create note open Tasks create task open summary screen Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 companion programs...