HTC HD2 (HTC Leo) tweaks and tricks

Complete list of tweaks and tricks for HTC HD2 (HTC Leo) from

Note for users new to Windows Mobile you will need a registry editor to find and edit files beginning with either HKLM or HKCU and a file editor that can unhide system files. Resco supply both apps and are recommended but are not the only apps out there. All registry entries are in red.

1. Enable Hidden Default Games
Go to the Windows directory and copy bubblebreaker.exe and solitaire.exe to the games folder as shortcuts in Windows\Start Menu. Make sure to unhide system files to see the games listed.

2. Enable Website Thumbnails When Navigating Back in Opera
Go to HKLM\Software\Opera\Info and change EnableVisualBack from 0 to 1. Press back key and use gestures to go back pages.

3. Increase Resolution of Back Thumbnails
Go to HKLM\Software\Opera\Prefs\User Prefs and change History Thumbnail Size from 128 to 512.

4. Increase Number of Opera Tabs
Go to HKLM\Software\Opera\Prefs\User Prefs and change Maximum Allowed Tabs from 3 to say 9 (or any number)

5. Enable Hidden Owner Info in Settings\Personal Folder
Go to HKLM\ControlPanel\Owner and change Hide from 1 to 0 and then reset. You can now enter your name you want to register old apps.

6. Enable NaviPanel Without Owning the Car Kit/Navigation Dock
Go to Windows folder and copy NaviPanel.exe as a shortcut to Windows\Start Menu folder.

7. Get the old Task Manager Back
To be able to really close programs using the X instead of just ‘minimizing’ the program and leaving it in memory,
install Duttys HTC Task Manager (attached below), restart and the X is back. Also in Settings you can configure its function.

8. Add Task Manager to Home Screen Quick Links
Copy the hidden TaskMgr.exe file from your Windows folder to your Start Menu/Programs folder. Now it’s possible to place a shortcut on your Manila today and you can open/close running programs with ease.

9. Change the Language of HTC Sense
Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\MUI\CurLang and change the value 409 to 408 (Hex) (for example Greek) or try another value for your language. You can find all Windows Locale Codes here:
Please read this thread before changing language:

10. Using the Back Key in Opera
You can use the actual back key at the bottom of your phone to go back a web page or two in Opera, instead of bringing up the Opera menu and selecting the back arrow.

11. Exiting Volume Screen
For quick exit of the volume screen, tap anywhere in the dark grey background surrounding the vertical slider button.

12. Reduce Errors in Typing
In Input options, disable the number of words to show in T9 for less mistakes when typing and thus faster entry.

13. Install Compact Net Framework 3.5 to Make Old Apps Work Again
Some apps you may have used on another phone will not work on the Leo unless you install Compact Net Framework to your phone. Download the cab from the following link and install to Device only – not Storage Card and then reset. Also make sure your phone is using the 3.5 as default and not 2.5. Go here: HKLM/Software/Microsoft/.NETCompactFramework. Change the DWORD data of entry 2.0.7045.00 from 1 to 0. Next Change the DWORD data of entry 3.5.7283.00 from 0 to 1 and then reset. This disables 2.0 and enables 3.5.

14. Activate Hidden Photo Modes
You can activate two hidden photo modes by using the following registry tweaks and then reset:

To enable Video Share mode:
Go to HKLM\Software\HTC\Camera\P9
set “Enable” to “1

To enable GPS Photo mode:
Go to HKLM\Software\HTC\Camera\P10
set “Enable” to “1

15. How to Hard Reset your Phone
To hard reset your phone which means to delete ALL personal data and settings and have the phone in factory default conditions as if you turned on the phone for the first time after purchasing, press the following buttons:

1. With the device turned off, press and hold the VOLUME UP and VOLUME DOWN buttons, then briefly press the POWER button.
2. Continue pressing the VOLUME UP and VOLUME DOWN buttons until you see this message on the screen:
“This operation will delete all your personal data, and reset all settings to the manufacturer default settings. Press VolUp to restore manufacturer defaults, or press other keys to cancel.”
3. Release the VOLUME UP and VOLUME DOWN buttons.
4. Press the VOLUME UP button to perform the hard reset, or press any other button to cancel the reset.

You can also use Clear Storage to reset your device back to factory default settings.
1. On the Home screen, slide to the Settings tab and then tap All Settings.
2. On the System tab, tap Clear Storage.
3. Enter “1234” and then tap Yes.

Make sure you back up all your data such as Contacts, Appointments etc or they will be gone forever.

16. Get True 5 Mega pixel Resolution When Using Camera
To get 5MP instead of 4MP resolution when using your camera, you must switch off Widescreen mode in the ‘Advanced’ Menu.
* Normal screen = 2592 x 1944 pixels = 5,038,848 pixels = 5MP
* Widescreen = 2592 x 1552 pixels = 4,022,784 pixels = 4MP

17. Increase Resolution of Panoramic Photos – NON WORKING
By default, panoramic photos are less than 1 mp. This registry tweak increases resolution to about 7 mp.
Go to: HKLM/Software/HTC/Camera/P3
Adjust MainCamCaptSize to 1024 and MainCamSupportCaptSize to 1744. Soft reset.
Default 1mp is: MainCamCaptSize 64 and MainCamSupportCaptSize 80. Soft reset.

18. Get Better Video Quality When Using Camera
Use MPEG format instead of H.263 for better quality video output. This option can be found by going to the Advanced Setting from the Video Settings menu. Once there, go to Capture Format and change format if necessary.

19. Improve Suggested T9 Dictionary With Custom Words
The Leo has a very useful hidden application in the Windows directory. You need to unhide hidden system and Rom files in order to find it. Find the file “eT9MyWords.exe” in the Windows directory and add a shortcut to this file in your Windows/Start Menu folder.

When in the application, add the most common words you use when using the keypad such as names, locations, user names, email addresses and other words not common in the standard T9 dictionary. For example if you are based in London, UK you could add the following locations:

Leicester, Piccadilly, Tottenham, Soho, Charring, Euston, Trafalgar, Clapham,

and words such as BRB, DVD, coz, lol, xoxo,, ciao, etc.

20. Which Gloves Work With Capacitive Screen
Now winter is approaching it may be a hassel to constantly remove your gloves to touch the screen and USE your phone. Buy yourself a pair of thin leather gloves – unlined or silk lined. The thinner the better. You will find that the screen can still register your fingertips even through the thin leather. If you are male and cannot find thin enough men’s gloves, try a larger size in women’s gloves. Google “Dent’s Extra Soft 3000 gloves” for a pair that definately works with Leo screen. I own them and tested them.

21. Amazing Collection of HTC Sense Theme Tweaks
Visit this link and check out all the modifcations to your Sense theme:

22. Change Your Quicklinks from 9 to 16 Slots
Amazing tweak. Now have a 4 x 4 grid of quicklinks instead of a 3 x 3 grid. Install cab at bottom of post and reset. Please note you can only use the default black weather wallpaper when using the cab and also contacts photos will not show. If you will only use your quicklinks for apps and don’t mind the black wallpaper, go ahead.

23. Enable Haptic Feedback in Opera for Link Clicking
Go to HKLM\Software\Opera\Defaults
Add new DWORD Value as Name: VibrationEnabled and DWORD Data (dec): 1

24. Enable LED Notification Setting in Sound and Notifications
If you want your LED to flash when you have a new message, missed call or voicemail.. well you can’t as it is greyed out. However the following registry entries can be modified to enable them or use the cab at end of post. Reset after changes.

New Message:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\Notifications\{A877 D65B-239C-47a7-9304-0D347F580408}]
=dword: change to 15

Missed Call:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\Notifications\{A877 D660-239C-47a7-9304-0D347F580408}]
=dword: change to 15

Voice Mail:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\Notifications\{A877 D661-239C-47a7-9304-0D347F580408}]
=dword: change to 15

25. Allow Audio Booster to Stay On.
Notice how after every song Audio Booster turns off again? A very simple solution is to press the Home button and not the “Done” softkey. This keeps Audio Booster running.

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