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Configure Menu & Back Android Hardware Buttons On Nook Color


Being originally intended to be an eBook reader, the Barnes & Noble Nook Color lacks some key Android hardware buttons like Menu and Back but with a quick hack, you can configure the Volume buttons to perform these actions on your Nook Color if you have installed a custom Gingerbread based CyanogenMod7 or Honeycomb Android ROM on it. Read on for our guide on how to configure these on your Nook Color.While this functionality can be enabled on-screen by adding these button to the status bar, it isn’t always the most useful method as the status bar isn’t visible in full-screen applications such as some browsers and games etc. That’s why XDA-Developers forum member EpicFail236 decided to configure the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons to serve this purpose. While the volume buttons are quite useful, they aren’t used as frequently as the Menu and Back buttons if you are using it as an Android tablet.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  • Copy the downloaded Keyboard Mod zip file to the SD Card.
  • Power of your Nook Color and boot into recovery.
  • Navigate to the zip file using Volume Up and Volume down button and the ‘N’ key to select.
  • Flash the zip file.
  • Reboot your tablet.

Your Nook Color hardware buttons have now been configured as below:

  • Voume Up –> Menu
  • Volume Down –> Back

For any developments, future customizations to this mod or any issues, please visit the XDA-Developers forum thread.

[via XDA Developers]


  1. Once you do this… how do you change the volume when necessary? Also, can this be un-done if I’m not happy with it?


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