Physical keyboards became obsolete ever since the iPhone or the smartphone revolution started. However, despite being in existence for almost a decade, people still have trouble getting used to virtual keyboards, primarily regarding how they function and how not to ruin someone’s life with just a few typos. But fortunately, these glaring impediments can be resolved at some level by understanding a couple of lesser-known tips. Here, we discuss six such tricks.
Double-Tap the Spacebar
You can shrink a two-tap process by this tip. How? Double-tapping the spacebar on most virtual keyboards will put a period at the end of the sentence with space after that. Hence, you can carry on with your Twitter rant without having to look for the little period key.
Discovering the Camouflaged Characters
Don’t want to fiddle around to locate a special character? Surprise: You can get to those by long-pressing the letters and the period shortcut on the bottom. You might have to turn on the option in the keyboard settings before you try this, though.
Admit it, emojis are an integral part of your life and you need them right at your fingertips. To make that easier, companies have included “emoji suggestions” in their virtual keyboards. Hence, if you type “laugh”, the respective emoji pops up in the prediction bar. However, this isn’t enabled by default.
To enable it on Google’s default keyboard – Gboard, head into its settings, prediction and then “emoji suggestions”. For Swiftkey, it is located in the typing settings.
Yes, you read that right, virtual keyboards come with various resizing tweaks and in some cases, even a one-hand mode so that you don’t have to learn kungfu to write flawlessly. As the name suggests, this feature essentially diminishes the size of the keyboard to either side of the display. It is present in the “preferences” settings of Gboard and “layout” on Swiftkey.
Writing Entire Sentences Through Swipe Typing
You’ve typed words by swiping over letter keys, but how about completing the sentence without pausing for the space bar at all? Most keyboards allow swiping over the space bar for putting the space between words and continuing with the remaining sentence. Once you get used to this, there is no looking back. In fact, many people simply can’t do without the swiping feature on keyboards once they start using it.
Turning Words Upper Case
We have kept the most obscure tip for the last. If you want to uppercase an already typed word, just select it and press the capslock key. Ta da!
That’s about it for this article, let us know in the comments section if we missed any helpful keyboard tricks.