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7 keyboard tips that will make you type faster on Windows Phone

The keyboard on Windows Phone works really well. We can type really fast on it, but maybe it’s because we’ve been using Windows Phone devices for a while now. Whether you’re already a pro at typing away several emails or just getting familiar with a new Windows Phone device, there are definitely some tips and tricks that will make you type faster. We’ve gathered 7 keyboard tips that will help new users or those who may have not had the time to experiment.

1. Tap space bar twice for period

This could be the oldest trick in the book and many of you may already know it. Just tap the spacebar twice to type a period. This helps end those sentences quickly.

2. Swipe to numbers or symbols

Need to type a number or symbol quickly? It might be faster for you to swipe from the symbol button &123 to the number or symbol. Press and hold the &123 button and then drag it to what you want to type. If you plan to type a lot of numbers consecutively, then it will probably be faster to tap &123 and then the number or symbol.

Keyboard Number

3. Swipe to common punctuations

Need a quick way to end a sentence with an exclamation point or question mark? Press and hold the period button, then drag your finger to any of the common punctuations.

4. Swipe to .org, .edu, or .net

When you’re typing a URL in Internet Explorer, a dedicated .com button shows up in the keyboard. What if you want .org, .edu, or .net? Just press and hold the .com button and then swipe to the extension you want.

Keyboard extensions

5. Press and hold for CAPS LOCK

You probably already know that you need to tap the shift button first to type a capital letter. If you want to type everything in CAPS, you have two options: double tap the shift button, or press and hold it. That activates CAPS lock.

6. Fast emoticons

Do you use the emoticon button on the keyboard for smiley faces and hundreds of other pictures? There’s a setting you should know that will help you type faster. Go to settings > keyboard > advanced, and click the box that says “switch back to letters after I type an emoticon.” Leave this unchecked if you send many emoticons consecutively in one message.

Keyboard emoticons

7. Add words to Word Flow

The Windows Phone keyboard features Word Flow, which means you get text suggestions as you type. Sometimes, the phone even corrects your typing for you. If there’s a word that you use a lot that the phone doesn’t know, it will learn it automatically. You can add new words manually by typing it first, then click to select it. Tap the plus sign to add it to the suggestion list.

You can reset the suggestions list by going to settings > keyboard > advanced, and clicking the ‘reset suggestions’ button.

Word Flow Suggestions

So, those are 7 tips that will make you type faster on Windows Phone. Do you already follow these tips? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!

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TheDarKnight says:

Wow that's awesome, didn't know some of them exist!

PeadarWagon says:

Try pressing and holding the numbers too for more exciting number fun!

AV2RY says:

+10 I thought I knew everything on keyboard.. not this, Thanks))
 

SargeT says:

you mean indicated division on 1-3 and the degree sign or there is something else on other numbers?

Thanks mate. I didn't know it too!

Am I the only one that keeps hitting comma instead of space lol?

serjoshua says:

you aren't alone my friend :))

Nope, well, I'm left handed, so I keep hiting period, not comma! But its the same problem. And the only real issue I have with the keyboard. The space bar simply is to short!

Same thing here. I keep hitting the period and the fact that most apps require you to login ONLY in portrait mode frustrates the heck outta me..lol

Me too!! Awesome tips!!

KillaRizzay says:

You can also press and hold A, N, E, T, S, D,C, M for more symbols such as © and european letters

Nik Rolls says:

Windows Phone's keyboard is by far the best traditional-style touch keyboard out there.

True that. So much better than all the Android keyboards.

Toxid_Fox says:

The only thing i wish is that they would make the keyboards streach out over the whole bottom part of the screen when in landscape... atleast have it as an option.

 

I would also want to make the space bar longer since i am always pressing "," instead of space.

jagmeet83 says:

by the way how u add '+' from windows phone keyboard..... +925

BeatSync says:

I knew I couldnt be the only one, this is my biggest gripe with the keyboard. I am constantly entering commas instead of hitting the space bar.

dpiranda says:

I always do this. This,is,really annoying.

michail71 says:

My problem is spacebar and v. I have more near key typos on WP than on iOS and the android keyboards I've tried. And don't tell me to get used to it, it's been over a year.

Daniel Meek says:

I would love to see split keys in landscape, similar to how it is on win8.  Especially on larger phones like the 1520 it would make thumb typing much faster.  1520 is probably big enough to have split keys and have a num pad in the middle....

omullins says:

I press comma instead of space ALL THE TIME. My friends just know that means space now lol.

ashish25789 says:

Oh its a common,problem then :D....space button is such a big one despite that i keep on hitting the comma button :|

Would prefer a split keyboard on my 1520 in landscape like the Windows 8 tablets have.

jomarr says:

My thumbs are big, I get the same problem.

monotheist says:

I thought i was the only one with this problem, After i added the button to change keyboards, this has become a bigger problem

albogino says:

Yup that space bar is too short, I'm always missing it

HeavyHanded says:

Same,here. That space,bar,is,too small,for,me.

Nik Rolls says:

Do you have the language selection icon there? If so and you never switch layouts, remove the extra ones in the settings and you get a wider spacebar.

Ethere says:

Disagree here. Swiftkey on Android is so much better than the Windows Phone keyboard. Before you ask, I'm using a Lumia 920 as my primary phone. The only thing I wish the Windows Phone keyboard would add is the ability to long press on the top row of keys for the numbers like Android does.

freshfelicio says:

Or like Windows 8 does it.

Nabkawe5 says:

Every time i switch from Swype and Swiftkey to my Windows Phone I'm in awe to Windows Phone Keyboard, I now never chat except on my Windows Phone.

Swiftkey is rather good. 

However this doesn't diminish how well WP8 stacks up against the built in keyboards of Android and iOS or even against Swype.

WP8 does a good job of learning how and what you write.  Once you have used it for a few days, most of your typing can be done easily by clicking through the predictive word suggestions and hardly ever touching the letters.

This is also one tip that should have been in this article, "Pay attention to the predicted word list and use it." 

Even if doesn't yet know common expressions you type, the suggestions are grammatically contextual and also pulls from real world information, where typing Elvis will offer [Presley Costello] as the next word to type. (Famous names are just one example, it also works with common locations, etc.)

Martfo says:

I agree also. I used my wifes phone this morning to and swiftkey is faster and easier despite her phone being a lot smaller. I would love Swiftkey on my WP

Sin Ogaris says:

I still prefer Swype, it was Heavenly on the N9.

I am getting used to using the autofill though, tending to only have to type a letter or two at the most then grab the word I want.

Only it doesn't save profanity to the dictionary

True. I find that obcene.

borasar says:

the voice assistant blanks out profanities also, very annoying

yeah that  censure is ennoying  and a little bit stupid on nowdays

pookiewood says:

Sadly way more accurate on WP7. Too many b's instead of spaces when I switched to my 920. :(

JudgeHolden says:

Or Ns.

It autocorrects about 40% of the time, but I do it fairly often.

glassadam says:

Yeah, my typing went way downhill with my 920, too often hitting space instead of bottom-row letters.

Same problem here, I had a 800 and when I switched to 920 that happened and still happens

nlm says:

Me 2, my typing was awesome on the LG Quantum even using the touch keyboard in portrait. My typing sucks on the 920. Even after almost a year im still tapping the wrong keys on the 920. Ibused to complain about this daily via,Nokia feedback. I,guess nothing ever comes out,of that function.

The keyboard needs microphone and voice dictation built in system-wide.

sueha says:

THIS THIS THIS! I could almost convince my biggest android friend to buy a 1520, but when he asked if you could voice dictate messages in whatsapp, I had to disappoint him.. I cant believe this is not built-in system-wide...

Paul Verizzo says:

As I spent many  years with REAL keyboards on a long line of Nokia Communicators, all this screen keyboard stuff totally sucks.  It's like having a Mercedes and then being forced to drive a Yugo, no more Mercedes left.

I try my best to avoid input on my Windows Phone.  And, damn Nokia/MS, my 810 doesn't have HID bluetooth, I have a mini-keyboard I used on a phone a few years ago.  Very nice, but doesn't work with my 810, if any WP.

I've been using cellular services and products since the old car phones in 1986.  In terms of PCS service and phones, I've never had a phone that I both loved and hated simultaneously as my 810 WP.  
 

marc99ch says:

Does anyone know if its possible to backup the learned/manually added wordlist?

In my eyes thats the only (and major) downside of this Keyboard. Swiftkey on Android did a great job on that with its Cloud.

willied says:

It's currently not possible as far as I know. Hopefully 8.1 will bring that and the ability to edit or delete words that you've added to the dictionary.

marc99ch says:

Thanks man. Yes thats a shame and i'm so excited for 8.1. I love my 1520 but i'm still missing some core features from Android.

Yousef Kawmi says:

Swiftkey app is not core feature from Android

marc99ch says:

Ah really? Your such a smart guy.

Yousef Kawmi says:

what !? 
btw you're *

schlubadub says:

Yeah, it sucks. The default dictionary has numerous glaring omissions and wants to spell a lot of words in US English. Very frustrating when you have to undo the auto-correct when it's changed "colour" or "realise" or a multitude of other words to the awful US equivalents.

willied says:

Awful? We are much more efficient as we use less extraneous letters. :P

starblade876 says:

Right? Do they even pronounce these letters? Plus, I mean, I'd rather be able to use 'Z' more in Scrabble than waste an 'S' or a 'U' that I might need if I draw a 'Q'. xD

mjrtoo says:

Wow, hate much?

SinisterDuck says:

The Keyboard > Advanced setting doesn't show the emoticon option on my 920. Weird.

Me neither on 928

RyanAMG says:

I see it on my 928. Are you running update 3?

Nor on my Amber 820. Odd. Is this a Black feature?

Miistercoool says:

It should, I see it on my 925 with Amber and Update 3 on T-mobile US.... Just go to the main settings in your phone then scroll down to keyboard then advanced and it should be there...

I'm afraid it definitely isn't there. Odd. Thank you though!

Miistercoool says:

Yea sorry, your welcome

toph36 says:

I see it on my 822, I have Amber and Update 3 too.  Maybe this was added with Update 3?

digiacomo says:

How did you get update 3 on the 925 on tmo USA? I'm still waiting for mine. When did you get it?

BaritoneGuy says:

Do a search on here. There is a way to developer unlock your phone for free and then install GDR3. You wont get the Amber firmware update until TMO releases it though. I did this on my ATIV S and have the option.

uCristian says:

yes its a Black feature....on my Black 820

Nope. I use a Samsung Windows Phone and have the feature.

awesumjon says:

925, not here either.

Arpit Mittal says:

me neither Lumia 720 GDR2 & Amber Country India

Flagz says:

925 Amber and I se it thanks!

peachy001 says:

Me either. No emotions settings on my Amber 920. Also, am I the only person that types in landscape? So much easier.

You have to have gdr3

Jakez98 says:

You don't need to have Lumia Black to have that option, but you will need the GDR3 update.

aaa6112 says:

Wasn't aware of #2 and #3. Thanks for sharing!

The .com alternatives are where it's at! 

I agree! I still find it hard to fathom how the virtual keyboard in Windows 8 has as an option ".us" ".org" and ".net" but Windows Phone has ".org" ".edu" and ".net". Windows Phone 8 Keyboard > Windows 8 Keyboard. I would never have thought that Windows Phone was geared more to students than Windows 8.

Sponge920 says:

I wish there was a swype app.

nelson799 says:

Didn't know the swipe for a single number trick. Good to know but I'll probably never remember to use it.

Plazma1 says:

Is it just me or does this swipe number thing not work ... I'm not getting it on my 1020
 

Duffau says:

Works on my 1020.

Plazma1 says:

How? Can anyone show a video of this? I'm on the Rogers variant here. Is this just an American keyboard thing?

Duffau says:

I'll be honest, I'm too lazy to make a video, but I don't see this as something a carrier would go out of their way to remove (like datasense, att). The way I do it is as described in the article. There are 2 number swipe things. The one in the article is where you hold down the &123 key at bottom left (the keyboard changes to numbers and sybmols as soon as you touch the button) and slide your finger over to a number/symbol without picking up your finger. This will allow you to lift your finger on one number/symbol and have the keyboard change back to letters.

Sorry if the instructions are too explicit, I just wanted to state it exactly as I do it and see if you are able to replicate it. The other is just holding down the numbers 1, 2, 3, or 0 in order to see additional options like you do with the vowels for accent marks. Did this work?
 

Sin Ogaris says:

You hold down the button that changes the keyboard to the "number/grammar" display and just move your finger to the number you want. You only lift your finger after it is resting on whatever key you need, when you lift the finger it will select the number and go back to the regular keyboard.

It's an absolutely fantastic addition for getting passwords done quickly.

Jas00555 says:

The keyboard on WP is the best I've ever used on a phone, and I've used all 4 OSes

albogino says:

the best keyboard for me would be physical ones - Nokia E71 or the BB ones.

negative1ne says:

i have a physical keyboard on my windows phone, LG optimus.

it blows touchscreen keyboards out of the water.

not going to part with it for many years, or until a newer

windows phone gets one.

WebColin70 says:

Yes, I would pay a handsome premium and tolerate a slightly thicker phone to add a physical keyboard. No matter how good the touchscreen keyboard, it's just not even in the same league -- much slower, requires looking at the screen to type (no type by feel), poor one-handed typing, etc. I prefer portrait, but either would be better than the touchscreen. My favorite form factor phone ever was the Palm Pre (a portrait slider, like the original Dell Venue Pro running Windows Phone 7, which I've never held, or I might have liked it better than my Pre). I currently use the Lumia 928, but would drop it in heartbeat for a Lumia with a keyboard, as long as it's a high-end phone I can use for business. I'm not willing to go to a crappy phone just to get a keyboard, which sadly seems to be the common pairing.

Duffau says:

4th being blackberry or symbian?
 

CashCanuck says:

I wish there was a way to make the space bar longer. 

All my sentences end,up,looking,like,this.

mkmarine says:

Mine end up being mashed together with b's and n's as the "space".  Likebthisnandbthis

Oxymoron428 says:

+1 on the B's and N's in my sentences lol

tk-093 says:

+1 as well.  I seem to just use my right thumb for the space bar and I'm ALWAYS hitting 'b' I don't know if the keyboard is too tall or what...

CashCanuck says:

HAHAH! Ya! totaly forgot about the

'Ok seebyoublater'

MJHNYC says:

'Ok seebyoublater'

Your phone must be in Fat Albert mode.

pookiewood says:

This! Wasn't like that in WinPhn7. Started happening when I got my 920. Dang b's!

glassadam says:

Yep, I'm another one with the b's and n's problem.

olakant says:

I have the same problem, its pretty annoying

cubez says:

Great! I didn't know a couple of these. I specially like the question mark shortcut.

Darren Walsh says:

Is there any way to save my email address in the predictions on top of the keyboard? Hate having to type the full address out every time, so is it possible to add my full email address to word flow ???

Bagsy says:

ish...
You can save the first half, then type the @, then save the second half and add the .com etc.
E.g. (yourname)@(virginmedia).com

Darren Walsh says:

Cool cheers, hopefully it comes in 8.1 ! And hopefully slim shady gets a life and a new name!

jeffaz76 says:

Agreed that there should be way to add email to the word flow. Really it should just be there if you have that account setup on your phone. On my Note 3 my email addresses are there in the auto suggest since day 1. Otherwise I prefer the WP keyboard and WP overall, but that is an annoyance and an inferior aspect on WP's part. It's a pain to enter email all the time on websites on the phone.

Darren Walsh says:

Exactly, you're right, I had it on my Symbian Nokia 701 lol

JohnStrk says:

Yeah this also bothers me having to re-enter it all the time.  I just tried to save my full email address to word flow and it only copied the name and nothing after the @ symbol.

Maybe saving it in One Note or something so you could easily copy/paste it.  

I wish the Me Hub showed my contact info like it does for contacts in the People Hub. That way I could easily grab my e-mail from there.

quikboy says:

Same here. I'm not sure how iOS or Android do it, but I like the idea of the Me hub and would like to see its potential grow. Would love to see everything I post/share all in one place.

maevinj says:

My 928 doesn't seem to be learning my gibberish. On my iphone I could type in tjier and it would know to correct it to their, but my 928 doesn't do that. it gives me some weird off the wall suggetions of what word I was trying to type or nothing at all....

NykoAlly says:

Maybe try resetting your keyboard like in #7.

Kieta says:

My biggest problem is always moving the cursor on a long message that is on one line in a text box. Any shortcuts for that?

l_n says:

Press and hold in the text and then drag the cursor where you want it.

Kieta says:

Yeah but that doesn't work when it's off screen. If I'm at the end of a long message and want to go back to the beginning to proofread it's the hardest thing ever to drag the cursor to the begininng of a one line text box.

l_n says:

It scrolls when you get to the edge of the text, usually. Also, you can drag text boxes to scroll the entire text.

Kieta says:

Thanks, I'll look into the dragging text boxes.

hbjoroy says:

Thanks! Learned a lot today, this tip is a life saver! (along with the 'hold &123' and 'hold .')

2tomtom says:

Didn't know about the swiping. So glad I watched this, almost didn't, but yeah, WP just gets better.

Been a WP user since Nov 2010 and haven't figured out how to add curse words... anyone???

RafRol says:

Did you read tip #7?

#7 doesn't work for curse words. At least never has on my 1520,1020,920, 900 and my HD7

Bagsy says:

I've recently been able to swear without any hassle on Windows Phone. It's been learning all this time! Lately, there's the option to save swear words now too. Yaaay

Where? I still can't save curse words

Bagsy says:

My Amber L720 can't add swear words, but my Black L925 adds them all ;-)

schlubadub says:

Yeah, they're blocked for me too. It's ducking shut :P

Comment of the day!

RobbCab says:

You forgot the best and easiest tip:

8. Don't look at the content of what you're typing. Look at the autocorrect bar and either tap the words as you see them or hit space if it's bolded.

The predictive engine on WP is one of the best I've ever seen and a lot of words only need one or two letters entered before it knows what you mean.

 

Oh and 9: PRACTICE! I know it's old, but go download Text Text Revolution and play a few games when you're bored.

JohnStrk says:

Also nice to know.  Thanks!!

Oxymoron428 says:

Most def! Windows Phone has the best predictive text system of all os'es. The only thing that even rivals it in my opinion is Swype from Android (and windows mobile before it). But swype still doesn't beat it ;)

toph36 says:

It also predicts the next word without even typing a letter based on the prior word.  Simply type "I" and it suggests "have", "think", "am", among many others for the next word in the sentence.  Good stuff!

glassadam says:

I have to be in your heart and soul to keep the peace and security of your life and career development in the world.
^sentence made using WP keyboard predictive wordflow.

ahardin says:

Just watching the autocorrect all the time is a good idea.  I need to train myself to do that.

liteon163 says:

Nice tips.  But the horrible keyboard is what is keeping me from jumping from Android to Windows Phone.  Once Microsoft aloows other keyboards and Swiftkey and/or Swype become available, I'd consider jumping ship.

Bagsy says:

I don't think Microsoft's keyboard would have allowed you to write aloows! ⬅(tried to autocorrect that one)

Oxymoron428 says:

It will, Bagsy. Aloows ⬅ (complete with arrow) :)

Bagsy says:

Aha! But it tries to autocorrect it though...

coip says:

As Robbcab pointed out above, the WP keyboard's predictive text system is the best in the biz and is definitely faster and more accurate than Android's swipe system.

Great deal says:

I have a 920 and a 1020, had iPhones and android phones, perhaps it's the way I type but I find the keyboard really bad, I have way way too many typos. I wish there were 3rd party keyboards available

nelsonecm says:

iOS keyboard is the worst of all, I hate typing in my iPod touch.

glassadam says:

I agree, keyboard kinda sucks and swype would be a very welcome addition.

taymur says:

I feel cool knowing them all! Haha very Monica from friends feeling.

ricardios says:

When typing in a long number is there a way to have the number be arranged like a dialpad instead of all on a single row?

RafRol says:

That right there is one of my pet peeves...

neogodless says:

Good question. And though off topic, this reminds me of my Garmin. So dumb that when it asks for a house number, it shows the number pad, but when it asks for a zip code, it shows the full keyboard with the numbers in a little row at the top. Maybe if I have my localization settings set outside the US, that might make sense, but in the US, I only need numbers! Dial pad would be much faster/easier.

JohnStrk says:

Great tips!  I did not know about Word Flow.  I was wondering why my keyboard would never remember some of the words I use frequently.  Now I can add them and it will remember them.

Thanks for the article!!!

Ben Hanchett says:

Thanks for this. Now can someone do some tips on voice command. Specifically how do you get a punctuation mark by voice and dictate more than one long ass run on sentence. When I say a punctuation name it just types the name...smh.

RafRol says:

Thanks! I didn't know about tip #2. I wish .gov was an option for tip #4.

Aviator72 says:

Ditto on the need for .gov to be an option!

Chef316 says:

Thank you, Mark!

remmo says:

My main concern with WP8 keyboard is that the space bar is too narrow, and that makes me tap the comma instead of space, very frustrating

kwambe5 says:

I have that problem especially when I have an extra language installed. The button to switch languages takes up precious space.

HomeBound12 says:

Exactlly, and not only hat it moves position of comma as well.

Space becomes smaller and you end up hitting comma quite a bit.

With pracice I got better at it but I stll ocasionally hit it.

jammyj77 says:

Very helpful, thankyou......it took less than a second to type this lol

Winnabe says:

Lol! This took me less than the time it took you to type it. :P

Mark Guim says:

lol impossible!

mikemacias says:

Nice! I didn't know about the swiping to numbers and holding .com to get .org etc. Thanks mark.

 

Don't forget about holding down in the text area to place the cursor! (see below)

http://www.themobilefanatics.com/windows-phone-tip-how-to-place-cursor-w...

jammyj77 says:

Thanks for the cursor tip.....nice one!!

quikboy says:

That's amazing! Totally wasn't are of that cursor trick. Thanks for the link.

EchoOne30 says:

It's not pronounced "e-maw-ticons", it's pronounced "e-moe-ticons". Like the word "emotion". These "icons" help us convey "emotion" in text, so they're called "emoticons".

 

That said, some good tips there! Didn't know about the switch back after emoticon, and the swipe to do one letter.

Kieta says:

My daughters pronounce it e-mo-gees...lol

EchoOne30 says:

Your daughters  are talking about something different.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoji

 

TJWINS says:

We need more articles like this!!!

When they do, people usually complain its "old news" though. I haven't seen this site do anything wrong yet. We should appreciate the community!

A few things I didn't know so this helps me. Thanks!

mmar1974 says:

yup... the one thing I use is that since I type in two languajes spanish and english, being able to switch with one click from languaje to languaje and the spell checker as well is priceless!

peteco0403 says:

very nice indeed...but I keep hitting comma instead of space all the time!!!

mikeOmatic says:

I wish they would make the language button swipe only. I have 3 languages installed and to often the language has changed without me noticing it. Swipe would stop me accidently change language.

Dan Hubel says:

now if it would just let me swear instead of something being "ducking cool." I could get my point across a little better.

dmm96452 says:

These are some great tips.

 

I know I may get flamed here because long time WP users are tired of hearing it from former Android users but as good as this keyboard is swype typing is still better.  A year later I still miss it.

lbugnion says:

Also, when you use a different language (like French - Switzerland), the keyboard will show .CH (for Switzerland) and .FR (for France) in addition to .COM, .EDU and .ORG. Very useful.

meg2u says:

I've noticed lately that my keyboard anticipates the next word automatically...(and sometimes without me having to type a letter) after hitting the spacebar! Love it! (Didn't notice that feature until after Lumia Black.)

nasellok says:

Heres a way - maybe support 3rd party keyboards such as Swype, or just build the swype like input into the stock keyboard the way Androidevil did.  Windows 8 is missing some keyboard elements that would really fix some things - particularly on the virtual keyboard for desktop, and Metro - it should be a transparent overlay over the open application / desktop, not completely black background that overtakes the entire screen on an 8" tablet.

jibreezy1982 says:

It has always been there, its on my 521 Amber..

sdreamer says:

That's actually text flow feature.

Pranay1995 says:

If you find keyboard/spacebar narrow, maybe tilting the phone to change the orientation of the keyboard might help, but its not supported by all apps. But sometimes typing that way seems weird.

gsinghal2 says:

This is probably an unrelated tip which most of you already know, but i found out only recently.
I used to hate the 2-clicks required to call someone from my call history, but if you click on the little phone icon next to the number on your call history, it calls the number right away :)

jibreezy1982 says:

The only thing I miss from Android is swype

sdreamer says:

Double tap shift for caps lock I think might be faster than tap and hold. Oh Japanese keyboard also has more ASCII emoticons. We just need shortcuts like IOS has.

interopbyt says:

It seems my Trophy was better than my 822 in terms of the keyboard. Maybe because of the bigger screen?

glassadam says:

Screw the keyboard, it sucks for me. I've recently gotten try Swype on android and it is a revelation. WP needs to enable third-party keyboards. I will be switching if this isn't in the cards, it's that big a deal breaker for me. :(

I switched from Windows Phone to Android about a year ago and any kind of swype, trace, flow, whatever keyboards lose their charm after a while. The really cool keyboards for Android are Fleksy and Minuum. Fleksy is basically the BB10 keyboard while Minnuum is a whole other ball game.

glassadam says:

Interesting. Well I'd just like a choice to try other keyboards, swype or anything else, because the keyboard we've got isn't friendly to my fingers.

We need way to remove emotions button. I don't use, and without it the space bar will be largest!

Great tips!

I think the keyboard is rather intuitive, and i love the size of the keys.

I do have an odd issue - on my English (UK) keyboard the "i" doesn't auto capitalise... I can get it to work on the US kb though...

Any help for the British keyboard?

djSupport says:

That is the most serious effing problem on WP the i i i i i i it worked on WP 7 yet i look like a child because i get fed up of changing the I's and so get i!

the925guy says:

Hold caps and move to I

Sin Ogaris says:

Shouldn't have to, if you press i and then press space, there should not be a predictive keyboard in the World that doesn't capitalise it for you. It just makes no sense that this isn't included.

Dadstar0410 says:

My 8X STILL has the bug where holding and sliding to the punctuation marks isn't accurate. When I hold and swipe over to the ? key, the selector highlights ! or - instead.

spaulagain says:

Oh damn, that swipe &123 to the character you want is awesome!!

I agree. The most agravating thing about this keyboard is the lack of easy access to the apostrophy! Now I can make nouns possessive with the swipe of my thumb! Mwuhaha

nez99 says:

Holy shit that is so helpful thanks!

jkrc717 says:

I'm not good at typing on these phones. My problem is the space bar might be too small. I'm always hitting commas. 

Thank you. This is the best deal I have ever made XD $1.00 for the app worth me a whole year Skype premium membership, a lot of free apps and valuable tips and information. Thank you again!

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