Typing on mobile phone using keyboard is far easier than on a touch screen. When I was using the BlackBerry Torch 9800, I use to type a whole blog post (between 300 – 500 words) on my phone using the WordPress for BlackBerry software. But after I bought my first android phone things were never the same, I could not even reply to chats easily talk less of writing a full blog post. So I started using my pc again to update my blog but later realized that I must get used to typing on touch screen since I’m falling more and more in love with my new smartphone.
After consulting my friends who are old termers with the touch screen phones (mostly iphone and ipad), my typing speed and accuracy increased and I’m now getting used to it. In this article I’m sharing with you some few tips that helped made typing easier for me.
- Sentence Ending Shortcut: This shortcut saved me a lot of time. It enables me to quickly end a sentence and begin a new one by taping the space bar twice. The shortcut automatically adds a full-stop and a space at the end of the sentence then capitalizes the next letter typed. To enable this shortcut on your mobile phone, locate the keyboard settings of the phone and enable capitalization and the shortcut functionalities.
- Caps Lock Shortcut: On normal circumstances I use to press the shift key to type a capital letter, this consumes a lot of my time when writing a whole sentence in this format since I’m to press the shift key before pressing every single letter. I later learnt that by double clicking the shift key it enables the caps lock to work throughout until I stop it by clicking the shift key once. This was the coolest tip I’ve learnt so far.
- Changing Layout: When typing the normal way, the on-screen keyboard is somehow broad and I always find it hard writing a complete word without a typo. For example, when typing the letter “u” I mistakenly type the letters close it, either “y” or “I”. To avoid this type of error, try changing the layout of your mobile phone to landscape and you will notice the on-screen keyboard would appear wider than its older state.
- Enable Learn Words: One of tips I found very helpful is enabling the Learn Words functionality on the on-screen keyboard. With this feature enabled, you would not be having problem with auto-correct again and again when the typed word is not available on the keyboard dictionary. Any word you typed that is new to the dictionary and insist it’s correct, it will automatically be added. For example, my phone keyboard dictionary recognizes words like Yakake, Sai anjima, Lafiya kalau etc which all of them are my native language. To activate this functionality, click the Settings key on your on-screen keyboard, navigate to Quick text settings and Tick on the Learn words functionality.
I hope you find the above tips helpful. Do you have any tip in mind? Why not share it with us using the comment form? That would be great if you kindly do so.