Today’s topic, five PRIV virtual and physical keyboard tips you’ll want to know about!
- Creating custom text shortcuts, aka word substitution
- Customizing keyboard vibration, sound, and key popup settings
- How to delete words using a gesture instead of the backspace key
- How to personalize messages by selecting and inserting Emojis
- How to see the physical keyboard layout when using different languages
- Bonus: Hands-free typing using voice dictation
For example, if I enter ‘homeaddress’ while composing an email or BBM, after I hit the space key, my device will replace ‘homeaddress’ with my address, i.e. 123 Fake St, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada A1B 2C3.#1 – Using word substitution, aka custom text shortcuts
You can create shortcuts for frequently used phrases or information so that when you type the shortcut, the phrase or info is inserted for you automatically.
To review preloaded shortcuts, or to create your own, complete the following steps:
Note: In order to use word substitution you must use the BlackBerry keyboard. If you are using a 3rd party keyboard, switch to the BlackBerry keyboard by going to Settings > Language & input, tapping Current Keyboard and selecting the BlackBerry Keyboard.
- Tap Settings > Language & input > BlackBerry Keyboard Settings
- Tap Prediction and correction > Word Substitution
- Complete one of the following:
- Tap for all languages if you want to use the shortcut in every installed language
- Tap on your current language, i.e. English (Canada) to use the shortcut in that language only
- Tap and enter the following:
- Shortcut: I.e. homeaddress
- Target: I.e. 123 Fake St, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada A1B 2C3
- Optionally check Always use this capitalization
- Tap to save your entry
To learn more about word substitution review the BlackBerry Keyboard user guide.
Within the same menu as this setting there are two other virtual keyboard settings that you may want to consider turning on. The first is having a sound play each time you tap a key, and the second is “Key pop-up” which will show you the key you just tapped briefly so you can ensure you tapped the right key as per the screenshot.
- Tap Settings > Language & input
- Tap BlackBerry Keyboard Settings > Key press feedback
- Complete any of the following;
- Turn on, or off Vibrate
- Turn on, or off Sound
- Turn on, or off Key pop-up
#3 – Delete words by swiping
The next time you need to hit backspace, swipe your finger from right to left on the virtual or physical keyboard, instead, as this will delete a word, or a single character at a time if there is a preceding space.
To delete more than one word or character use two or three fingers and, if you are typing in a right-to-left language, swipe left to right instead.
- Physical keyboard, press and hold followed by tapping
- Virtual keyboard, touch and hold the Period key followed by tapping
After doing this, tap the various emoji icons along the top to change the category and swipe left to see more. To insert the emoji simply tap on it 😀
#5 – Using multiple languages? Show the virtual keyboard when the slider is open
If you are using multiple languages this tip can help switch between keyboards with ease, with the added benefit of the virtual keyboard showing the character key mapping for the physical keyboard when typing in another language.
- Tap Settings > Language & input > Current keyboard
- Turn on the Hardware switch
To learn more about the various keyboard input methods and using multiple languages check out the BlackBerry Keyboard user guide.
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