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
#2 – Virtual keyboard vibration, sound, and key popup By default the virtual keyboard will vibrate whenever you are typing but you can turn this feature off.
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.
To customize these options complete the following:
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.
#4 – How to insert Emojis Inserting emojis so you can personalize messages couldn’t be easier using the steps below:
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
When using the virtual keyboard, to return to the normal keyboard view tap
#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
Bonus: Hands-free typing using voice dictation To type hands-free, instead of using the virtual or physical keyboard, complete the following:
Physical keyboard, press
Virtual keyboard, press and hold the Comma key
When finished, tap on the bottom of your display to close voice dictation
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