If there’s one app you depend on greater than every other in your telephone, it is most likely the app that controls your on-screen keyboard.

It’s a humorous form of realization, I notice — ‘trigger a keyboard is not usually one thing you even take into consideration opening in any conventional sense. I imply, heck, keyboard apps do not even normally have icons within the Android app drawer! They’re virtually invisible, not less than by way of the way in which we have a tendency to consider apps.

But each time you faucet out textual content into your gadget, you’d higher imagine it is the keyboard app you are utilizing. And you’d higher imagine there’s extra to your telephone’s keyboard than what you see on the floor.

Especially in terms of Google’s Gboard — the default “stock” keyboard for Android, as a platform — there are tons of helpful and fascinating shortcuts that may prevent time and make your textual content inputting simpler, extra environment friendly, and simpler. And odds are, you’ve got by no means realized most of ’em exist.

So let’s change that, we could? Here are some excellent out-of-sight choices that’ll convey a turbo enhance to your Gboard typing expertise and show you how to keep additional productive when working out of your telephone.

Gboard shortcut #1: Careful cursor management

Ever end up within the midst of typing an e mail or a chat message after which notice it’s worthwhile to add or change one thing a number of characters again? We’ve all been there — and making an attempt to get that tiny on-screen cursor precisely the place you need it will possibly drive even probably the most affected person individual positively batty.

Well, Gboard has a hidden reply: Just contact your finger to the house bar, and — with out lifting it up — slide it to the left or proper. That’ll transfer your cursor accordingly and allow you to place it wherever it is wanted.


If sliding on the house bar would not do something for you, do not panic: Just faucet the gear-shaped icon inside Gboard’s higher row (or if you happen to do not see that icon within the keyboard’s prime row, faucet the three-dot menu icon inside that very same space and then discover the gear icon within the bigger menu that comes up). Within the keyboard’s settings, choose “Glide typing” and ensure the toggle subsequent to “Enable gesture cursor control” is activated and within the on place.

And a bonus tip: If you need even extra exact cursor management, look for an icon that appears like an “I” with arrows on both facet of it in that very same top-bar menu of the keyboard (and if you happen to do not see an “I” there, faucet the three-dot menu icon in that very same space, discover the merchandise labeled “Text Editing,” after which drag it up into the menu bar — sensing a sample right here but?). That’ll provide you with a collection of arrows for positioning the cursor and likewise deciding on, copying, and pasting textual content with precision.

Gboard shortcut #2: Fast character entry

On the floor, Gboard appears to make it barely tough to get to particular characters just like the underscore or the asterisk — however there’s really a super-simple option to discover and entry virtually each quantity or image your language-lovin’ coronary heart might ever want.

All you’ve got gotta do is contact your finger to the “?123” key after which slide it upward throughout the keyboard. You’ll see a display stuffed with numbers and particular characters immediately seem, and you’ll then simply swipe your finger (with out lifting) to the one you need. Once you let go, that character can be inserted into your textual content, and the keyboard will return to its common QWERTY panel.

Gboard Android Keyboard: Characters JR

Some of the symbols — just like the parentheses, for occasion — have much more particular characters embedded inside them. You’ll see an ellipsis (…) on the backside of their keys whenever you slide over them, and if you happen to maintain your finger in place for a second or so, you may see a choice of further associated characters pop up for your sliding-selection pleasure.

Gboard Android Keyboard: Extra characters JR

Another bonus tip: You could make Gboard show all of the essential particular characters inside its foremost keyboard interface, too — within the nook of every letter, similar to you see in my screenshots — so you may know precisely the place to swipe earlier than you start. That’ll additionally provide the possibility of long-pressing any letter to drag up the related image.

To allow that characteristic, head again into Gboard’s settings. Select “Preferences,” then scroll all the way in which down and activate the toggle subsequent to “Long-press for symbols.”

Now all these loopy characters are proper at your fingertips, at any time when and nonetheless you need ’em.

Gboard shortcut #3: Quick capitalization

Whether you are typing out an acronym or simply feeling particularly shouty, there are certain to be instances whenever you need to capitalize a letter past the primary character of a sentence.

And positive sufficient, Gboard has a hidden shortcut that makes that straightforward to do: Touch your finger to the Shift key (the up-facing arrow to the left of the “z”) — and as a substitute of letting go, maintain your finger down and swipe over to no matter letter you need. That letter will come by capitalized, and the keyboard will then robotically change again to lowercase whenever you let go.

Gboard Android Keyboard: Quick cap JR


Gboard shortcut #4: Quick cap after the very fact

Capitalizing as you sort is ok and dandy, however typically, you do not notice it’s worthwhile to change a phrase’s case till after you’ve got entered it into an e mail, a doc, or a Very Important Business-Related Message.

Well, guess what? Gboard’s obtained a secret shortcut for that state of affairs, too: When you are working with any method of textual content in your telephone, double-tap the phrase you need to regulate to pick out and spotlight it. Then hit the Shift button — the identical up-facing arrow on to the left of the “z” key we had been simply speaking a couple of second in the past. The first time you faucet it, the phrase you highlighted will turn into Sentence Case. Tap it once more, and it will go into ALL CAPS. And faucet it yet another time, and your phrase will shift again into all lowercase letters.

Gboard Android Shortcuts: Shift Quick Cap JR

Case closed.

Gboard shortcut #5: Speedy deleting

Look, all of us make errors (sure, even yours turly). With Gboard, you possibly can erase an error — or possibly simply one thing your higher judgment tells you to not say — with the swipe of a finger.

First, head again into Gboard’s settings, look beneath “Glide typing,” and ensure “Enable gesture delete” is activated. Now, whenever you need to erase a phrase or a number of phrases, contact your finger to the Backspace key (the important thing to the appropriate of “m”) and instantly slide it towards the left. The farther you slide it, the extra phrases that’ll be highlighted and chosen. If you choose too a lot, no worries: Just slide that improbable little fingie of yours again towards the appropriate a nib.

When you are all set, merely raise up your finger — and say “hocus pocus” for good measure, if you happen to’re feeling merry — and whoosh: Your undesirable phrases can be gone just like the wind.

(*12*) JR

The key right here, by the way in which, is to do a lengthy-slide gesture — sliding and holding your finger down, in different phrases, as you possibly can see within the picture above. For ages, I could not get this one to work constantly as a result of my intestine intuition was to flick my finger to the left. And take my phrase for it: Doing that will not accomplish something apart from making you are feeling like a nit.

Gboard shortcut #6: The instant-erase fail-safe

Being in a position to erase numerous phrases directly is an superior energy to wield — and like every superior energy, it is all too straightforward to misuse once in a while. If you ever erase a big chunk of textual content (utilizing the shortcut we simply mentioned) after which notice you deleted greater than you wished, don’t be concerned: There’s a easy option to get your phrases again.

After you’ve got obliterated a collection of letters utilizing Gboard’s slide-to-erase shortcut, look within the suggestion bar straight above the keyboard. Everything you erased will seem there — however solely briefly, till you begin to sort one thing else.

Gboard Android Keyboard: Erase restore JR

In truth, I also have a enjoyable little mnemonic gadget you should use to be sure to always remember this risk. Just memorize this essential phrase: If I erase one thing by mistake, like a dim-witted chucklehead, I’ll look above the keyboard shortly after which faucet the textual content to revive it.

Catchy, no?

Gboard shortcut #7: The mistaken phrase remover

Swipe-based typing generally is a actual time-saver — however regardless of how good a keyboard is at decoding your swipes, it is often gonna get a phrase mistaken. The subsequent time that occurs, bear in mind this: Gboard has a hidden command for shortly eradicating inaccurately interpreted phrases in its gesture typing system.

When you are swiping and a phrase seems that is not what you really wished, faucet Gboard’s Backspace key as soon as. That’ll erase the whole phrase in a single fell swoop, after which you possibly can swipe it out once more (or possibly simply manually peck it in) to get it proper.

If that does not work the primary time you strive it, march your manner again into Gboard’s settings. Open up the “Text correction” part, then make certain the toggle subsequent to “Undo auto-correct on backspace” is within the on place.

And talking of that part of Gboard’s settings…

Gboard shortcut #8: Smarter spacing

This one’s really a double-whammy. First, take notice: By default, Gboard will usually insert a interval adopted by an area anytime you press the house bar twice. Good to know, proper?

But you recognize what Gboard would not do by default? It would not robotically insert an area whenever you put in your personal punctuation. That means if you happen to sort a interval, a query mark, or every other pretty sentence-ending image, you then must hit the house bar your self with a view to have that correct formatting seem. Pshaw, I say! Such wasted effort. If there’s one spectacular option to save your self time, it is by plucking cumbersome little steps like that out of the equation.

And concern not, my finger-tapping teammate, for Gboard has simply the plucking option to do it: Within the “Text correction” space of the app’s settings, look for an unassuming possibility referred to as “Autospace after punctuation.” It’s been listed as being in beta for so long as I can bear in mind, oddly sufficient, nevertheless it works constantly effectively in my expertise. Tap it to activate it, then save your self the trouble of getting to manually hit that house bar each time you sort a punctuation mark.

Hey, all these saved seconds add up quick.

Gboard shortcut #9: Suggestion management

Gboard’s next-word predictions — y’know, these phrases that present up within the suggestion bar atop the keyboard and attempt to guess what you wanna say subsequent — aren’t infallible. In truth, they’re often off the mark. Sometimes outrageously so.

If Gboard predicts one thing you’ll by no means say and do not need to see instructed once more — possibly even one thing you typed by mistake prior to now and inadvertently saved into the app’s robot-brain data — you possibly can maintain the keyboard from ever providing it up once more with a easy hidden shortcut: Press and maintain the instructed phrase whenever you see it in Gboard’s prime bar. That’ll trigger a trash can icon to look above the keyboard, and all you’ve got gotta do from there may be drag your finger as much as that trash can and let go to ship the phrase away eternally.

Gboard Android Keyboard: Remove Suggestion JR

Good riddance.

Gboard shortcut #10: Substitution smarts

We’ve all obtained these inventory phrases we use again and again and again and again. And over. (For me, the phrase in query is clearly “and over.”) Well, would not ya comprehend it, Gboard can prevent time by storing your favourite phrases after which pulling ’em up on demand everytime you enter a predefined shortcode.

For occasion, you would possibly set it in order that typing zgot pulls up the phrase “Got it. Thanks. Will look at this soon.” — or in order that typing zad pulls up your full mailing handle. You might even set two hyphens () to drag up the properly formatted em sprint () or set the letters tm to drag up the superscript . Nifty, no?

For ages, this characteristic did not work correctly on Gboard — however in some unspecified time in the future, the great ol’ gang from Google obtained round to fixin’ it. So go give it a whirl: First, open up Gboard’s settings, faucet “Dictionary,” then faucet “Personal dictionary” adopted by your language of alternative (e.g. “English (United States),” “English (Canada),” “Parseltongue (Hogwarts),” and many others).

Next, faucet the plus signal within the upper-right nook. Then, within the first discipline that seems, sort within the phrase or phrase you need Gboard to recollect. In the second discipline, sort within the shortcode you need to use to drag the phrase up. Be positive to give you one thing that is comparatively quick, straightforward to recollect, and never extremely widespread in day-to-day use (so you do not set off it inadvertently, while typing bizarre issues).

Gboard Android Keyboard: Text Sub JR

And that is it: Whenever you sort within the shortcode you created, your saved phrase or phrase will seem because the centermost suggestion in Gboard’s prime bar. All you’ve got gotta do is faucet it, then take a second to marvel on the step-saving magic you carried out.

Gboard Android Keyboard: Text sub (2) JR

Just do not marvel for too lengthy, you foolish gibbon, otherwise you’ll lose out on all that picked-up time.

A bonus: You may pin generally used phrases into Gboard’s built-in clipboard, in order for you a extra visible option to maintain your favourite expressions a number of finger faucets away. Look for the clipboard-shaped icon within the keyboard’s higher row (or faucet that three-dot icon throughout the prime row to search out it after which drag it up into that space, if it is not already there) to get began.

Gboard shortcut #11: Custom keyboard floating

Got an enormous ol’ telephone? With plus-sized units specifically, shifting your on-screen keyboard right into a floating one-handed mode could make textual content enter infinitely simpler at instances. But you may not all the time need to have your keyboard sized down and docked to 1 facet of the display.

So do that: If you need your Gboard keyboard to shift over to the left facet of the display, press and maintain the comma key after which slide your finger barely to the appropriate to pick out the icon that appears like a hand on a field. Let go, and bam: Your keyboard can be shrunken down and docked on the left.

Gboard Android Keyboard: Float left JR

If you need it to go to the appropriate facet, press and maintain the Enter key for a second (whereas the keyboard is in its regular, full-width place) after which let go. And by golly, wouldya have a look at that?

Gboard Android Keyboard: Float right JR

Either manner you do it, you will get the keyboard again to its regular measurement and normal place by tapping the highest icon within the sidebar space — the one which exhibits 4 arrows pointing towards the corners of the display. You may shortly flip the keyboard from one facet of the display to the opposite by hitting the left- or right-facing arrow in that very same space, and if you wish to transfer Gboard to a particular a part of your show — barely extra to the left or proper and even greater up on the display — faucet the icon that exhibits an arrow inside a pair of bins. That’ll allow you to manually regulate the keyboard and place it wherever you need.

Gboard shortcut #12: Fraction motion

Hey! You! Wanna speak fractions with out losing your time? Of course you do! Well, have I ever obtained excellent news for you: Finding fancily formatted fractions on Gboard is definitely fairly straightforward, supplied you recognize the key.

Here it’s: Simply long-press any quantity in Gboard. That’ll trigger a pop-up to look with an inventory of widespread fractions involving the determine.

Android Keyboard Shortcuts: Fractions JR

And yet another bonus: This shortcut will work by first tapping the “?123” key after which long-pressing a quantity — or through the use of the swipe-to-get-a-number trick defined in shortcut #2, above. In the latter case, simply contact and maintain the “?123” key and slide your finger to no matter quantity you need. Let your finger relaxation on that quantity for a second or so, and any out there fractions will robotically seem.

Lemme inform ya: With shortcuts like these, it is by no means been simpler to see the glass ½ full.

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