Using the onscreen keyboard

Using the onscreen keyboard

When you start a program or select a field that requires text or numbers, the onscreen keyboard becomes available.

Selecting a keyboard layout

You can choose from three different keyboard layouts to suit your typing style.

  1. On the onscreen keyboard, tap .
  2. Tap Keyboard types, and then select the keyboard layout that you want to use. Choose from the following:
    QWERTY This layout is similar to a desktop computer keyboard. This is the default keyboard layout.
    Phone Keypad This layout resembles the traditional mobile phone keypad.
    Compact QWERTY This layout features two letters on each key. The key size is slightly bigger than on the Full QWERTY layout.

Entering text

Use the following keys while entering text using the onscreen keyboard:
Press and hold keys with gray characters at the top to enter numbers, symbols, or accented letters. The gray character displayed on the key is the character that will be inserted when you press and hold that key. Some keys have multiple characters or accents associated with them.
This is the Shift key. Tap to enter an uppercase letter. The next letter you type will be uppercase. Tap twice to turn on caps lock.
Tap to switch to the numeric and symbol keyboard.
This is the Enter key. Tap to create a new line.
This is the Backspace key. Tap to delete the previous character.
Tap to hide the onscreen keyboard.
Tap to open the Touch Input settings menu to change the keyboard type, enable or disable predictive mode in the QWERTY keyboard, and adjust other input settings.
Tap to toggle between Multitap and XT9 predictive modes when using the Compact QWERTY or Phone keypad layout. For more information, see Entering words with predictive text.

Changing to the landscape onscreen keyboard

When entering text, you can choose to use the landscape orientation of the onscreen keyboard.

  • The Orientation check box in HOME > MENU > Settings > Sound & display needs to be selected for the screen orientation to automatically change.
  • The landscape orientation keyboard is not supported in all applications.
Turn the phone sideways to use a larger keyboard that lets you type easily using two thumbs.
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