Using the onscreen keyboard

Using the onscreen keyboard

When you start an app or select a field that requires text or numbers, the onscreen keyboard becomes available. After entering your text, you can tap or press BACK to close the onscreen keyboard.

Selecting a keyboard layout

You can choose from three different keyboard layouts to suit your typing style.
  1. From the Home screen, press MENU, and then tap Settings > Language & keyboard > Touch Input.
  2. Tap Keyboard types, and then select the keyboard layout that you want to use. Choose one 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.
Shift key. Tap to enter an uppercase letter. Tap twice to turn on caps lock.
Tap to switch to the numeric and symbol keyboard.
Enter key. Tap to create a new line.
Backspace key. Tap to delete the previous character.
Language key. The key you see depends on the keyboard language you are currently using. Tap to switch to another keyboard language. You can also access onscreen keyboard settings.
Tap to toggle between Multitap and XT9 predictive modes when using the Compact QWERTY or Phone keypad layout.
Tap to hide the onscreen keyboard.

Enabling multiple keyboard languages

If there are multiple keyboard languages available on your phone, you can choose which languages to enable in the onscreen keyboard so that you can switch to these languages and use them to enter text.
  1. From the Home screen, press MENU, and then tap Settings > Language & keyboard > Touch Input.
  2. Tap International keyboard.
  3. Choose the languages you want.
    Note: Available languages depend on the region where you purchased the phone.

Changing to the landscape onscreen keyboard

When entering text, you can choose to use the landscape orientation of the onscreen keyboard. Turn your phone sideways to use a larger keyboard for easy typing.
  • Select the Auto-rotate screen check box in HOME > MENU > Settings > Display to allow the screen orientation to automatically change.
  • The landscape orientation keyboard is not supported in all apps.
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