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- Download Smart Keyboard PRO on your device
- Run the 3-step wizard to enableSmart Keyboard PRO as input method
After installation, you can always long press on “123” key to enterSmart Keyboard PRO settings.
Note for Droid Pro users: due to the presence of a hard keyboard on this phone, the soft keyboard will not show up by default. You need to enable the option “Ignore hard keyboard” inSmart Keyboard PRO advanced option to make the soft keyboard visible in landscape mode.
Once you have installed and successfully enabled the keyboard, you are ready to use it! You will probably want to have a look at the settings (see below) to customize your keyboard, as there are many things you can change!
A key concept to use the keyboard is the long press, which means pressing a key until something special happens. With the default settings, a long press on a letter will input the alternative symbol for that key, which is indicated by the small label at the top of the key: for instance long press the “E” key to get a “3”. With many languages, a long press on a key will display a popup keyboard, which allows you to choose between several alternative symbols; for instance with French layout, a long press on “E” key will display a popup with “3èéêë€”. Just hold and slide your finger to select the desired character. You can also long press the Enter key to display a popup with common smileys (this popup can be customized in the keyboard settings). Another usage of long press is to add words to the user dictionary: you just need to long press the typed word in the suggestion bar (when the “suggestions” option is active) to add it to the dictionary.
Another key concept is the swipe gesture: a swipe gesture consists in sliding your finger quickly across the keyboard: from left to right, top to bottom, etc. You can customize the action corresponding to a gesture in the keyboard settings. By default a swipe from top to bottom will close the keyboard, but you can change it.
Another very powerful feature of the keyboard is the custom AutoText. An AutoText is a shortcut which will replace any typed word (or even a single letter) with something else. You need to go to the keyboard settings to define your own AutoText shortcuts. You can use AutoText for many things:
– replace “u” by “you”, or “cu” by “see you later” for instance
– create a signature for your emails (you can even put carriage returns in an autotext)
– insert the current date, with the “%d” macro (see details below for available macros)
– correct common typos, for instance you can replace “food” by “good” (the dictionary algorithm will never do that automatically otherwise, as “food” is a valid word”). It can be seen as a way of removing words from the builtin dictionary. You can even set up a custom autotext to replace “lol” by “lol”, which will prevent auto-correction of “lol” to “LOL”.
– access symbols more easily: for instance you can define an autotext to replace “h” by “_”, to type underscores without going to the symbols panel
– redefine the default letter when using the T9 layout. For instance you can define an autotext to replace “t” by “u,” so that “u” becomes the default choice when you press the “tuv” key in T9
Entering the settings
There are two ways of entering BabelType settings:
- From the keyboard itself: long press the 123 key
- From the Android home screen, press the Menu key, choose “Settings”, then “Language & keyboard” (or “Locale & text” for Android < 2.0), and select “BabelType” settings
See the Settings Reference for a complete description of all the settings.