Android Tip: Swipe Up To Extend The Keyboard

Commenter seguetonowhere points out a useful Android keyboard feature I missed in my Froyo rundown: if you swipe your finger over the top of the Android 2.2 default keyboard, it extends two more rows to display keys for common punctuation and numbers.

This is a faster way to punctuate and/or add numbers than tapping the ?123 key or tap-and-holding the period key. However, as seguetonowhere points out, parentheses aren't included on the two extra rows of keys in the extension.

It took me a few tries to get the swiping motion just right, and this doesn't work with my favourite alternative swipey keyboard ShapeWriter/Swype/SlideIT. But definitely a must-know for Froyo users who use the default keyboard.

Other keyboard shortcuts: You can swipe to start voice input, configure multiple languages and swipe across the Spacebar to switch between them, tap and hold the dot and .com keys to reveal more choices (like .org, .net, .tv), and tap and hold the : -) key to choose from other emoticons, too.

Thanks, seguetonowhere!

Android Tip: Swipe Up to Extend the Keyboard [Smarterware]


    I've been using swype for a while now, and can't go back to the normal vk anymore. Swype is reallly reallllly good when give it a real go and get the hang of it.

    Only thing I miss though is voice input :(

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