Basics

Keyboard tips

Tap anywhere you can type on your Windows Phone and the keyboard appears automatically, with keys designed to help you do whatever you're doing. For example, if you're typing an email address in an email message, the keyboard includes keys for @ and .com.

Your phone also offers Word Flow—you get text suggestions as you type, and sometimes the phone even corrects your typing for you, so it's easy to type quickly and accurately even if you don't always tap the right character on the first try.

Here are some tips for using Latin keyboards.

Keyboard overview

Keyboard that appears when you're typing a message, with callouts for shift, numbers, emoticons, return, and delete keys.

To find numbers and symbols

When you tap the Numbers and symbols key Number and symbol key, you'll see:

  • 0—9
  • common punctuation
  • common symbols
Number and symbol keyboard

Tip

In Messaging, if you tap the Numbers and symbols key Number and symbol key from the To line, you'll get a dial pad so you can easily type a phone number.

To find more symbols

Can't find the symbol you're looking for? Tap More More key from the numbers keyboard to show more symbols, including foreign currency symbols, mathematical symbols, and a few other useful ones.

Keyboard with more symbols

To find still more symbols

Some of the symbol keys can bring up yet more symbols. Tap and hold to see more options. For example, if you tap and hold the left parentheses key (, you'll see left angle bracket <, left brace {, and left square bracket [, too. Or tap and hold the $ key to see more options for currency symbols.

To quickly add a symbol without changing the keyboard view

If you only need to add one symbol or number, you don't have to switch between keyboards.

  1. Tap and hold the Numbers and symbols key Number and symbol key.

  2. Keep your finger on the screen, then move your finger to the number or symbol you want to add. Take your finger off the screen to type that character.

To add common punctuation quickly

You can tap and hold the period key to bring up some of the most common punctuation options. The options differ depending on which keyboard language you're using.

To use emoticons (smiley faces and pictures)

When you're typing an email or text message, your keyboard offers many traditional emoticons and hundreds of new pictures. You'll find pictures of all sorts of things: food, cars, toilets... you name it. Tap the Happy face Emoticon key to show the tabs for various emoticon themes, and then start exploring.

Tip

Using emoticons and want to type faster? In the App list, go to Settings, then tap Keyboard > Advanced and select the Switch back to letters after I type an emoticon check box. When this option is selected, the keyboard will automatically go back to letters after you type an emoticon. (This feature is only available on phones that have Windows Phone software version 8.0.10501.127 or later. See How do I update my phone software? for more info on updating your phone.)

Keyboard with emoticons

To find @ and .com

When you're doing something that requires an email address, like setting up an account or addressing a message, you'll find the @ and .com keys right on the main keyboard page.

Keyboard with @ and .com

If you're typing somewhere that doesn't bring up these keys, you can tap the Numbers and symbols key Number and symbol key to find the @ symbol.

To quickly add a common extension (like .org or .net)

Tap and hold the .com key to bring up the other common extensions to add to an email address, or when you're typing an Internet address while browsing.

To turn on Caps Lock

Tap and hold or double-tap the Shift key Shift key. Tap it again to turn it off.

To add accents to letters

There are two ways to add accents in the words you type:

  • Automatically — For many words, your phone will realize when a word requires an accent and add it for you.
  • Tap and hold — Tap and hold any letter that can include an accent, and all of the possible accents for that letter appear. Tap the one you want to add.

To place your cursor where you want it

If you want to place your cursor in the middle of some text you've already written, tap and hold the screen near the text you want to change until a cursor appears, then drag your finger to move the cursor exactly where you want it.

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