We all know that typing can be frustrating at times - dealing with typos, long words, and the inevitable autocorrect fails. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you get Microsoft SwiftKey set up and working seamlessly.
- Customizing Microsoft SwiftKey
- Personalizing and backing up your words
- Customizing your keyboard
1 - Customizing Microsoft SwiftKey
One of our top tips to get Microsoft SwiftKey working for you is to really get to know your way around the Toolbar and Settings - i.e. the command centre.
Toolbar is designed to be the home for all of the content and features you use most often.
Toolbar is easily accessible from your SwiftKey Keyboard. Just tap the icon to the left of the prediction bar to open/expand Toolbar.
For more detailed information on Toolbar please see this article.
Many of the settings you'll use on a day-to-day basis can be found in Toolbar. But for complete control you'll want to open the Microsoft SwiftKey Settings proper.
- Tap the three dots ... then the 'Settings' icon.
- Open the Microsoft SwiftKey app directly from your device.
Within these settings, you’ll be able to really fine-tune Microsoft SwiftKey and also set up things such as your language packs/layouts, your sound/vibration options, and your text correction preferences.
2 - Languages
Microsoft SwiftKey supports in excess of 500 languages, so, even if you speak more than one, there’s a good chance we support yours! Also, you can type in up to five languages at once, so this means less frustrations switching and more time spent typing to the ones you love.
First things first, where to download and enable your languages?
- Open the Microsoft SwiftKey app: Tap 'Languages'
- From Toolbar: Tap the three dots ... > select the 'Layouts' icon > tap the 'Globe' icon
You'll be presented with a long list of available languages. Tap on a language to download it.
Any downloaded languages will be enabled by default (up to a maximum of five at once). You'll also be given the option to change your keyboard layout should you so wish.
Setting Language Layout
It may be that you wish to type in German, but with a QWERTY keyboard layout, or in English with a QWERTZ layout.
Once you download a language pack, tap the box underneath to see a list of available layouts and pick the one you want. Alternatively tap the 'Layout' icon found by expanding your Toolbar.
3 - Personalizing and backing up your words
Turbo charge your SwiftKey experience right from the beginning with a Microsoft SwiftKey Account.
Microsoft SwiftKey Account
Your Microsoft SwiftKey Account is a free opt-in service that enhances Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard by leveraging the power of the cloud. As part of this, you can:
- Instantly tailor your predictions to you, by letting Microsoft SwiftKey learn from the way you type on a range of social networks (including Facebook and Twitter).
- Safely store your most used words and sync them across all your devices (never lose your learned words again).
All you need to perform this magic is to:
- Create a Microsoft SwiftKey Account by opening the app from your device.
- Ensure ‘Backup & Sync’ is enabled.
Privacy and Data Security
For further general reading about the Microsoft SwiftKey Account, Personalization and Backup & Sync, please continue here.
4 - Customizing your keyboard
Microsoft SwiftKey offers many options when it comes to customizing your typing experience.
Microsoft SwiftKey not only corrects your typos, but it also predicts your *next* word (i.e. reads your mind!). Your spacebar plays a big role here, you can set it so it does one of the following:
- Always inserts the middle prediction
- Always completes the current word you’re typing
- Always inserts a space (uncheck 'Autocorrect')
Tip: in each case, you’ll still always be able to enter predictions directly from the prediction bar.
These settings can be found in the ‘Typing’ settings page when opening the app from your device.
If you would like to type by seamlessly gliding your finger across the keyboard, then Flow is something you’ll want to check out. If you want to give it a spin, you can do so from the Typing > Gesture input setting page (accessed by opening the app from your device).
Learn more about Flow here.
From the 'Rich input' settings you can also choose whether or not you’d like to enable the voice input key to make voice dictation possible.
You'll also want to check out the ‘Layout & keys’ settings page - accessible by opening the app from your device and tapping Layout & keys. From here you can choose to add options to your keyboard such as:
- Arrow keys
- Number row
- Emoji prediction
- Additional accented characters
In addition you can choose the position of your number pad (top, left or right), and select whether you would like easier access to the enter key or the emoji panel.
For all of you who have a love for precision, you’ll be pleased to know that we also provide you with the option to select your long-keypress duration (i.e. the amount of time you need to press a key to access the secondary key options) - down to the millisecond.
Sound and Vibration
Whether you love or hate the idea of hearing a sound every time you tap a key, you can adjust your keypress sound and vibration settings under ‘Sound & vibration’ in the Microsoft SwiftKey Settings. This includes choosing the volume and duration of the sound/vibration, as well as disabling or enabling.
Want to learn more? Head to our ‘Using the Keyboard’ tutorial.