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    How do I use Cursor Control on my Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard?

    We've brought cursor control to your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard on Android.

    It will be enabled by default if you only use one language with your SwiftKey Keyboard. Try it out by tapping and holding the spacebar to move the cursor.

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    If you use multiple languages, cursor control will need to be turned on first; this setting can be found in your ‘Typing’ menu.

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    If you were previously an arrow keys user, it should be noted cursor control performs the same function and has the added benefit of saving screen space too.

    If you don't see the cursor control option, please ensure you've downloaded the latest Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard update from the Google Play Store.

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    How to enable keypress sounds on your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard

    You can customise your keyboard experience even further by enabling keypress sounds.

    There are four keypress sound profiles in total to choose from: ‘Modern’, ‘Android’, ‘Traditional’ and ‘Blip’.

    To select your sound simply:

    1. Open the Microsoft SwiftKey app
    2. Select 'Sound & Vibration'
    3. Ensure 'Keypress sound volume' is turned on
    4. From the 'Keypress sound profile' options, select the sound of your choosing

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    How do I change the sounds or vibrations that my Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard makes?

    You can turn sounds on and off, turn haptic (vibration) feedback on and off, change the sound your keypress makes and the length of vibration. 

    To access 'Sound & Vibration' settings:

    1. Open the Microsoft SwiftKey app from your device
    2. Tap 'Sound & Vibration'

    To change volume or vibration:

    1. Check or uncheck 'Keypress sound volume' or 'Keypress vibration'
    2. Change volume or strength of vibration using the sliders

    To change the keypress sound:

    1. Check or uncheck 'Keypress sound volume'
    2. Choose a new keypress sound profile from the four on offer: ‘Modern’, ‘Android’, ‘Traditional’ and ‘Blip’.

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    How to use Microsoft SwiftKey with physical/external Bluetooth keyboards on Android

    Microsoft SwiftKey works with some physical (Bluetooth) keyboards, but with hundreds of different models available functionality will vary.

    Once you've successfully paired your keyboard to your device you'll be able to access the physical keyboard settings from within Microsoft SwiftKey.

    1. How to pair your Bluetooth keyboard
    2. How to change physical keyboard layout settings
    3. Language settings
    4. How to configure Physical Keyboard settings
    5. How to use Keyboard shortcuts
    6. Troubleshooting

    1 - How to pair your Bluetooth keyboard

    1. Enable Bluetooth on your device
    2. Power on your physical keyboard
    3. Open your 'Bluetooth' settings and tap on the keyboard you want to add. You might be asked to type a code on your keyboard to confirm the pairing.
    4. After a successful pairing, a Notification may appear that prompts you to configure the keyboard. If this doesn't happen you can go your device's 'Languages & Input' menu and tap 'Physical keyboard'. You'll need this to set your language settings as explained below.

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    2 - Change physical keyboard layout settings

    Your physical keyboard doesn't inherit your Microsoft SwiftKey layout settings. Instead you have to set them separately.

    To do this:

    1. Open your device's 'Settings' menu. Now look for 'Languages & Input' (depending on your model this might be worded slightly differently). 
    2. Select 'Physical Keyboard'.
    3. Find your keyboard model, and tap on 'Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard'.
    4. Choose the layout you want your physical keyboard to type with. 

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    3 - Language settings

    You're still able to select up to five languages for use through the Microsoft SwiftKey 'Languages' menu.

    While typing you can switch between languages by either:

    • Tapping the 'Globe' icon and selecting a language from the list

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    Or

    • On your physical keyboard press 'Ctrl+Shift' to cycle through your available options

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    4 - Configure Physical Keyboard settings

    Microsoft SwiftKey also has its own 'Physical keyboard' settings. To access these, either:

    1. Open the Microsoft SwiftKey app from your device
    2. Tap 'Typing'
    3. Adjust the physical keyboard settings as necessary

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    5 - Keyboard shortcuts

    We've added a number of keyboard shortcuts to Microsoft SwiftKey when using an external keyboard.

    • Press 'Ctrl+up/down' arrow key to expand/shrink the prediction bar when using Asian languages.
    • Press 'Ctrl' followed by a number (1-9) to insert the respective prediction.
    • Press 'Ctrl+Shift' to switch between languages

    From Android 7.0 onwards your device will also have its own selection of shortcuts available. To see a full list tap on the 'Keyboard shortcuts helper' prompt in the Android Keyboard assistance menu.

    6 - Troubleshooting

    If your Bluetooth keyboard experience looks different or your keyboard shortcuts aren't working, please ensure you're using the latest version of Microsoft SwiftKey available in the Google Play Store.

    To hide the onscreen Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard please see this article.

    Using a BlackBerry? These keyboards don't fall into our Bluetooth/physical keyboard classification and therefore can't be used in this way.

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    How do I stop my Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard from inserting predictions?

    To turn off autocorrection, follow the below steps:

    1. Open your Microsoft SwiftKey app
    2. Tap 'Typing' 
    3. Uncheck 'Quick prediction insert' and/or 'Autocorrect'

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    Please note this will not turn off the prediction bar. 

    Read more: Can I turn off the Microsoft SwiftKey prediction bar?

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    What happens when I press the spacebar on my Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard?

    Within your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard, there are three available options with regards to how the spacebar functions.

    1. (No autocorrect selected) Spacebar will always insert a space – This means that pressing the spacebar will not affect your predictions or what you are typing. It will simply function as a spacebar. Your words will not be corrected or completed unless you tap the prediction buttons.

    2. (Autocorrect selected) Spacebar will complete the current word– Selecting this option means that pressing spacebar when typing a word will automatically enter the middle prediction. If you are not currently typing, then spacebar will simply enter a space, or a period if a space is already present (uncheck 'Quick period' to disable this). 

    3. (Auto insert prediction selected) Spacebar will always insert a prediction – Selecting this option means that pressing spacebar always enters the middle word prediction (plus one space), including next words. The option will never enter a space alone. 

    To change the function of your spacebar (adjust your autocorrection settings), please follow the below steps.

    1. Open your Microsoft SwiftKey app
    2. Tap 'Typing'

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    How do I turn off Autocaps in my Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard?

    You can turn Autocaps on and off by following the below instructions:

    1. Open your Microsoft SwiftKey app
    2. Tap 'Typing'
    3. Check/uncheck the Auto capitalize option

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    How do I turn the number row on/off in Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard for Android?

    To turn your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard number row on / off:

    1. Open your SwiftKey app
    2. Tap 'Layout & keys'
    3. Check/uncheck ‘Number Row’ 

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    Your keyboard will then look like this:

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    We show the number row at the top of your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard. But when you tap the 123 key to access your second keyboard pane the number row is also present.

    On this second keyboard pane it's possible to customise the position of the number row. To do this, simply:

    1. Open your SwiftKey app
    2. Tap 'Layout & keys'
    3. Tap 'Number position in number & symbols layout'
    4. Choose between 'Top', 'Left' (Numpad), or 'Right' (Numpad).

    Numpad shown in right position below:

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    How do I use Voice to Text with Microsoft SwiftKey on Android?

    Voice recognition is turned on by default. Your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard utilizes Google Voice technology to power this feature. 

    To access Voice to Text (also known as Voice Recognition/Text to speech/Voice Input) please follow the steps below. 

    1. Open the Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard in your desired app
    2. Long press the comma/microphone button to the left of the spacebar and begin speaking

    If you'd like to turn this off please follow the below steps.

    1. Open Microsoft SwiftKey
    2. Tap 'Rich input'
    3. Uncheck 'Voice input' 

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    My Voice to Text doesn't work!

    Google has integrated its 'Google Voice' technology into the main 'Google' app.

    If you find yourself unable to initialise voice dictation, please visit the Google Play Store and download (or update) the Google app.


    Adjust your Google Voice settings 

    Within the Google app you'll discover numerous options that allow you to fine-tune your Google Voice experience.

    For example:

    • You can specify which languages you'd like to use with voice recognition.
    • Voice recognition primarily requires an internet connection, but it's possible to download languages for offline recognition.
    • Offensive words are blocked by default.

    To access these settings:

    1. Open the Google app
    2. Tap the 'hamburger' menu (indicated by three lines)
    3. Tap 'Settings'
    4. Select 'Voice'

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    Note: Unfortunately the accuracy of the words generated when using voice to text is not controlled by Microsoft SwiftKey, and not based on our predictions.

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    Does Microsoft SwiftKey replace double spaces with a period/full-stop?

    In Microsoft SwiftKey you have the option to enable 'Quick period', which means that double-tapping the spacebar will insert a period followed by a space.

    If you have selected the 'Auto insert prediction' setting, then repeatedly hitting the spacebar will continue to insert the middle prediction.

    You can edit these settings in the following way:

    1. Open Microsoft SwiftKey
    2. Tap 'Typing'
    3. Toggle the 'Quick period' setting on or off

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