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  • How do I turn the number row on/off on Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS?

    From Microsoft SwiftKey 2.5.0 it is now possible to show a number row on the keyboard.

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    To turn the Microsoft SwiftKey number row on or off:

    1. Open your Microsoft SwiftKey app
    2. Tap 'Settings'
    3. Tap 'Number row' to turn the feature on or off

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    Note: The number row will be off by default.

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  • iPhone XR cursor control

    Due to Apple removing support for 3D Touch on the iPhone XR, cursor control no longer works on Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard.

    If your device supports 3D Touch it is possible to trigger cursor control by pressing down firmly in the keyboard area.

    On iPhones without 3D Touch, cursor control can be triggered by long pressing the spacebar.

    For both methods, you can then move your finger to reposition the cursor.

    Note: On Microsoft SwiftKey we use the spacebar to switch between different languages and layouts. Therefore, if using the spacebar, it is not possible to invoke cursor control if more than one layout is selected in your Language settings.

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  • Can I use voice to text with my Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard on iOS?
    1. How do I use Voice Typing?
    2. Voice Typing & your data

    1 - How do I use Voice Typing?

    Your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard now offers Voice Typing (or voice dictation) - perfect for all those moments when you prefer to speak instead of type.

    If you’ve selected English as your Microsoft SwiftKey language option you'll find Voice Typing is enabled by default.

    Tap the microphone icon on your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard to get started.

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    Speak to begin dictation - the microphone will turn blue. To stop dictation - tap the microphone.

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    If you'd like to disable Voice Typing, or hide the icon from your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard:

    1. Open your Microsoft SwiftKey app.

    2. Tap 'Settings'.

    3. Tap the 'Voice Typing' button to toggle off/on.

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    2 - Voice Typing & your data

    Your data from Voice Typing will be sent to Microsoft’s speech services to turn your speech into text.   If you agree to share your Voice and text data with Microsoft, it will help our speech-recognition services understand you better and make Voice Typing more accurate.

    All of your voice and text samples that are shared with Microsoft are de-identified. 

    Due to this de-identification, if you sign into Microsoft SwiftKey using a Microsoft Account your speech input data will not be viewable in the Microsoft privacy dashboard.  

     

    How can I stop sharing my Voice data?

    You can stop sharing this data at any time. To do this:  

    1. Open your Microsoft SwiftKey app.
    2. Tap ‘Settings’.
    3. Tap ‘Help Voice Typing'   
    4. Select 'Stop contributing'. By choosing this option you will still be able to use the Voice Typing feature, but your voice clips won't be shared.

    If you wish to contribute voice clips again, choose the 'Yes, I'll contribute voice clips' option.

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    Note: If you turn ‘Voice Typing’ off altogether, the ‘Help Voice Typing’ button will be disabled.

     

    FAQ:

    • Currently we support English only for voice to text.

     

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  • How do I turn off Quick Period?

    Quick Period allows you to double tap the spacebar to quickly insert a period into a sentence. This is available to turn on/off in advanced settings. To turn this off please follow the steps below:

    1. Open the Microsoft SwiftKey app
    2. Tap ‘Settings’ 
    3. Next to ‘Quick Period’, tap the button to turn off this feature

     

     

     

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  • How do I turn off Auto Capitalize?

    Auto Capitalize allows you to start new sentences with a capital letter. You can turn this off if you so wish by following the steps below:

    1. Open the Microsoft SwiftKey app
    2. Tap ‘Settings’ 
    3. Next to ‘Auto Capitalize’ tap the button to turn off this feature

     

     

     

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  • How do I turn off Autocorrect with Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS?

    The autocorrect feature corrects and completes your words while typing with Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard. To turn this off please follow the steps below:

    1. Open the Microsoft SwiftKey app
    2. Tap ‘Settings’ 
    3. Next to ‘Autocorrect’ tap the button to turn off this feature

     

     

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  • How do I access symbols or punctuation?

    To access symbols in your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard, press the ‘123’ key in the bottom left hand corner of the keyboard.

    On iPad this key will look like:

    You can also access the standard iOS accents by tapping and holding letters that have other characters associated with them and sliding your finger to the desired character.

    Read here to learn more about punctuation on SwiftKey.

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  • How do I insert numbers?

    To insert numbers using your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard:

    Press the ‘123’ key in the bottom left hand corner of the keyboard. You will see the number row displayed along the top.

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    On iPad this key will look like:

     

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  • Key Click Sounds and Haptic Feedback on Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard

    Microsoft SwiftKey for iOS supports both Key Click Sounds and Haptic Feedback. 

    We've highlighted how to use each below.

    1 - Key Click Sounds

    To enable/disable Key Click Sounds in Microsoft SwiftKey:

    1. Open the Microsoft SwiftKey app from your device
    2. Tap ‘Settings’
    3. Press the slider to toggle ‘Key Click Sounds’ on or off.

    Please note that if keyboard click is turned off in Apple settings > Sounds & Haptics, this will not affect the settings selected in SwiftKey. However, flicking the iPhone's Ringer switch to the red position will also mute Microsoft SwiftKey’s key click.

    See the screenshots below for further help:

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    2 - Haptic Feedback

    We've introduced limited Haptic Feedback for users of iPhone 7 and above.

    Haptic Feedback will only trigger when certain keys are pressed, for example: opening the emoji panel, long-pressing the emoji/globe key, and activating the 'emoji bomb'.

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