How To Enable/Disable The Multimedia Actions For The Function Keys

The function keys on our laptops double as multimedia keys that allow us to pause/play a video, mute/unmute the speakers, manage the volume, manage screen brightness, toggle the WiFi switch, and project to a screen. If you have a PC then it's likely the keyboard you use with it has dedicated keys for most of these functions. The function keys, i.e. the F1-F12 keys simply perform their default functions without you having to hold down a special Fn key on your keyboard. Laptops are a different story and if you're looking to disable the multimedia function for these keys there's a simple setting in your BIOS that should disable it. Alternatively, if the function keys refuse to perform the multimedia actions they are associated with, you need to look at your system's BIOS to sort it out. Read More

How To Search Google From Your Keyboard [iOS]

iOS 8 introduced third-party keyboards to iPhone users and since then all sorts of keyboard apps have been developed for the platform. A third-party keyboard will generally put an additional function inside a keyboard. For some apps, this additional feature might be text translation, getting the link to files in your Dropbox or Google Drive, or the more popular function; searching for GIFs. It's been over a year since third-party keyboard support was added to iOS and Google has just made a foray into the niche with GBoard. It's a free third-party keyboard app for iOS that lets you search anything on Google, Google Images, and find GIFs. Read More

How To Search Google Images From Your Keyboard [iOS]

The Messages app on your iPhone has long supported sending images and as of a few updates ago also began supporting GIFs. With third-party keyboard support added in iOS 8, keyboards that allow you to search for and insert GIFs from inside any app have become very popular. Image Search Keyboard is a free iOS third-party keyboard app that works in the same field but lets you search Google Images and insert images from the results into a conversation. Read More

Use One-Handed Keyboards To Type Better With Your Left Hand

People with a dominant left hand often find themselves at a disadvantage almost everywhere they go. Even tech favors those who have a dominant right hand over those who are left-handed. Laptops are seldom built for someone who is left handed and even phones aren't built to cater to left-handed users. With phones, particularly those with larger screens, navigating with just one hand is often impossible however, if you do manage to use a large phone with just one hand, it's likely that one hand is your right one. If you are left-handed and the default keyboard makes it hard for you to type with your dominant hand, consider using a 'one-handed' keyboard instead. Read More

How To Use Shortcuts & Quickly Enter Numbers From The On-Screen Keyboard In Windows 10

The on-screen keyboard in Windows 10 tablet mode isn't the most feature rich. If you compare it to the keyboards that are available for tablets, you realize just how long a way Microsoft has to go to catch up. Even the keyboard on Windows 10 Mobile is exponentially better than the one on Windows 10 desktop. That said, it still isn't impossible to work with. The simplified default on-screen keyboard lacks both a Windows key and the Alt and Function keys. You have to switch layouts if you want to enter a symbol or a number however you can make use of the default keyboard's built-in key shortcuts and do it all from the same layout out. Here's how. Read More

Undock The On-Screen Keyboard In Windows 10 & Move It Anywhere

The on-screen keyboard in Windows 10 when enabled is docked to the bottom of the screen. It makes sense to have it appended to the bottom considering that's the easiest position for you to type in but if you find it gets in the way, particularly when you're using the screen to annotate images or draw, then you can not only detach the keyboard from the bottom of the screen but also move it around wherever you like. Here's how. Read More

How To Split The On-Screen Keyboard In Windows 10 Tablet Mode

Typing on a touch screen tablet isn't quite like typing on a smartphone. Where it ought to be much easier considering the larger keys and an overall large keyboard layout, the screen's touch capabilities often interfere with smooth typing. It's something you have to get used to or find a fix for. With tablets, both iOS and Android, there are third party keyboards available. The same can't be said for Windows 10 but the operating system has you covered to some extent. It comes with a built-in split on-screen keyboard that you can switch to and type better. Read More

How To Get The Standard Layout On The On-Screen Keyboard In Windows 10

Windows 10 has a tablet mode that you can switch to if you have a touch screen or a two-in-one laptop. The on-screen keyboard is centered and much smaller in width lacking a dedicated number pad as well as Control, Function, Windows, and Alt keys, among many others. The keyboard can be split down the middle for anyone who finds the keyboard too narrow to work with. If you would still prefer the same layout you have on your physical keyboard, here's how you can enable it. Read More

Enter Emojis By Long Pressing A Letter On The Keyboard [iOS]

iOS has had support for multiple keyboards for a while but it was only after iOS 8 that you could add a third-party keyboard. With support for third-party keyboards, you can do quite a few things from inside the keyboard. The only slight inconvenience with the keyboards is switching between them. If you have too many keyboards added then you have all the more to cycle through. Emojo is an iOS keyboard app that combines the emoji keyboard and the alphanumeric keyboard into one. You can associate emojis with any of the letters on the keyboard and when you press and hold the key, it will automatically enter the emoji. The app is free for a limited time Read More

Enter Obscure & Common Mathematical Symbols From iOS Keyboard [Paid]

The default iOS keyboard has buttons for standard mathematical functions i.e., addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For any other symbol you might need to enter, you normally have to copy and paste them from some place. MathBoard is a $0.99 app for iOS that is meant to meet any and all mathematical symbol needs. It's a third-party keyboard app that has every common and obscure mathematical symbol you might ever need to enter including Pi. Read More

Translate And Send Text From Inside The iOS Keyboard

The internet and the overcrowded market of messaging apps have more or less removed any barriers to communication that may have existed a few decades ago. Sending someone across the globe a message is easier than having food delivered to your home and even language isn't an obstacle anymore. Lot of services let you translate text and support a large number of languages. Meet TransKey, a free iOS keyboard app that lets you type and translate text from the keyboard. The app supports lots of languages including Klingon. You can write something and have the app translate it for you, or you can copy text and paste it in the app's keyboard to see what it means. Read More

Share Files From Dropbox, Google Drive, & OneDrive Via The iOS Keyboard

As of iOS 8, third-party keyboards can be installed on your iOS device. We've reviewed quite a few of these third party keyboards and a lot of those available in the App Store are geared towards GIFs and other texting/messaging needs. Third party keyboards aimed at productivity are some what rare compared to the more fun options. ThingThing is one such rare keyboard app that's aimed at productivity. It lets you connect your Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, the Calendar app, Instagram, Flickr, OneDrive, Google Drive, Pocket, and Wonderlist accounts all from your keyboard. You can use the app to insert photos quickly from your camera roll or from your Facebook account, and you can use it to share files from Dropbox , Google Drive, and OneDrive. Read More

Get LINE Messenger App’s Emojis Without Installing The App Itself [iOS]

Messenger apps are not an overcrowded app category but these apps are some of the hardest to build a strong user base for. Facebook leads this space with Messenger and Whatsapp, followed by Viber. Line is another popular messaging app though with far fewer users than the top three in this category and it features some great Emojis. If you like the emojis the app has to offer but are reluctant to have yet another messaging app to check and keep up with on your phone, you can now install Line app's emoji's as a separate keyboard on your iPhone. Be warned, this app requires full access that will send everything you type (using the keyboard) to its developers. You must have iOS 8 or above running on your iPhone to use the app. Read More

Get Visual And Haptic Feedback From Your Phone When You Make A Typo [Android]

Autocorrect may have ensured that we make fewer mistakes when writing a report, or composing an email but it has affected how well we can spell and to some extent, it's also had an impact on how shortsighted we've become when typing and proofreading. We expect autocorrect to not only correct misspelled words but to also fill in for the ones we've missed and generally know what word it is we meant to type. It works great with spelling, not so great with grammar, and not at all when we make a typo. Tipo is a free Android keyboard that identifies when you've made a typo. The keyboard flashes red and you get haptic feedback from your device when an error has been made and autocorrect failed to fix it. The app is free but offers an upgrade of $0.99 that will help you improve your spelling. Read More

Answer Messages With A Thumbs Up Or Thumbs Down On Your iPhone

Facebook's Messenger app has a thumbs up button that, when tapped, sends a Thumbs-Up emoji (Or sticker?) to whoever you're talking to. Using it is even better than typing out 'K' in place of 'Ok' or 'Okay' and it induces far less range on the recipient's side when it is sent. The thumbs-up symbol, not to mention the thumbs-down which Facebook doesn't support, is pretty universal in meaning. You can use it to communicate approval and disapproval but only Facebook capitalizes on it. Thumbify is free a third party keyboard app for iOS with exactly two buttons; a thumbs up and a thumbs down (and a pretty pointless number pad for some reason). Once enabled, you can use it to quickly send the thumbs up and thumbs down emoji when texting. Read More

OftenType: Create Custom Keys To Enter Email, Phone Number, & Names [Paid]

As phones evolved, the generic keypad that we used to type texts was soon replaced. First by physical QWERTY keyboards, and then by on-screen keyboards that, as our phone screens grow bigger, make typing more comfortable. With the advent of on-screen keyboards and open systems like Android, newer ways to make typing easier were invented signaling the start of third-party keyboards. Developers created keyboards that had added features to make typing easier and OftenType is one excellent attempt at creating a keyboard that makes it easier to enter redundant information like your phone number or an address. It is a $1.99 iOS app (requires iOS 8.1 or above) that lets you can create custom keys for phone numbers, addresses, names, and more. A simple tap on the key will allow you to enter an email address or a street address without having to type it all out. Read More

3 Free GIF Keyboards For iOS 8

The GIFV project by Imgur and the introduction of a GIF maker to YouTube are both indicative of the growing popularity of GIFs. GIFs have also made an entry in a far more unlikley place; keyboards in iOS 8. Following the announcement that third-party keyboards would be allowed in iOS 8, developers set to creating something truly awesome for the platform; GIF keyboards. For those who are unfamiliar with what a GIF keyboard is, it is a collection of GIFs that you can insert in messages without leaving your texting app or messenger. Instead of letter keys, you have GIF thumbnails featuring both popular and obscure ones GIFs from the app's library. Here are three free GIF keyboards that you can download for iOS 8 now. Read More

How To Add/Remove Third-Party Keyboards In iOS 8

I should just use the same introductory sentence for these posts, since they are all just some variants of "iOS 8 is out, it has new features". So, iOS 8 is out, it has new features, like widgets and third-party keyboards. Not that there is anything wrong with the native keyboard, but sometimes one has to experiment with what else is out there, perhaps you might like a third-party over your cherished iOS 8 keyboard. Only one way to find out, install it (like SwiftKey) and see for yourself. Allow us to walk you through how to install third-party keyboards on iOS 8. Read More

Swiftkey Now Available In The App Store For iOS 8, Here’s Our Take [Review]

iOS 8 is here! Wait, we already said that in our last article. Okay, so let's start talking more and more about it. One of the biggest advances in iOS 8 are not at the cosmetic level, it is at the developer's end, which come back on a cosmetic level. Now the environment is a little more open and to that end, there will be support for custom keyboards (amongst other things, check out our review). Predictive text is the weapon of choice for the legend of Android SwiftKey which steps foot into the battleground of iOS, armed with swipe-to-type functionality. Read on to find out how it fared. Read More

SwipeExpander Assigns A Shortcut To Each Key On The Keyboard [Jailbreak]

Back in May, a Cydia tweak called SlideCut was released allowing you to add keyboard shortcuts to the on-screen keyboard on your iOS device. These shortcuts mimicked the ones we've all become accustomed to using on our desktop. The tweak itself is pretty good if you want just the usual keyboard shortcuts. If you want something more, then try  SwipeExpander. It's available in the BigBoss and Insanelyi repositories and it lets you assign a long list of actions to any key. It's also a great text expander; you can assign text to any key and when you swipe it, the text is entered. Swiping a key is how all shortcuts are triggered. Read More