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Old November 16th, 2009, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hold For Caps?

Coming from the Blackberry world I was wondering if someone (BK?) has made it possible to make the touch keyboard Make a Capital letter when holding down the Key..instead of the crazy character menu I get now... ?


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Old November 16th, 2009, 03:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just hit the shift "button" once for a single upper character letter. If I hold down the shift key for a moment it goes in to caps lock.

If using the real keyboard hit the left shift key twice then type for caps
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Old November 16th, 2009, 03:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If using the real keyboard hit the left shift key twice then type for caps
you can also hold the shift key and type like on a normal keyboard if you dont need an actual caps "lock"
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Guys, you are missing the point. He isn't asking about how to use the shift key or the cap lock function. The way the keyboard works by default in the Andriod is that if you hold down the letter, a menu pops up giving you options for foreign language variations of the letter, such as when you hold down the "e" key. That is useful if you normally type foreign words. Holding the key down is basically a shortcut to special characters.

On the BB phone, holding the key down simply causes the letter to be capitalized, saving you from having to make the extra keystroke to the shift key. (I have heard of other phones without QWERTY keyboards where holding down the letter resulted in the number of the key being entered, such as "2" if you hold down A, B, or C, but we don't need that here.)

I don't write foreign letters, but I do like to capitalize certain letters and it would be nice to be able to save the extra keystroke every time. The question is: is there a way to change the default function of holding down a letter so that it does something more useful?

A nice feature of the blackberry was that if you typed the letter "i" by itself, it would automatically capitalize it for you. It would also automatically put in your apostrophe if you type a contraction, for example, "cant" automatically becomes "can't". I would love to have these features on my Android.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 08:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You'd have to see if there's a keyboard app that offers this feature.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 03:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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While you are typing with the onscreen keyboard, just above the letters a bar shows up with suggestions. Just look and when you see the word tap the one you want and it will place it in the text box, as well as add a space behind the word you just typed and the bar brings up punctuation options, or just continue typing. Automatically cappitalizing "i" is in there as well, just hit the space bar after typing. Now all this is in the on screen keyboard, not the slide out. I guess they figgured that if you were going to use the physical keyboard you would want one that works like the one on your PC. This doesn't work in the search bar on the browser though, I guess so you can google "kdsa;au" and see what comes up.
Course I haven't been stock in a long time so this might be particular to Handcent, but I'm pretty sure it was there in froyo.

Ok now I have to google that just to see.
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