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  1. JimmyTheSaint

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    Can people recommend a keyboard opitimized for one-handed, left thumb use? The best one I've found is Thumb Keyboard 4 because, by providing an option to squeeze everything toward the left side, I can at least reach everything one-handed, even if it's still a bit awkward. I've tried several that allow shifting the entire keyboard toward the left, but I really need access to cursor keys and symbols, and so far Thumb Keyboard is the best. Are there any others to try?
     

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    I was going to recommend Thumb Keyboard. I find it the best option.

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    Try the touchpal keyboard for tablets. It has a feature to resize the keyboard to a suitable size and has an option to place it in the center, left or right. But can only be set in landscape mode.
    Another is the floatnsplit keyboard. Check it out it might be what your looking for.
     
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    OP, which device are you looking to use said keyboard on? I gather that it would be the phone model you listed in your profile (vs one of the tablets), but I'd rather be sure before listing off possible suggestions that aren't helpful.
     
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    Mainly my S3. I'm liking Thumb keyboard better than Touchpal, but would still like to try others.
     
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    Thumb would be the best option in my opinion.
     
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    If you like thumb keyboard. Try out kii keyboard.. IMO its better :)
     
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    Totally forgot about Kii. Great keyboard. Try both :)

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    Yeah, Kii is pretty nice. Great suggestion--I'm glad I bumped. So far Kii seems pretty comparable to Thumb, but I especially like Kii's more convenient way of accessing the arrow layout, which provides the full suite of copy/paste stuff that Thumb doesn't have. The only drawback is that Kii doesn't have Thumb's kind of one-handed (squeezed to one side) layout. I'm able to compensate decently well by customizing key size and spacing, but the 'p' and backspace keys are still uncomfortable for my left thumb. Kii does have some "squeezed" split layouts, but they stick a numpad in the middle of those. I would think they could easily make a squeezed standard keyboard, so I emailed the dev a request.
     
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    Glad to have helped in some way :)
     
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    I must say, Kii is now beating the thumbs off of everyone else. They responded quickly to user feedback and now allow flexible side padding of the keyboard so that I can get the whole keyboard to sit comfortably within the reach of one thumb. I'm now swipe-typing one-handed. Who'd have thought we'd ever be able to do that?
     

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