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The best hidden Gboard features that you must know about
by Rajesh Pandey
Gboard is one of the most popular keyboards for Android devices right there and rightfully so because of the sheer number of innovative features it packs. The keyboard is also a perfect example of how virtual keyboards for today's smartphones are more than just a keyboard with the amount of functionality they pack.
If you have been using Gboard only for typing out messages and emails so far, you have been using it wrong then. You can use the keyboard for quick Google search, translations, adding GIFs, and do so much more. Below is a look at some useful Gboard features that you might not know about and which will help improve your overall typing experience.
If you use SwiftKey, you can read about some of its hidden features here.
Custom mini stickers
Forget emoji and GIFs. You can create custom "minis" stickers based on you in Gboard as well. Simply tap the sticker button in Gboard's toolbar, scroll to the right in the toolbar and tap on the cog (Settings) button. Then go to the Browse tab and select the option to create your custom "minis" in the banner at the top. You will then have to click a selfie and then wait for a few seconds for Gboard to create the custom mini stickers.
Quickly add punctuations
You can quickly add punctuations other than a comma or full stop by simply long pressing on the full stop button. A list of the most common punctuations will then pop up and you can slide your finger to select the one you want to use.
Switch to one-handed layout
The displays on Android smartphones are getting taller and wider which makes one-handed typing on them a frustrating experience. Gboard does come with a one-handed layout that you can use in such situations though. You can easily activate one-handed mode in Gboard by long-pressing the "," button and then dragging your finger to the second icon you see. Once activated, you have the option of moving the keyboard to the left or right edge of the display as per your requirement.
Delete words using a gesture
Want to quickly delete a word or a sentence that you just typed? No need to repeatedly press the backspace button. Instead, you can just swipe to the left from the backspace button to select the text you want to delete. The longer you swipe, the more words will get selected and they will be automatically deleted once you lift your finger from the display.
In case you change your mind and want to keep the sentence or word you just deleted, Gboard will automatically show you the deleted word or sentence as a suggestion.
Translate text easily
With Google Translate integration in Gboard, you can easily translate text on the fly without having to leave the current chat window or text compose window. Simply tap the Google Translate icon in the Gboard toolbar and proceed to enter the word or sentence that you want to convert. Gboard can automatically detect the language that you are entering and convert it into a language you want, though you can select the input language manually as well.
Use the keyboard as a trackpad
You can use Gboard as a trackpad as well to quickly move the cursor where you want while formatting or editing text. On iPhone, you need to long-press on the spacebar and then drag your finger around to move the cursor. Gboard has a similar implementation as well. Simply long-press on the spacebar and then drag your finger around to turn the keyboard into a virtual trackpad and move the cursor around easily.
Add fractions easily
Want to quickly add a fraction? Simply long-press on the number and Gboard will show a list of common fractions that you can add easily.
What are some of your favorite Gboard tips and tricks? Drop a comment and let us know!
The best SwiftKey for Android features you must know about
by Rajesh Pandey
The keyboard that you use for typing on your smartphone is no longer just a keyboard. As smartphones have gotten smarter, so have the keyboards that we use on them. Microsoft's SwiftKey is one of the most popular third-party keyboards for both Android and iOS devices and over the years, it has turned from a simple keyboard into a mini-app of its own that can do so much more.
Do you know that you can use SwiftKey to quickly check your calendar appointments? Or translate text directly while in a chat window? There's a lot more that SwiftKey can do and you will be surprised by its feature-set. Read below to find out some useful SwiftKey features, tips, and tricks you might not be aware of.
Do note that some of the features mentioned below are exclusive to SwiftKey for Android and not available on the iOS version.
Easily move the cursor around
Formatting text on Android can be a bit of a pain, especially when you need to move the cursor to a specific location as our fat fingers mean the accuracy is not going to be good. Taking a cue from iPhone, Microsoft has recently added a gesture in SwiftKey for Android that allows one to use the spacebar for quickly moving the cursor around.
In a text compose window, simply long-press on the spacebar and then slide your finger on it to move the cursor around. This makes the entire process of formatting and editing long emails and documents significantly easier.
Use the clipboard
If you frequently edit documents and write emails on the go, you will find the clipboard feature in SwiftKey extremely useful. Any text or media file that you copy will automatically be stored in SwiftKey's clipboard and you can access it later on. This is useful if you are frequently copy-pasting a lot of content throughout the day as you won't always have to go back to the source content for copying again. You can also pin content to the clipboard if you frequently paste something.
To access the clipboard in SwiftKey, tap the double-arrow icon and then tap the clipboard icon from the toolbar. All your recent and saved clips will be shown here. In case you are not comfortable with the clipboard feature of SwiftKey from a privacy viewpoint, jump into SwiftKey settings -> Rich input -> Clipboard and disable the 'Remember copied items' option.
Translate text directly
If you ever need to translate text, there's no need to open your favorite translator app. Instead, you can directly translate text using SwiftKey which is powered by Microsoft Translator. Bring up the toolbar by tapping the double-arrow icon on the left corner of SwiftKey and then tap the translate button (fifth icon) and start typing the text you want to translate. The translated text will be automatically entered into the text compose window. You can change the input as well as the final output language as per your liking.
Undock the keyboard
It is not necessary that SwiftKey shows up at the bottom part of your phone's display. You can undock the keyboard and move it around anywhere on the display as per your liking as well. Simply bring up the toolbar in SwiftKey and then tap the three-dot overflow menu button on the left corner. From there, go to Modes and select Float.
Your SwiftKey keyboard will now be undocked and you can move it around on your phone's screen wherever you want by using the drag handle at the bottom. To dock the keyboard back into position, simply drag it to the bottom of the screen and hold for a second.
Check calendar availability
Need to check if you are available on a particular day for a meeting or just want to see if you will have enough time in hand on a day to attend another meeting? You don't need to open the calendar app on your phone for this as you can check your calendar appointments directly from within SwiftKey.
Bring up the toolbar in SwiftKey, tap the three-dot overflow menu button, and then select Calendar. If you are using this feature for the first time, you will have to grant it access to your calendar. After that, you will be able to see all your upcoming calendar appointments right from within SwiftKey irrespective of the app you are using.
SwiftKey comes with a built-in text expander functionality which you can use to automatically save text snippets that you frequently use and assign them to a keyword. You enter that keyword and it automatically expands to the text snippet. For example, you have an "addr" shortcut for automatically inserting your entire home/office address.
To use the text expander feature in SwiftKey, go to the Clipboard from the toolbar and then select the "Add a new clip" option. Proceed to add the "clip content" followed by the shortcut. The latter is optional since any clip you add will also be available on the clipboard for quick insertion purposes.
Do a web search
Ok, this is a simple one but many people still seem to be not aware of its existence. You can do a Google (or Bing) web search right from within SwiftKey without having to leave the chat window or mail that you are composing.
Bring up the SwiftKey tool and then tap the search icon on the left corner. You can then quickly do a web search and the search results will open in a mini browser window. The browser window will have two handy options of taking a screenshot or sending the search result link as a message.
What are some of your favorite SwiftKey features that you rely on heavily? Share them with us in the comments below!
The best Samsung Galaxy S20 tips and tricks
by Rajesh Pandey
It has now been over a week since Samsung's flagship Galaxy S20 lineup went on sale across the world. Apart from packing these devices with top-notch internals, Samsung has also added plenty of new and useful software features to them which you are unlikely to discover if you don't prod through the Settings menu. If you have recently gotten your hands on the Galaxy S20, S20+, or the Galaxy S20 Ultra, check out the best tips and tricks for these devices to get the most out of them.
The tips below will help you in discovering some hidden and lesser-known features of the Galaxy S20 and further improve its usability.
Samsung is including a native screen recorder on the Galaxy S20 series. This means you won't have to rely on a third-party solution from the Google Play Store if you ever need to record the screen on your S20.
To start a screen recording, expand the Quick Settings panel and tap the 'Record Screen' button. You can also customize the screen recorder including the resolution, whether you want to record system sounds, audio from the internal microphone, and more. For this, go to Settings -> Advanced features -> Screenshots and screen recorder -> Screen recorder settings.
Customize the Side key
The Galaxy S20 series does not come with a dedicated Bixby button. However, by default, if you long-press the side/power button, it will open up Bixby while a double press will open the camera app. If you want though, you can assign the side key to bring up the power menu instead of Bixby. Navigate to Settings -> Advanced features -> Side key and then change the 'Press and hold' option to Power off menu. If you wish to, you can assign the double press action to a custom app of your choice or disable the action altogether.
Link to Windows
The Galaxy S20 series comes with a 'Link to Windows' feature that will let you seamlessly send and receive texts from your Windows PC, make/receive phone calls, mirror your phone's screen, and more. While the Link to Windows feature is found in previous flagship Samsung devices as well, Galaxy S20 owners get to exclusively enjoy universal copy/paste. This means you can paste the clipboard content of your PC on your Galaxy S20 or vice versa. Additionally, the Your Phone app will support RCS messaging on the Galaxy S20 lineup, though this is limited to only the default Samsung Messages app.
You can follow this guide to set up the Link to Windows feature on your Galaxy S20 and PC.
You can take full advantage of the display of the Galaxy S20 by displaying more content on it at any given time. Previously, this required changing the DPI from the developer settings but Samsung has improved the Screen zoom feature on the Galaxy S20 and allows one to reduce the size of the UI elements by a notch. Alternatively, if you want, you can increase the size of the UI elements in case you don't have 20/20 vision.
120Hz refresh rate
The Galaxy S20 series comes with a 120Hz AMOLED display. However, for battery life reasons, Samsung ships these phones with the display refresh rate set to 60Hz. This means you will have to manually switch the display to 120Hz to enjoy the smoothness it offers. While power users are going to be aware of this, the average Galaxy S20 user is not. You need to at least experience the smoothness that a 120Hz display brings to the table before dismissing it as a gimmick.
Enable the 120Hz display refresh rate on the Samsung Galaxy S20 by going to Settings -> Display -> Motion smoothness and switching it to 'High refresh rate.' If you are traveling or want to extend the battery life of your Galaxy S20, you can switch it back to 60Hz.
This is not really a new feature, but it is easily one of the most underrated ones in my opinion. Samsung Pay is like Apple Pay or Google Pay on steroids. While the latter two payment solutions require an NFC-based payment terminal to work, Samsung Pay can work with any traditional payment terminal without any issues thanks to its MST technology.
Samsung Pay has been a part of all major flagships from the company released over the last few years and the Galaxy S20 series is no exception to this. Once you set up Samsung Pay, you will be surprised at how easy it is to use and how it works with all kinds of payment terminals.
Enable One-handed mode
The Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra are massive devices that you are going to struggle to use one-handed in many situations. In such scenarios, you can use the one-handed mode in One UI on the Samsung Galaxy S20. The feature is disabled by default so you will have to enable it first.
Navigate to Settings -> Advanced features -> One-handed mode. You will need to select how you want to enable one-handed mode: by swiping down from the center of the bottom edge of the display or by double-tapping the home button. If you use the navigation gestures, the second option will not be available for you. Then, whenever you are struggling to use your Galaxy S20 with one hand, simply enable the one-handed mode. This will shrink down the UI and scale it to the left/right part of the display so that you can easily reach the desired content.
Lock apps in memory
The Galaxy S20 series comes with oodles of RAM which makes them perfect for heavy multitasking. However, if you wish to, you can take things up a level by locking an app in the memory. The app will then always be loaded in the RAM which will ensure that it will load instantly whenever you open it. On the Galaxy S20 and S20+, you are limited to locking only one app in memory while on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, you can lock up to three apps in memory.
To lock an app in memory on the Galaxy S20, bring up the Recent Apps view and then tap the icon of the app that you'd like to lock. From there, select the 'Keep open for quick launching' option. A locked app will always be present in the Recent Apps view with a lock icon.
Run apps in window mode
Here's another tip to further improve the multitasking experience on the Galaxy S20 series. You can run apps in a window mode. So, if required, you can read something in Chrome while running Google Keep in window note for quickly taking notes. Or you can have two documents open for quickly referencing them. What's even better is that you can have multiple apps open in window mode at the same time.
Bring up the Recent Apps view and tap the icon of the app you'd like to run in window mode. Then, select the 'Open in pop-up view' option. Do note that not all apps support this feature and the option will be missing for incompatible apps.
Install Good Lock
Samsung has greatly improved its skin and One UI on the Galaxy S20 series offers plenty of customization options. But if you want to customize things even more or just want more useful options to play around with, install Good Lock on your device. The app and its modules will allow you to make changes to the System UI including the ability to customize how the Quick Settings panel looks, the lock screen style, the Recent Apps view, and more.
There is also a Theme Park Good Lock module using which you can create and apply themes on your Galaxy S20. Good Lock and its modules are available to download from the Galaxy Store. Do note that the app is not available in all parts of the world, so you might have to sideload it.
What are some of your favorite tips and tricks for the Galaxy S20 series? Share with us in the comments below!
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Google Drive - Download the Free Tips & Tricks Guide
by Steven Parker
Claim your complimentary free Tips and Tricks Guide today, before the offer expires.
What's it about?
This G Suite Google Drive reference provides shortcuts, tips, and tricks for this popular online storage software.
Use this reference to brush up on the basics and to find alternative methods to your favorite commands. This printable quick reference is yours to use, distribute, and share at your organization!
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