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「ColorOS Tutorial」 Gboard Tips, Tricks & Secrets: Basic (Part 1)

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This post was edited by BhaveshP at 10-6-2020 12:03

Hello ColorOS SuperFans,

INTRODUCTION

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ColorOS uses Google's Gboard as the default keyboard for Oppo mobile phones. Gboard is one of the simplest and best keyboard we have today. It offers plenty of features like quick search, quick translate, emojis and many more. Gboard comes with some handy and hidden time-saving shortcuts which many of us don't know.

In this tutorial, I'll be showing you the best tips, tricks & secrets of Gboard by with its incredible features and the plethora of customization options. Once you know all these tips and tricks, you will begin to enjoy the Gboard. So without further ado, let's get started...


GIF & EMOJI SEARCH

GIF and emojis add a fun factor in a chat. If you want to send them from the keyboard, Gboard has you covered in that aspect. You can search for the right emoji or GIF, instead of scrolling through the pages.

When you need to find the perfect emoji, just tap the smiley key to the left of Gboard's spacebar. From there, instead of scrolling through all of the emoji, just tap the search field at the top of the keyboard and type in the name of the emoji you're looking for. It is much easier than scrolling through the whole list.

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TRANSLATE TEXT QUICKLY

Gboard allows to quickly translate a text which will help you while chatting with a friend or client who speaks different language.

You can click the rightward arrow on the suggestion strip and select the icon for Google Translate to access this feature. Then just select the language, type in the text you want to write and it will type in its translated text.

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VOICE TYPING

If you don't feel like typing or don't want to type long message, just tap the microphone icon in the top-right corner of the keyboard & dictate. It's an intuitive process, and thanks to Google's top-notch voice recognition software, it's amazingly accurate too.

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GLIDE TO 'TYPE' FASTER

Similar to SwiftKeys keyboard, you can swipe from one letter to the next without ever picking up your thumb. It takes a while to get used to "glide typing," but it's something every Gboard user should learn. Say you're typing the word "morning" — start out on the letter M, then glide over to the O, on to the R, N, I, N and finally G. When you're done swiping out the word, just lift your finger off the screen and start swiping out the next word.

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TYPE IN YOUR HANDWRITING

Gboard also supports a handwriting recognition feature that allows you to hand-write. It is slower than typing using the qwerty keyboard, yet it is an alternative option when you wish to try a different thing.

You can enable the handwriting keyboard by going to the Gboard’s Settings->Languages->“English (US)” (or any other language) and selecting the “Handwriting” layout. Then, you can switch to it by long-pressing the "space" key.

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CHANGE YOUR DEFAULT THEME

Tap the ellipses (...) button and choose "Settings." From there you can select from many Themes. You'll find dozens of colors and even beautiful backgrounds to choose from. Select one, then press "Apply" to try it out. You can even tap the "+" entry in the top-left corner of the themes list to add your own image as a custom theme.


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THE ONE-HANDED MODE

If you have a difficulty while typing by using one hand on your big-screen phone, you can enable the one-handed mode of Gboard. In this mode, the keyboard is less in width and is aligned towards the left or the right of the screen per your choice.

Go to suggestion bar - tap on the "..." menu - and chose  "One-handed mode".


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THE FLOATING GBOARD

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ENABLE THE NUMBER ROW

If you find yourself keying in numbers quite often, it is better to enable and use the number row to speed up your typing. You can enable it by pressing Preferences in Gboard’s Settings and toggling on "Number row". I always keep it on as the large smartphone size can easily handle additional row of mumbers.

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CHANGE THE GBOARD HEIGHT
In case you are not comfortable with the keyboard’s height, which you may find too long if you have enabled word suggestions or voice input key, then you can adjust the board’s height to make it bigger or shorter. Just head on to Gboard's Settings - Preferences and click “Keyboard height” and select the size as you want.

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SWITCH LANGUAGES QUICKLY

If you're typing multi-lingual, you can use more than one language in Gboard. From the keyboard's main settings menu, tap "Languages," then select any additional languages from the list to begin.

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ADD QUICK PUNCTUATIONS

Gboard adds few options to help you type faster, and avoiding or quick-typing punctuations is one of the tricks to achieve the speed. You can enable multiple punctuation tricks in the Gboard’s Settings > "Text correction". The options are named "Auto-space after punctuation" and "Double-space full stop".

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ACCESS PUNCTUATION EASILY

When you need to use some form of punctuation other than a period or a comma, you could go to the special characters menu by tapping the "?123" button, but there's a faster way. Just long-press the period, then a menu will pop up. From there, slide your finger over the punctuation mark you want to use, then let go to add it.
While typing URL, long press period (.) key to enter .com, .in, .gov, etc.

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ADVANCED TEXT PREDICTIONS

Gboard, with the help of AI, has a powerful prediction feature for suggesting next words and phrases for you. It can also learn from your contacts and data from other Google services.
You can amplify its prediction features by enabling a few options found in its settings > "Text correction". Please toggle on options "Next-word suggestions", "Suggest Contacts", and "Personalised suggestions" on this screen.

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USE GOOGLE SEARCH

Gboard has the power of Google search built-in. To try it out, either tap the Google logo (depending on your settings), or hit the forward-facing arrow in the top-left corner of Gboard, then tap the search icon. From there, you can search for virtually anything and the answer will be presented within Gboard as a Knowledge Graph card. Just select the card to share it!

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Read part-2 here. In part-2, I've collected some advanced Gboard tips, tricks & secrets.

Thanks for reading my article, Follow me on @BhaveshP

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