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    On-screen keyboard

    Tap the keys of the on-screen QWERTY keyboard to enter text conveniently. Some applications open the on-screen keyboard automatically. You can also open this keyboard by touching a text field.

    Using the on-screen keyboard

    On-screen keyboard in Sony Smartphones
    1 Change the character case and turn on the caps lock. For some languages, this key is used to access extra characters in the language.
    2 Close the on-screen keyboard view
    3 Display numbers and symbols. Touch and hold to display smileys.
    4 Enter a space
    5 Open the input settings menu to change, for example, the Writing languages. This key also changes the writing language when more than one input language is selected.
    6 Enter a carriage return or confirm text input
    7 Delete a character before the cursor
    NoteAll illustrations are for illustration purposes only and may not accurately depict the actual phone.

    To display the on-screen keyboard to enter text

    • Tap a text entry field.

    To hide the on-screen keyboard

    • When the on-screen keyboard is open, press Icn sony key and back.

    To use the on-screen keyboard in landscape orientation

    • When you enter text, turn the phone sideways.
    NoteFor the keyboard to support this feature, landscape mode must be supported by the application you are using, and your screen orientation settings must be set to automatic.

    To enter text using the on-screen keyboard

    1. To enter a character visible on the keyboard, tap the character.
    2. To enter a character variant, touch and hold a regular keyboard character to get a list of available options, then select from the list. For example, to enter "é", touch and hold "e" until other options appear, then, while keeping your finger pressed on the keyboard, drag to and select "é".

    To shift between upper-case and lower-case letters

    • Before you enter a letter, tap Icn sony text input shift feedback to switch to upper-case Icn sony text input shift caps feedback, or vice versa.

    To turn on the caps lock

    • Before you type a word, tap Icn sony text input shift feedback or Icn sony text input shift caps feedback until Icn sony text input shift caps lock feedback appears.

    To enter numbers or symbols

    • When you enter text, tap Icn sony textinput numbers symbols. A keyboard with numbers and symbols appears. Tap Icn sony textinput symbol pages to view more options.

    To enter common punctuation marks

    1. When you finish entering a word, tap the space bar.
    2. Select a punctuation mark from the candidate bar. The selected mark is inserted before the space.
    TipTo quickly enter a full stop, tap the space bar twice when you finish entering a word.

    To insert a smiley

    1. When you enter text, touch and hold Icn sony textinput numbers symbols.
    2. Select a smiley.

    To delete characters

    • Tap to place the cursor after the character you want to delete, then tap Icn sony delete phone number blk.

    To enter a carriage return

    • When you enter text, tap Icn sony text input light enter to enter a carriage return.

    To select text

    1. Enter some text, then tap and hold the text. The word you tap gets highlighted by tabs on both sides.
    2. Drag the tabs left or right to select more text.

    To edit text in portrait orientation

    1. When you enter text, touch and hold the text field until an application bar appears.
    2. Select the text you want to edit, and then use the application bar to make your desired changes.
    NoteTo paste text from the clipboard, you can also hold the text field until Paste appears, then tap Paste.

    Application bar

    Application bar for text edit in Sony Smartphones
    1 Close the application bar
    2 Select all text
    3 Cut text
    4 Copy text
    5 Paste text
    NoteIcn sony magnifier paste only appears when you have text stored on the clipboard.

    Using the Gesture input function to write words

    You can input text by sliding your finger from letter to letter on the on-screen keyboard. You can lift your finger between words so that the phone recognises them.

    NoteGesture input is only available when you use the on-screen keyboard.

    To enter text using the Gesture input function

    1. When you enter text using the on-screen keyboard, slide your finger from letter to letter to trace the word you want to write. Lift up your finger when you’ve finished entering a word.
    2. The phone suggests a word based on the letters you have traced. If necessary, select the correct word in the candidate bar. To view more options, scroll right or left in the word candidate bar. If you cannot find the desired word, tap Icn sony delete phone number blk once to delete the entire word. Then try again to trace the word using Gesture input, or tap each letter to enter the word.
    3. If the Space between gestures setting is activated, trace the next word that you want to enter. If not, tap the space bar and then trace the next word you want to enter.
    TipTo enter joined compound words when the Space between gestures setting is activated, you may need to slide to enter the first part of the word, then tap each letter to enter the rest of the word.

    To change the Gesture input settings

    1. When you enter text using the on-screen keyboard, tap Icn sony menu settings. If you have selected more than one writing language, touch and hold Icn sony suquashi textinput languages.
    2. Tap Text input settings.
    3. Mark or unmark the Gesture input checkbox.
    4. If you want to automatically add a space between gestures without having to tap the space bar each time, mark the Space between gestures checkbox.

    Phonepad

    The Phonepad is similar to a standard 12-key telephone keypad. It gives you predictive text and multi-tap input options. You can activate the Phonepad text input method via the keyboard settings. The Phonepad is only available in portrait orientation.

    Using the Phonepad

    Phonepad overview in Sony Smartphones

    1 Choose a text input option
    2 Change the character case and turn on the caps lock
    3 Display numbers
    4 Display symbols and smileys
    5 Enter a space
    6 Open the input settings menu to change, for example, the Writing languages. This key also changes the writing language when more than one input language is selected.
    7 Enter a carriage return or confirm text input
    8 Delete a character before the cursor
    NoteAll illustrations are for illustration purposes only and may not accurately depict the actual phone.

    To open the Phonepad for the first time

    1. Tap a text entry field, then tap Icn sony menu settings, or touch and hold Icn sony suquashi textinput languages if you have already selected more than one input language.
    2. Tap Keyboard layout and select an option.
    TipOnce you’ve chosen the keyboard layout option, you can simply activate the Phonepad by tapping a text entry field.

    To switch between the on-screen keyboard and the Phonepad

    1. When you enter text, tap Icn sony menu settings, or touch and hold Icn sony suquashi textinput languages if you have already selected more than one input language.
    2. Tap Keyboard layout and select an option.
    NoteRemember the Phonepad is only available in portrait orientation.

    To enter text using the Phonepad

    When using the Phonepad, you can choose from two input options:
    • When Icn sony text input phonepad singletap on appears in the Phonepad, tap each character key only once, even if the letter you want is not the first letter on the key. Tap the word that appears or tap Icn sony text input prediction arrow right to view more word suggestions and select a word from the list.
    • When Icn sony text input phonepad singletap off appears in the Phonepad, tap the on-screen key for the character you want to enter. Keep pressing this key until the desired character is selected. Then do the same for the next character you want to enter, and so on.

    To enter numbers using the Phonepad

    • When the Phonepad is open, tap Icn sony textinput numbers horizontal. A Phonepad with numbers appears.

    To insert symbols and smileys using the Phonepad

    1. When the Phonepad is open, tap Icn sony text input phonepad sym smiley. A grid with symbols and smileys appears.
    2. Scroll up or down to view more options. Tap a symbol or smiley to select it.

    Keyboard and Phonepad settings

    You can select settings for the on-screen keyboard and the Phonepad, such as writing language and automatic correction.

    To access the keyboard and the Phonepad settings

    • When you enter text using the on-screen keyboard or Phonepad, tap Icn sony menu settings. If you have selected more than one writing language, touch and hold Icn sony suquashi textinput languages instead.

    To change writing language using the on-screen keyboard or the Phonepad

    1. When you enter text, tap Icn sony menu settings, or touch and hold Icn sony suquashi textinput languages if you have already selected more than one input language.
    2. Tap Writing languages and select the languages you want to use for writing.
    3. If you have selected more than one input language, tap Icn sony suquashi textinput languages to switch between the selected writing languages.

    To switch keyboards

    1. When you enter text, drag the status bar downwards to open the Notification panel.
    2. Tap Select input method, and select an option.

    Text input settings

    When entering text, you can access a text input settings menu that helps you set options for text prediction. For example, you can decide how you want the phone to present word alternatives and correct words as you type, or enable the text input application to remember new words you write.

    To change the text input settings

    1. When you enter text using the on-screen keyboard or the Phonepad, tap Icn sony menu settings, or touch and hold Icn sony suquashi textinput languages.
    2. Tap Text input settings.
    3. Select the desired settings.
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