Gboard is often regarded as the best keyboard for iPhone or Android. Google has made it rich in features, and you should expect the best when it comes to Google's first-party software. With so many features, a few things can go by the wayside.
I'll introduce five simple features that Gboard offers to increase productivity. Some of them may be known but others may be overlooked at the same time. I'm here to remind you of these features and to make your typing experience as productive as possible. Of course, these are not the only tips, but they are still helpful.
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Before you dive into the fun productivity tips, you'll need to download the Gboard app if you do not want to. I already have it. If you've never used Gboard before, you can look forward to a lot. Click on the following link to get started!
One of the most useful and time-saving features you may not know about – the search The Web from your keyboard is actually one thing. If you think that the Google "G" logo on the keyboard is just a logo or you forget it, this is a good time to check it out. Tap on the "G" symbol on the left and immediately enter anything in the search field that you want.
If you want to search for "funny cats" to find a video and send it to your best friend (because cats), then you can do it here without leaving the keyboard! When you press Enter, a list of funny cat videos appears at the bottom of the screen. You can simply click Share and then Share Card to send the link through a supported messaging app.
The above search, of course, is fun, but in a broader sense, you can also use the search function to work. If you're researching at school or at work, you can stay in the keyboard and save valuable time. Asking questions is one of the best ways to use Gboard's search functionality. So do not forget to ask if you want to know something!
Gboard provides Glide Typing to function that lets you pervade your messages instead of typing them. The setting should be enabled by default. If this is not the case, open the Gboard app by selecting the icon on the home screen. If you're using Android, choose "Slip Input" from there and make sure "Enable Slip Input" is turned on. If you're using iOS, choose Keyboard Preferences and turn on Sliding.
Smartphone screens are getting bigger and bigger every year. If you have not already done so, you can now test the gesture input. Both Android and iOS already offer gesture-based system navigation. Why not on board? It may take some getting used to, but practice makes perfect! Once you get the hang of it, you should find your way around quickly.
Tip 3: Faster Access to Punctuation
When To type a point at the end of a sentence, simply tap the button with the dot to the right of the spacebar. But what about other punctuation marks like commas, exclamation marks or question marks?
With Gboard, the most common punctuation marks can be added in a single tap. Just press and hold the dot button and do not let go. A list of other punctuation is displayed. Again, without letting go, move your finger over the punctuation mark you want to use and release it. The text box is then opened with your finger.
Tip # 4: Swipe the Quick Settings with the Spacebar
Another simple but useful feature Often overlooked is the swipe of the spacebar left and right to move the cursor with high precision. It's helpful if you type and edit a lot in a single line so you can edit text without moving a finger. If you combine this with the gestures, you should be a text input assistant at this point!
Tip 5: Translating the text
In today's international world, the language barrier is always more on the subject. With thousands of popular languages, browsing the web and communicating with each other can be a monumental task. Fortunately, Google has been working in the field of language translation for a long time and has integrated some of this knowledge into the keyboard.
Did you know that you can translate text from the Gboard app without leaving the app? the keyboard? This is true! Tap the ellipses (•••) in the upper-right corner of the keyboard, then select the Translate button if you're using Android. For iOS users, just tap the translation icon above the "e" and "r" buttons. You can now copy and paste any language text you want to translate using the keyboard.
Alternatively, you can type English, and Gboard translates automatically as you type into the language you want to speak to friends, classmates, or colleagues in a language you do not understand. Awesome!
This article was created during Gadget Hacks' special coverage on using your smartphone to increase productivity. Take a look at the entire productivity series.
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