Typing text

Typing text

You can select from a number of keyboards and input methods to type text containing letters, numbers and other characters.

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. Note that this icon does not appear in portrait mode.
3 Display numbers and symbols.
4 Personalise your keyboard. This key disappears after the keyboard is personalised.
5 Enter a space.
6 Enter a carriage return or confirm text input.
7 Delete a character before the cursor.
All illustrations are for illustration purposes only and may not accurately depict the actual device.

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, tap .

To personalise the on-screen keyboard

  1. Open the on-screen keyboard, then tap .
  2. Follow the instructions to personalise your on-screen keyboard, for example, mark the Smiley key checkbox.
If you don't mark the Smiley key checkbox when you personalise the on-screen keyboard, the smiley icon will not appear.

To use the on-screen keyboard in landscape orientation

  • When you enter text, turn the device sideways.
For 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 to switch to upper-case , or vice versa.

To turn on the caps lock

  • Before you type a word, tap or until appears.

To enter numbers or symbols

  • When you enter text, tap . A keyboard with numbers and symbols appears. Tap 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.
To quickly enter a full stop, tap the space bar twice when you finish entering a word.

To delete characters

  • Tap to place the cursor after the character you want to delete, then tap .

To enter a carriage return

  • When you enter text, tap to enter a carriage return.

To select text

  1. Enter some text, then double-tap 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 landscape orientation

  1. Enter some text, then double-tap the entered text.
  2. Select the text you want to work with, then tap Edit... and select an option.

To edit text in portrait orientation

  1. Enter some text, then double-tap the entered text to make the application bar appear.
  2. Select the text you want to edit, then use the application bar to make your desired changes.

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
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.

Gesture 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.
  2. Lift up your finger when you’ve finished entering a word. A word is suggested based on the letters you have traced. If necessary, select the correct word in the candidate bar.
  3. To view more options, scroll right or left in the word candidate bar. If you cannot find the desired word, tap once to delete the entire word. Then try again to trace the word using the Gesture input function, or tap each letter to enter the word.
  4. 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.
To 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 .
  2. Tap , then tap Keyboard settings.
  3. Tap Text input settings.
  4. Mark or unmark the Gesture input checkbox.
  5. 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 Enter a carriage return or confirm text input
7 Delete a character before the cursor
All illustrations are for illustration purposes only and may not accurately depict the actual device.

To open the Phonepad for the first time

  1. Tap a text entry field, then tap .
  2. Tap , then tap Keyboard settings.
  3. Tap Keyboard appearance > Keyboard layout.
  4. Select the Phonepad.
The Phonepad can only be used in portrait mode.

To enter text using the Phonepad

  • When 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 to view more word suggestions and select a word from the list.
  • When 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 . A Phonepad with numbers appears.

To insert symbols and smileys using the Phonepad

  1. When the Phonepad is open, tap . 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 on-screen keyboard and Phonepad settings

  1. When you enter text using the on-screen keyboard or Phonepad, tap or .
  2. Tap , then tap Keyboard settings.

To add a writing language for text input

  1. When you enter text using the on-screen keyboard or Phonepad, tap or .
  2. Tap , then tap Keyboard settings.
  3. Tap Languages > Writing languages and mark the relevant checkboxes. Tap OK to confirm.
To switch between languages, tap the input language key, for example, .

Text input settings

When entering text using the on-screen keyboard or the Phonepad, 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 or .
  2. Tap , then tap Keyboard settings > Text input settings and select the relevant settings.

Entering text using voice input

When you enter text, you can use the voice input function instead of typing the words. Just speak the words that you want to enter. Voice input is an experimental technology from Google™, and is available for a number of languages and regions.

You must have a data connection on a mobile or Wi-Fi® network to use this service. Additional charges may apply.

To enable voice input

  1. When you enter text using the on-screen keyboard or the Phonepad, tap or .
  2. Tap , then tap Keyboard settings .
  3. Mark the Google voice typing key checkbox.
  4. Press to save your settings. A microphone icon appears on your on-screen keyboard or Phonepad.

To enter text using voice input

  1. Make sure that the voice input function is enabled and that you have a working data connection.
  2. When appears on your on-screen keyboard or Phonepad, tap it. When the input language key, for example, , appears, touch and hold it.
  3. When appears, speak to enter text. When you're finished, tap again. The suggested text appears.
  4. Edit the text manually if necessary.

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