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One-Letter Words
One-Letter Words

Swype one-letter words like "a" and "I" by Swyping from the letter to the Space key.

Contractions
Contractions

Many words with punctuation and punctuation combinations are in the Swype default dictionary, making them easier to enter when Swyping (e.g. I'm, I'll, it's, how's, etc.).

Alternate Characters
Tertiary Inputs

To bring up a list of all the characters available on a key, press-hold on a key such as the 'A' key on the Swype keyboard.

To enter an alternate character from Swype's symbols layer, tap the +!= (symbols) key. Where the Shift key was, you can see that there are two pages that you can toggle for a more complete selection of alternate characters.

Swype Gestures Swype Gestures

Swype gestures are shortcuts on the Swype keyboard that help you quickly accomplish common tasks such as inserting punctuation, and highlighting/cutting/copying/pasting text.

  • Insert Punctuation: Swype from the comma, period, or other punctuation marks to the Space key. The punctuation and a Space will enter automatically.
  • Select All: To select all of the text you entered, just Swype from the Swype key to the 'A' key on the keyboard.
  • Copy: To copy text, highlight to select the text, then Swype from the Swype key to the 'C' key on the keyboard.
  • Cut: To cut text, highlight to select the text, then Swype from the Swype key to the 'X' key on the keyboard.
  • Paste: To paste text after performing a gesture to 'Copy' or 'Cut' the text, Swype from the Swype key to the 'V' key on the keyboard.
  • Search: To do a web search, highlight to select the text, then Swype from the Swype key to the 'S' key on the keyboard.
  • Launch Dragon Mobile Assistant from Swype: Users who have Dragon Mobile Assistant v3.1 and Swype v1.5 installed can launch Dragon Mobile Assistant from the Swype keyboard by Swyping from the Swype key to the Dragon key, or press-holding on the Dragon key. (US-only)
  • Num Pad: To quickly get to the Swype keyboard's num pad, Swype from the Swype key to the 'T' key.
  • Edit Layer: The Edit layer allows the you to move the cursor within text, as well as perform other editing tasks (Select All, Cut, Copy, Paste, etc.). To get to the Edit layer, Swype from the Swype key to the Symbols key (+!=) on the keyboard.
  • Change Languages: Quickly change between your current and previously-used languages by Swyping from the Swype key to the Space bar. You must use both languages before this gesture will work.
  • Capitalization: Capitalize a letter while Swyping by gliding your finger from the letter up past the top of the keyboard and, without lifting, gliding your finger back down to the next letter of the word.
  • Edit the Case of a Word: Change the case of a word after you enter it by tapping the word in the text field and then Swyping from the Swype key to the Shift key. A Word Choice List with capitalization options will display, allowing you to choose lower case, Capitalized, or ALL CAPS.
  • Hide the Swype Keyboard: To hide your Swype keyboard, Swype from the Swype key to the backspace key.
  • Disable Auto-spacing: You can disable Auto-spacing spacing by Swyping from the Space key to the backspace key.