It has been quite some time since the launch of the Google keyboard (or Gboard as it’s called) and we one can’t stop praising its power packed features. Ranging from quick-on-the-fingertip punctuations to gliding across the keyboard, this amazing app has a lot of tricks up its sleeves.
You might be aware of few of these tricks and you will discover some amazing new ones in this list today.
So, let’s have a quick roundup of the tips and tricks that make Gboard what it is.
#1 Google Translate
A fairly new addition, this feature enables translating words and sentences in real time. What’s great about this feature is that it lets you choose both the source language and the target language.
So the next time you want to greet someone in their native language, type in your language of choice and the rest will be taken care by Gboard. All you have to do is tap on the G icon and hit the translate icon. There are over 90+ languages to choose from and the frequently used languages make their way to the top of the list.
#2 Browsing & deleting text
Let’s admit it, selecting and browsing through text is quite a task. The smaller the phone, the more difficult it gets.With Gboard, however, that’s not the situation.
Gesture cursor control lets you slide easily through texts and also allows prompt text deletion.
All you need to do is swipe back and forth on the space bar for easy browsing. For deleting text, swipe over the backspace key and the words will be swiftly removed.
#3 Sync and win
The more you use a keyboard, the better it gets at predicting what you want to say. If you get a new device, the training starts from scratch on the new device. But there is a workaround. You can sync your devices so that the keyboard doesn’t need to relearn.
Tap the Google icon > Settings > Dictionary. In the Dictionary options, slide the Sync learned words option on.Tap OK on the popup screen and then choose which Google account you want to use to sync your devices. Tap OK again and you’re done.
#4 GIF & Emoji search on the go
GIF and emojis never fail to add a fun element in any chat. But if only one could send them from the keyboard, right? Well, Gboard has you covered in that aspect. You can search for the right emoji or GIF, instead of scrolling through the pages.
Just like the GIF search in FB messenger, all you need to do is type in the keyword and the list would be displayed almost instantly.
GIF search has to be supported by the platform on which you are typing. Currently, WhatsApp doesn’t support this feature and so the GIF tab will be disabled.
#5 Double space acts as period
Most of the time one ends up inserting a space when all you wanted was a period. But that’s no longer an issue with the Gboard.
This awesome feature of Gboard automatically inserts a period and space in your sentence when you double-tap on the space bar.
This is a very convenient feature as it saves you from the hassle of pressing the wrong key.
#6 Number pad
While typing out numbers, if the conventional numeric pad seems a tad smaller for you, you can always expand it using this amazing shortcut.
Tap on the special character key and then on the (1234) key right of the space bar. There you have it, the numeric keypad expanded.
This terrific feature of Gboard lets you type in fractions with just a single finger tap. Long-tap on any of the numeric keys and it will bring up amazing options for fractions such as 1/2, 1/3 or 3/8.
#8 Voice search
Another great feature is the voice search. Now you can easily switch between the typing and speaking modes, with just a flick of a key.
All you need to do is hit the mic icon or any key when you’re done speaking. Gboard’s voice typing is smooth and seamless with an awesome understanding of the natural language.
#9 One-handed mode
For phones with bigger displays, sometimes it gets difficult to reach the other end of the keyboard if you are typing with only one hand. The one-handed mode of the Gboard can come to the rescue in such situations.
It makes the keyboard shrink to one side, and this makes for a smoother experience of typing with one hand.
To enable this mode, long-press on the comma key and drag your finger towards the ‘hand in a square’ icon and Lo, you have a tiny keyboard.
Tap on the arrow icon to change the side of the keyboard.
#10 Instant search
You can search Google and share your results while you text. Tap the Google icon, type what you’re looking for into the text bar and tap Enter, or tap on some of the autopopulated questions.
Once you get the answer you’re looking for, tap on the Share icon at the bottom of the screen to send the results to the person you’re texting. Sometimes the results of your search will autopopulate into the text bar, and you can simply tap the Send button to share.