Learn how to enter letters, numbers, and special characters.

Enter text with the virtual keyboard

Virtual keyboard

Learn how to use the virtual keyboard to enter text.

Use the virtual keyboard

Virtual keyboard

To activate the virtual keyboard, select a text input field. You may use the virtual keyboard both in landscape and portrait mode.

Virtual keyboard in portrait mode may not be available in all writing languages.

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1 - Virtual keyboard

2 - Close key - Close the virtual keyboard.

3 - Shift and caps lock key - To enter an upper case character when writing in lower case, or vice versa, select the key before entering the character. To activate caps lock mode, select the key twice.

4 - Character range - Select the desired character range, such as numbers or special characters.

5 - Arrows keys - Move the cursor left or right.

6 - Space bar - Insert a space.

7 - Input menu - Activate predictive text input, or change the writing language.

8 - Enter key - Move the cursor to the next row or text input field. Additional functions are based on the current context. For example, in the web address field of the web browser, it acts as the Go icon.

9 - Backspace key - Delete a character.

Switch between the virtual keyboard and keypad in portrait mode

Select qgn-indi-itut-options.jpg > Alphanumeric keypad or Full screen QWERTY.

Add an accent to a character

Select and hold the character.

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Enter text with the virtual keypad

Virtual keypad

Use the virtual keypad

Virtual keypad

If you prefer to use the alphanumeric keypad when writing in portrait mode, you can switch from the virtual keyboard to the virtual keypad.

  1. Select a text input field.

  2. Select qgn-indi-itut-options.jpg > Alphanumeric keypad.

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1 - Number keys

2 - * - Enter a special character, or when predictive text input mode is activated and the word underlined, cycle through the word candidates.

3 - Shift key - Change the character case. To activate or deactivate predictive text input mode, quickly select the key twice. To switch between the letter and number modes, select and hold the key.

4 - Close key - Close the virtual keypad.

5 - Arrow keys - Move the cursor left or right.

6 - Input menu - Activate predictive text input, change the writing language, or switch to the virtual keyboard.

7 - Backspace key - Delete a character.

8 - Text input indicator (if available) - Indicates the character case, and if letter or number mode or predictive text input mode is activated.

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Activate traditional text input with the virtual keypad

Keypad traditional text

Select # twice.

Enter a character

  1. Select a number key (1-9) repeatedly, until the desired character is displayed. There are more characters available than are visible on the key.

  2. If the next letter is located on the same key, wait until the cursor is displayed or move the cursor forward, and select the key again.

Insert a space

Select 0.

Move the cursor to the next line

Select 0 three times.

Activate predictive text input with the virtual keypad

Keypad predictive text

Predictive text input is based on a built-in dictionary to which you can add new words. Predictive text input is not available for all languages.

  1. Select qgn-indi-itut-options.jpg > Activate predictive text.

  2. To write the desired word, use the keys 2-9. Select each key once for each letter. For example, to write Nokia when the English dictionary is selected, select 6 for N, 6 for o, 5 for k, 4 for i, and 2 for a.

    The word suggestion changes after each key selection.

  3. If the word is not correct, select * repeatedly, until the correct match is displayed. If the word is not in the dictionary, select Spell, and enter the word using traditional text input mode, and select OK.

    If ? is displayed after the word, the word is not in the dictionary. To add a word to the dictionary, select *, enter the word using traditional text input mode, and select OK.

  4. To insert a space, select 0. To insert a common punctuation mark, select 1, and then select * repeatedly, until the correct punctuation mark is displayed.

  5. Start writing the next word.

Deactivate predictive text input

Quickly select # twice.

Define the writing language

Define writing language

Select Menu > Settings and Phone > Touch input > Writing language.

Change the language when writing

Select Input options icon > Input options > Writing language or Input options icon > Writing language.

Available options may vary.