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Got Gboard? 12 hidden shortcuts for faster Android typing

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If there’s one app you rely on more than any other on your phone, it’s probably the app that controls your on-screen keyboard.

It’s a funny sort of realization, I realize — ’cause a keyboard isn’t typically something you even think about opening in any traditional sense. I mean, heck, keyboard apps don’t even usually have icons in the Android app drawer! They’re practically invisible, at least in terms of the way we tend to think about apps.

But every time you tap out text into your device, you’d better believe it’s the keyboard app you’re using. And you’d better believe there’s more to your phone’s keyboard than what you see on the surface.

Especially when it comes to Google’s Gboard — the default “stock” keyboard for Android, as a platform — there are tons of useful and interesting shortcuts that can save you time and make your text inputting easier, more efficient, and more effective. And odds are, you’ve never realized most of ’em exist.

So let’s change that, shall we? Here are some outstanding out-of-sight options that’ll bring a turbo boost to your Gboard typing experience and help you stay extra productive when working from your phone.

Gboard shortcut #1: Careful cursor control

Ever find yourself in the midst of typing an email or a chat message and then realize you need to add or change something several characters back? We’ve all been there — and trying to get that tiny on-screen cursor exactly where you want it can drive even the most patient person positively batty.

Well, Gboard has a hidden answer: Just touch your finger to the space bar, and — without lifting it up — slide it to the left or right. That’ll move your cursor accordingly and let you place it wherever it’s needed.

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If sliding on the space bar doesn’t do anything for you, don’t panic: Just tap the gear-shaped icon within Gboard’s upper row (or if you don’t see that icon in the keyboard’s top row, tap the three-dot menu icon within that same area and then find the gear icon in the larger menu that comes up). Within the keyboard’s settings, select “Glide typing” and make sure the toggle next to “Enable gesture cursor control” is activated and in the on position.

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