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I'm using the standard full QWERTY on-screen keyboard on my HTC Desire S, and when typing in to any app it seems that I cannot type it's without manually inserting the ', which is relatively slow and cumbersome, especially considering many other abbreviations work fine (eg, c, a, n, t -> can't).

If I type i, t, s then the default word that is presented is its, but in the word selection list I am presented with It's as a second choice; always capitalised. it's is not presented as a choice anywhere in the list of suggestions.

The phone seems to only capitalise anything else following a full stop or new line, and gets many other abbreviations correct, so why the misbehaviour for it's? And how do I fix it?

I've already tried adding it's to the dictionary (and checked that It's isn't there), but that didn't work.

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That's...odd. I've never seen that before. – Al E. Jul 5 '11 at 13:06
up vote 8 down vote accepted

It seems that asking this question has encouraged me actually make a proper effort to poke around the phone's settings enough to find a workable solution, which is to enable Spell correction for the QWERTY keyboard word suggestions / predictions.

The option is enabled in the location:

  • Settings

  • Language & Keyboard

  • Touch Input

  • Text Input
    • QWERTY section
      • Spell correction

Now, typing i,t,s mid sentence will produce the suggested words its, Its, it's, which is pretty much acceptable for me. it's might be third, but it's listed and that's what counts!

I don't know if this is a common problem or if the default setting for Spell correction is on or off, so I don't know what the cause of the problem was, but at least it's sort of fixed.

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check your user dictionary, perhaps you have the capitalized "It's" in your user dictionary? – Lie Ryan Jul 5 '11 at 20:14
@Lie Ryan: It is stated in the question that it is not. – Kevin M Jul 5 '11 at 21:18

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