One of the reasons Swype is so great is, of course, that I can write very fast no matter how lenghty is a word. But whenever I have to use a question mark, or an exclamation, I have to hit the shift key, then the punctuation, then shift again to continue writing. Is is possible to have a shortcut for this?

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The fastest way I've found is to actually swipe from the "m/?" or "z/!" keys directly to the space bar. That'll insert a punctuation mark and then a space. In the same fashion, you can insert a period or a comma. The other similar shortcut I use creates an "'s" by swiping from the apostrophe to the "s".

Some similar suggestions can be found in Swype's online reference, specifically in the "Swype Gestures" section of http://www.swype.com/tips/advanced-tips/.

  • +1 For providing some nice shortcuts I never knew about along with a website where's there's more. Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 14:44
  • perfect, thank you! :) I knew about period-space and also comma-space, but I had no idea m-space and z-space would also work. Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 14:45
  • Thanks, I was unaware of those shortcuts and I believe they will be very useful to me when ending sentences. Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 14:57
  • + 1 for making my favorite keyboard even faster!
    – TomG
    Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 21:08
  • No more long-pressing M for me!
    – MBraedley
    Commented Oct 20, 2011 at 19:44

You do not have to use shift, if you hold down the 'm' key for a longer time it will insert its alt key, a question mark.

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    +1 In fact anything on the top of any of the keys can be entered by long-pressing on the key for about half a second. If you long-press for even longer (around a second) you get a mini-menu popup with even more options for that key.
    – GAThrawn
    Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 12:31
  • +1 for you. I've had my Android for nearly 5 months and I didn't know this.
    – tombull89
    Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 13:42
  • It wasn't until I got Swype that I realized the same thing (holding the key down) works for the standard Android keyboard too. Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 13:52
  • Long-press works but unfortunately leads to the same problem from using shift: it takes longer time than just swiping. Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 14:44

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