Older version did this but now it only happens to the first word. "If I have a sentence like this" and wanted to delete all the way to "If I" I could have held down the delete key and after a second it would start deleting word by word.

  • I have seen my friend swiping left over the keyboard to delete the words.
    – roxan
    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:29
  • @roxan can you elaborate "left over the keyboard"?
    – Celeritas
    Oct 25, 2012 at 6:24
  • Just swipe your fingers from right to left over the home rows of your keyboard.
    – roxan
    Oct 25, 2012 at 11:49
  • What is "home row"? Can you post an example of screen shot or video?
    – Celeritas
    Oct 26, 2012 at 3:10
  • Slide your finger over ";lkjhgfdsa" keys on the swype keyboard.
    – roxan
    Oct 26, 2012 at 8:11

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Looks like this feature was disabled in the latest version of Swype: http://forum.swype.com/archive/index.php/t-6439.html

phargarten 06-22-2012, 11:16 AM Hey Swypers,

We've changed the delete behavior a bit -- and while it took me a day to get used to it, I have to say it has sped up my Swyping a bit. So here's a couple changes we've made to the deletion behavior:

  1. Pressing delete after Swyping a word will delete the entire word. We find that Swype is rarely off by a little. If we don't guess the word you want, you probably want to delete the whole word and Swype again, rather than deleting a few characters. So delete after a Swyped word will delete the entire word.
  2. For this reason, the long press "Delete word back" function has been removed.

Remember, you can always press the Swype key to highlight the word next to the cursor. Swype another word to replace the highlighted text.

Cheers and Happy Swyping!


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