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I use a Nexus 7 and in landscape and when typing and when pressing the space bar I occasionally hit the home menu key by mistake. I have used "Imersive mode" but I like the status bar to show with the clock so that is not solution.

Is there a way to move that soft menu to the left of the keyboard or somewhere else so I don't activate a menu while typing?

PS: The Device is rooted

  • What launcher do you use? – user1595 Sep 18 '14 at 3:50
  • @DainBinder Nova Laucher but I'm not tied to it. – Meer Borg Sep 18 '14 at 15:02
  • Are you looking for this? forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2005377 – MANI Sep 20 '14 at 12:21
  • @MANI Lol, then I would hit the menu key instead ;) – Meer Borg Sep 22 '14 at 23:58
  • @meerborg - lol ;) that was just a suggestion. I want to know if your problem solved? – MANI Sep 23 '14 at 3:50
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I would recommend app GMD Auto Hide Soft Keys ★ root in playstore as your device is rooted.

or Try this one..

[APP][4.0+]Ultimate Dynamic Navbar from XDA Developer.

For avoiding permission issues, use App Ops

  • Ultimate dynamimic nav bar did the trick. Right permissions, allows me to keep hacker keyboard and most of all that navbar is out of the way. PS XPrivacy is way better than App Ops and works with most versions of Android – Meer Borg Sep 24 '14 at 22:41
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You can use swiftkey to have a split-ed key board and avoid reaching to the home button. like this one: enter image description here

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    Not only is this answer a good solution, it should be rewarded extra points for the bizarre example email. – Nick Coad Sep 21 '14 at 22:58
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    @gnack yep that's very true, pity asking "What does Christopher's hair actually do" is probably off topic for here, so we may never know!! – RossC Sep 22 '14 at 10:00
  • Tried installing it, needs network access and access to SD storage and need to accept some user agreement when installing. I have Hacker Keyboard installed at the moment and needs no access. From a security point of view I might as well publish my passwords on the internet. Although your solution is creative – Meer Borg Sep 22 '14 at 23:51
  • @MeerBorg It needs those things for downloading and installing language packs. – Nick Coad Sep 23 '14 at 1:13
  • @MeeBorg : it is very important to accept that to install swift key. and it need internet connection only once after you install it for downloading the language packs – ravi Sep 25 '14 at 2:57
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The easiest way to avoid accidentally touching the home button is to use a soft keyboard with longer space bar . For example Go keyboard has a bigger space bar that occupies ~50% of the screen width. So space can be touched long away from the home button.

  • As this too needs internet access, as it has in app purchases, its a security issue. – Meer Borg Sep 22 '14 at 23:56
  • then try w10 keyboard. no ABCD, different approach but no internet access . – totti Sep 23 '14 at 7:48
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Caveat: all app suggestions and links here are to exemplify apps that could help; use your own caution and Google-fu to choose your apps. In no way I am endorsing those apps, or even have them installed. If needed, browse related apps that suit your security requirements.

Thie app below is really new, so take the 4.9 rating with a grain of salt... But it has NO permissions, so it might be safe.
If your issue is being able to see the clock, you could try some floating clock app, like this one.
Then you would be able to use immersive mode and hide the home key.

  1. Or you could move the soft buttons using some app like this other one.
  2. You could try not to do anything with the device, and train yourself to memorize the position of the space bar.
    Its not that small in a 7 inch screen, IF you have average hand dexterity
    (we must cater to the people with disabilities, so a huge IF).
    I would recommend playing this game, rythim games really helps improving tapping precision.

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