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Questions tagged [keyboard-shortcuts]

Keyboard shortcuts are "hotkeys" defined for the physical or virtual keyboard to quickly access functionalities which otherwise would require multiple strokes/taps to be accessed.

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Is there a way to lock an Android device using a keyboard?

Somewhat imperfect comparison: in Windows, you can simply press Win+L to lock Windows. Is there a similar keyboard shortcut in Android?
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Insert today's date in Google Sheets

I use Ctrl+; to insert today's date since my Microsoft Excel times, but how do I do it in Google Sheets app on my Android phone, without a keyboard?
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Why do text input methods generally omit an undo function?

I'm reading through my keyboard's resource documentation (I use MessagEase normally), and I see that they state: Please note the Android does not provide any Undo. However, I know this isn't ...
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Android custom keyboard shortcuts

I have a galaxy tab 10.1 connected (by Bluetooth) to a hardware keyboard. What I couldn't figure out was how to use custom shortcuts to do specific task the same way I do it on my pc. For instance, ...
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BlueStacks: Is there a keyboard shortcut for the menu button?

Instead of hitting the menu button with the mouse, is there any keyboard shortcut?
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How can I emulate ctrl-Z (undo) in Android 4.1.2 on a Galaxy Note 3?

Based on this question and this question and this issue, it sounds like Android basically doesn't have undo/redo functionality. (I guess? Correct me if I've misunderstood or if the situation has ...
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How to type fractions like ⅝ in keyboard?

Is there any way to create fractions that are not listed on the pop-up list?
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Keyboard shortcut to enter commonly-used email address

Is there any keyboard shortcuts on Android? I want to enter my commonly-used email address easily, because most apps require an account.
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Gboard: select current word, and compound words in German language

I'm using gboard from Google and I absolutely love it. I just have two questions about it because I come from using Swype which has a lot of nice and useful features to quickly which i miss heavily: ...
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How to create a hardware shortcuts in Android 4.3?

I have Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 running the latest firmware with Android 4.3. I want to create "hardware shortcuts". For example, if I hold volume up and home at the same time, then it'll open an ...
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Android external keyboard layout switch

I have and Android tablet and using external keyboard with it. Is there any shortcut or another quick way to change keyboard layout on the fly (like on desktop, e.g. Alt+Shift)?
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Browser keyboard refresh shortcut for Android 2.3.7?

I would like to know if there is any way to associate a keyboard shortcut for refreshing a webpage in Android with physical keyboard version 2.3.7.
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Notification bar key-binding?

I have a bluetooth keyboard that I've set up in such a way that I can essentially use every function on my phone using just they keyboard, with home and menu and arrow keys and such. The only major ...
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Switching app with physical keyboard, with one click "alt + tab"

I love android's exensive support for keyboard, even "app switching" works almost exactly as in Windows/Mac OS/Some graphical Linux disitros. When you click "alt+tab" it shows: But what bothers me ...
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How to disable Shift + Space to change language on Android?

I am using Android 11 (Build Number RP1A.201005.004.A1) on a Google Pixel 2 XL with an external BlueTooth keyboard (Logitech K480). In my normal typing on a desktop or a laptop, I am very used to ...
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Controling YouTube using keyboard with Samsung Dex

In the YouTube app using Samsung DeX, I can't figure how to use the keyboard to do things like turn the volume up/down, pause the video, and things like that. It looks like the app is not configured ...
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Disable meta+[letter] keyboard shortcuts

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 Relay with a built-in keyboard running CM11. I am trying to edit the keyboard layout, but some existing shortcuts are interfering with the new ones I am trying to add. For ...
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How do I configure the keyboard and mouse in BlueStacks?

What's the best way to edit the keymap and mouse controls for BlueStacks in any particular android application? For example, right now I've recently picked up Future Fight and I'd like to bind 1 and ...
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Compose key on external blutooth-connected keyboard

I have a Reudo RBK-3000BT VER 1.0 keyboard connected by Bluetooth to an Android 4.2.2 phone. Can I use a compose key feature with such a keyboard? For instance I would type CAPSLOCK+^+o and it would ...
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Gboard: Set Custom Unicode Characters on Longpress or Add Custom Keyboard Keys or Layout

On Gboard, when I long-press the "a" character, for example, I can see some other "a" characters pop up which have different marks or diacritics on them. By using long-press, I am able to easily type ...
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In my keyboard, is there a way to advance or backup the insertion point?

Using the keyboard in Cyanogenmod, sometimes while typing in a sentence, I see a point where I would like to make an edit. Presently, I do this by touching with my finger where I want the insertion ...
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Is Android associated with a specific set of control keys?

Windows systems typically have three control keys: Control, Alt, and the Windows key. Mac systems have Command ⌘, Option/Alt, and Control. There is historical precedent for a system having even more ...
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Samsung note 3 keyboard shortcuts

Any keyboard shortcuts comparable to their windows counterparts on the note 3? Ex. Copy and paste ctrl-c and ctrl-p. Looking for a alternate way despite pressing and holding a field of text. Any ...
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Application keyboard shortcuts

In CM7 (now running CM9 on my EVO 4G) there was an option somewhere in the settings to set keyboard shortcuts (I think it was limited to Search+[key] combinations). I loved using this with my ...
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Keyboard shortcut to switch languages with a Logitech K480 or MK270?

Backstory: For years I've been using android devices to type in multiple languages. At first I had to use an app like AnySoftKeyboard or fiddle with android settings every time I wanted to switch ...
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Show/Hide Keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy S2

I used to have a HTC Magic, and I recently switched to a Samsung Galaxy S2. One thing I miss is the ability to Show/hide the keyboard, on the HTC Magic, a long press of the menu key toggled the ...
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What is the keyboard shortcut to send mail in Google Inbox?

I often use a bluetooth keyboard with my tablet and use keyboard shortcuts everywhere. In the Gmail app and in the web versions of both gmail and inbox, the shortcut to send a mail you're writing is ...
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Remapping hardware key on keyboard to trigger voice input

On my Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro running CyanogenMod 10, what I am trying to do is remap a key I never really use, like the capslock key, to trigger voice input. I know keys can be remapped ...
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Alternate (keyboard) task switching method for CM9

I frequently switch between a terminal and a web browser/kindle while working on the device with a bluetooth keyboard. The method I used on the stock 3.2 (with TouchWiz) ROM: press the home key on ...
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Copy app URL from Google Play

In Google Play, how do I copy the URL of an app I'm browsing so that I can paste it into a post or on a word document or notepad using my Android device? In a web browser it's easy to do this, but ...
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Shortcut key to hide all windows on Samsung DeX

Is there a shortcut in Samsung DeX to minimize all windows and display the desktop?
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Switch keyboards quickly

I've got a Samsung Galaxy Note with SlideIt installed which works wonderfully. But I can't write with my pen anymore. So how do I switch VERY QUICKLY to the Samsung keyboard and back?
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How can I close my current app via a keyboard shortcut?

On Windows or Linux, ALT+F4 closes the application (well, window) that is focused. Is there anything similar on Android (9.0 Pie) ? I have a phone with a keyboard but without function keys. I find it ...
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Home shortcut on Apple bluetooth keyboard

I'm using an Apple Bluetooth keyboard with my Android 7.0 tablet. The software keyboard I'm using is Swiftkey. I use Swiftkey because it's one of only two keyboards capable of typing the Maltese ...
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Complete list of hardware keyboard shortcuts for Desire Z?

I like to use the hardware keyboard of the Desire Z including shortcuts, however I haven't found a complete list. For example, the HTC help pages don't mention Function + Backspace = Deletion of text ...
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Disable Alt+Tab physical keyboard shortcut

Is there any way to disable the Alt+Tab shortcut when using physical keyboard on android phone ,I'm using xiaomi Mi a2 phone.
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Switching between keyboards with Bluetooth keyboard with cmd + space shortcut

I use an Apple Bluetooth Keyboard with External Keyboard Helper Pro as my keyboard of choice on an Android 7.0 Tablet. I use Gboard when I'm not using the external keyboard. When the external keyboard ...
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AutoHotKey equivalent? (paste timestamp, open app, external keyboard, etc.) [closed]

Desktop PCs have AutoHotKey, AutoKey, IronKey, etc. . But as far as known, nothing compareable for mobile phones. I would like to be able to do things like: Instantly pasting timestamp in preferred ...
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Shortcut key to focus the address bar in Firefox for Android

I'm using a Bluetooth keyboard with my Android tablet with Firefox (57+). I tried Ctrl+L, Alt+D to focus the address bar, but it does not work. Is there a shortcut (not using "F" Keys) for focusing ...
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Entering a pattern using the keyboard

I am using a keyboard with my android phone (connected via a usb otg cable) I have noted that hitting SPC or RET when the phone is locked takes me to the unlock screen where i have to enter a pattern....
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How can I create a keyboard shortcut for a phrase?

On Apple iOS, there is a section in the settings where you can assign a letter sequence ("shortcut") to any text you want. When you type that letter sequence, the text you assigned to it shows up as ...
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How to map hard key combinations to keys in Motorola Photon Q XT897?

I have a rooted XT897 (Motorola Photon Q) running Android 4.1.2, although this should apply to any phone with a physical keyboard. The keyboard on the phone is sorely lacking keys such as <,>,{,},,[...
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Add an email address as a shortcut in Android phone

I am using an LG G2 phone with the standard keyboard. I wanted to add a shortcut or entry to the personal dictionary so that I wouldn't have to type out my email address all the time. However it is ...
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Alternative to 'Tab' for external keyboard hyperlink selection/navigation?

On Chrome for Windows using Ctrl-F to search for link text and then Ctrl-Enter (or Esc then Enter) to open the link is a method. But it doesn't appear to work on the mobile version (on my Nexus 7 with ...
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How to stop Vlingo Voice Talk coming up on double-tapping?

Maybe my home button is getting a bit bouncy but I'm getting this annoying app constantly coming up, blasting out "What would you like do". O/S 2.3.5. Is there a way of reconfiguring double-tap or ...
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Map keys to touchscreen

Not sure of this is a good question for here or stack overflow... I can move it if needed. I'm running android on a mobile device... but I really just use it as a computer. I have a wireless mouse/...
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No more puncuation shortcuts in lollipop google keyboard?

In KitKat, there used to be some punctuation shortcuts in google's keyboard. For example, you'd press and hold a key (usually in the lower rows, like 'v'), and you could add a question mark, ...
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Equivalent of the Control + F to search text in PDF

Is there in Android an equivalent of the control + F search in texts and OCR PDF? In browser we have "find in page" options. But for PDF I didn't find such option. Is there shortcuts to make such ...
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How can I use the camera button to pause/resume mp3?

How can I change camera button functionally and use it (or any other physical button) to pause/resume mp3 in a media player app? It is very important for my, because I want be able to pause/resume mp3 ...
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How do I plug in an emoticon into my keyboard

I have the original Swype keyboard on Android 4.4.2 (KitKat). When I type some words, sometimes some emoticons appear, and I can click on them to insert them into the text flow. This is handy at ...