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How to write text

There are various ways of entering text when you write notes or messages. Follow these instructions to learn how to write text.

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Introduction
Text input is used in many of the device functions, such as notes and messages. The following steps require that you're writing text and that the keypad is visible.
Select text input settings
There are a number of different text input settings. The most important settings are described in the following steps.
Choose one of the following options:
Select keypad type, go to 2a.
Select writing language for QWERTY keypad, go to 2b.
Select writing language for Swype keypad, go to 2c.
Turn predictive text input for QWERTY keypad on or off, go to 2d.
Turn word suggestion for QWERTY keypad on or off, go to 2e.
Turn word suggestion for Swype keypad on or off, go to 2f.
2a - Select keypad type
Press and hold the message field until a pop-up menu is displayed.
Press Input method.
Press Swype or Samsung keypad.
Swype is a keypad where slide your finger across the keys instead of pressing them.
Samsung keypad is a keypad with one letter on each key.
2b - Select writing language for QWERTY keypad
Press the settings icon(a gear wheel).
Press Input language.
Press the required language.
When the box next to a language is ticked (V), it's selected.
Press the Return key twice to return to text input.
The selected language determines which characters are available and the dictionary used for predictive text input and word suggestion.
Before you can change writing language for the QWERTY keypad, you need to select Samsung keypad in step 2a.
2c - Select writing language for Swype keypad
Press and hold the Swype icon.
Press Options.
Press Language.
Press the required language.
Press the Return key to go back to text input.
The selected language determines which characters are available and the dictionary used for predictive text input and word suggestion.
Before you can change writing language for the Swype keypad, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
2d - Turn predictive text input for QWERTY keypad on or off
Press the settings icon (a gear wheel).
Press XT9 to turn the function on or off.
When the box next to the menu item is ticked (V), the function is turned on.
Press the Return key to go back to text input.
If you turn on predictive text input, words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
Before you can turn on predictive text input, you need to select Samsung keypad in step 2a.
2e - Turn word suggestion for QWERTY keypad on or off
Press the settings icon (a gear wheel).
Press XT9 advanced settings.
Press Word completion to turn the function on or off.
When the box next to the menu item is ticked (V), the function is turned on.
Press the Return key twice to return to text input.
If you turn on word suggestion, words are suggested as you key in the first letters.
Before you can turn word suggestion on or off, you need to select Samsung keypad in step 2a.
2f - Turn word suggestion for Swype keypad on or off
Press and hold the Swype icon.
Press Options.
Press Word prediction to turn the function on or off.
When the box next to the menu item is ticked (V), the function is turned on.
Press the Return key to go back to text input.
Before you can turn word suggestion on or off, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
How to write text
The following steps describe how to use the different keypad types when predictive text input and word suggestion are turned on.
Choose one of the following options:
Use QWERTY keypad, go to 3a.
Use Swype keypad, go to 3b.
Please note that the following steps require that you've selected a keypad type in step 2a.
3a - Use QWERTY keypad
Press once on each letter to write the required word.
A number of words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
Press the required word to insert it.
Press arrow down to see more words.
To key in numbers or symbols:
Press 123.
Press 1/3, 2/3 or 3/3 to see more symbols.
Press the required numbers or the required symbols.
Press ABC to return to text input.
Before you can write text using the QWERTY keypad, you need to select Samsung keypad in step 2a.
3b - Use the Swype keypad
Press the first letter of the required word and slide your finger, without lifting it, across all the letters in the word.
Lift your finger after the last letter.
Press the required word to insert it.
To key in numbers or symbols:
Press SYM.
Press the required numbers or the required symbols.
Press ABC to return to text input.
Before you can write text using the Swype keypad, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
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