Sony Xperia Arc

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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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Text input is used in many of the phone 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, go to 2b.
Turn word suggestion on or off, go to 2c.
2a - Select keypad type
Press and hold the text input field until a pop-up menu is displayed.
Press Input method.
Press Default input.
Default input is a QWERTY keypad with one letter on each key.
2b - Select writing language
To select available languages:
Press and hold the settings icon.
Press Writing languages.
Press the box next to the required language.
When the box next to the language is ticked (V), it's selected.
Press the Return key to return to writing letters.
To change language:
Press the text input field.
Press the language icon the necessary number of times to select the required language.
The selected language is displayed.
The selected language determines which characters are available and the language used for word suggestion.
Please note that the language icon isn't available until you've selected a least two languages.
2c - Turn word suggestion on or off
Press and hold the settings icon.
Press Quick text settings.
Press Word suggestions.
Press the required setting.
Press the Return key twice to return to the text input field.
If you turn on word suggestion, words are suggested as you key in the first letters.
Write text
This step describes how to write text when word suggestion is turned on.
Press the letter keys to key in the required word.
A number of words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
If required, press arrow right to see more word suggestions.
Press the required word to insert it.
To key in one or more digits:
Press 12!?.
Press the required numbers to insert them.
Press Abc to return to text input.
To key in one or more symbols:
Press 12!?.
Press 1|2 to see more symbols.
Press the required symbols to insert them.
Press Abc to return to text input.
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