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March 2, 2015
by Rachael Inake

Turning off predictive text

On your smartphone you’ll notice a really helpful feature called “predictive text” when you are typing or texting. Although this comes in handy, sometimes it can be annoying if it’s not predicting the words you were actually going to type. You can turn this feature off.

iOS8 (iPhone)

  • Temporarily, to make the QuickType suggestions go away as you are typing, swipe the grey bar down. To restore it, drag the grey bar up.
  • If you want to turn it off completely, press and hold the smiley face icon (icon to the left of the microphone icon) and toggle “Predictive” off. Alternatively, you can do this in your Settings > General > Keyboard and toggle predictive text off. You can toggle it back on if you want to enable predictive text later.

iPhone predictive text


Note: This might vary slightly depending on what version of Android you are running on your device.

  1. Go into Settings > Language and input.
  2. Click on the settings gear icon next to your default keyboard listed.
  3. Under “Smart typing” you can swipe to toggle predictive text off. To enable, you can swipe it back on.

Bonus Tips

For faster typing or texting on your smartphone or tablet, save time from having to press the period button and a space to then start your next sentence by simply pressing the space bar twice. This will automatically insert a period and a space for you. Or if you want to forgo typing altogether, try the microphone icon on the keyboard to speak and have it type your words for you. Say “period” to insert a period.

October 22, 2013
by Leanne Riseley

Help! My text is being overwritten as I type!

Has that happened to you? Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with your computer and there is an easy fix.

The Insert (Ins) key is a key commonly found on computer keyboards.

It is primarily used to toggle (switch) between the two text-entering modes: insert and overwrite. In insert mode (most common), from the cursor’s current position characters are inserted as you type, pushing all future characters back. In overwrite mode, from the cursor’s current position instead of pushing the text, it simply overwrites the exiting text.

So, the fix is simple…just hit the Insert key once and it toggles back to insert mode.

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