In this topic, we will show how to use the external keyboard. We will talk about the Android Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts that can help you to save time when working with the tablet, but first we will show you how to make the basic settings after connecting.
Setting up the desired layout
Once connected, you can already begin to type, but by default only the English layout of Android Bluetooth keyboard is installed. We will show a universal way to add the required languages and switch between them quickly.
- Download and install the free app “Gboard – Google ” from the GooglePlay.
- Connect your wireless keyboard according to the operating instructions.
- Next, go to the “System Settings” of the tablet.
- Select «Language and Input».
- Click on the gear next to the name of the installed application “Russian Keyboard”.
- In “Settings”, we need to select the external device for typing. Click the “Hardware Keyboard”.
- Next, select the desired settings for the layout by clicking “Choose layout”.
- In the list, select «ExternalKeyboardRU», and you can close the settings.
This scheme supports the entry of both Cyrillic and Latin characters. The next stage is to choose this method as the default input method, for this:
- Find the field for typing; it can be a browser address bar, mail, SMS or just a note.
- Tap the place where you need to enter your text and open the notifications bar.
- In the small menu, press “Choose input method”.
- Press «RussianKeyboard», and then all the text will be entered via the external typing device.
To change the language on Android Bluetooth keyboard quickly, tap Alt+Shift.
Hotkeys for Android keyboard
As we promised at the beginning of this article, we will provide a list of the combinations with the relevant actions for keyboards designed specifically for Android devices. They are distinguished by an additional set of keys: «Menu», «Search».
The list of combinations
Working on the desktop
А: add widget.
S: universal list.
W: change the wallpaper.
N: display the notifications.
P: run the settings menu.
B: start a web browser. C: open the address book. E: go to e-mail. G:Gmail client. P: music player. S: create SMS. Y: open the YouTube client.
When working in the web-browser:
J: back to the previous page. K: go to the next page. R: refresh the page. F: find the page. B: open bookmarks. A: add a bookmark. S: social bookmarks. H: sites history. S: browser settings. D: downloads. G: information about the page. E: highlight the text.
When typing the text
Delete: delete the character to the right of the cursor.
Shift(click twice): activate theCapsLock; pressShift again to deactivateit.
Left/Right: highlight the desired text.
Del: delete the entire row. Alt+Left: move the cursor to the beginning of the line. Alt+Right: move the cursor to the end of the line. Alt+Up: move the cursor to the top of the page. Alt+Down: move the cursor to the end of the page.
For Windows-based keyboards
Next, we will provide shortcuts for most ordinary keyboards.
Esc–replaces the “Back” button. Win+Esc– instead of “Home”. Ctrl+Esc– analogue of “Menu”. Alt+Tab- switching between applications.
SpaceorShift+Space- changes the layout. P – run the settings. M – applications management. W – change the wallpaper.
E – write an email. P – music player. A – calculator. S – write an SMS. L – calendar. C – contacts. B – browser. M – Google Maps. Space- search.
Ctrl+Alt+Del– reboot the device.
Commands for the browser
N/T – new tab +I/O – zoom in/out. J – download manager. R – refresh the page. F – search. B – bookmarks. H – history. D – add to bookmarks. S – share. G – information about the page. P – settings window. W – close the tab. L – switching to the address bar. С/V – copy/paste. Tab- switching between tabs of the browser.
Space/Shift+Space- scrolling the screen up/down.