android special characters keyboard

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2014-04
  • PaoloFCantoni

    Under Winodws, if I want to enter extended characters (such as "«") I canuse the Character Map application and the Alt+keypad numbers (such as Alt+0171 for the "«").

    How can I do this under Android? I know there are ways to do this under Linux, but is this infrastructure there under Android?

    Especially with tablets and phones and their special Android keyboards - which typically don't have Ctrl or Alt keys.

  • Answers
  • Izzy

    You might want to take a look at Hacker's Keyboard:

    A full 5-row keyboard including arrow and Esc/Ctrl keys, intended for tablets.

    Are you missing the key layout you're used to from your computer? This keyboard has separate number keys, punctuation in the usual places, and arrow keys. It is based on the AOSP Gingerbread soft keyboard, so it supports multitouch for the modifier keys.

    Hackers Keyboard hackers keyboard

    It supports a bunch of keyboard layouts -- though I'm not sure about the "special characters" being inserted using alt sequences.

    If you're mainly interested in being able to insert special characters (and don't care whether they are bound to alt-sequences or selectable by other means), I'd suggest to search the playstore for "charmap". This will yield about 10 results, the topmost of them would match your needs.


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    samsung galaxy s - Entering a backtick with the Swype keyboard
  • Niall C.

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S and use the Swype keyboard by default (OK, I'm addicted to it). Using Swype, I can't find the backtick character, `, which limits my ability to answer questions or add comments on these SE sites. It exists in the Android keyboard, but going to Settings > Locale and text midway through entering a post is a pain, especially if I want to switch back to Swype afterwards so I have to do it twice.

    I think I've done an exhaustive search of all the characters available (long press, extra-long-press, symbol key, etc.). Does the backtick exist in the Swype keyboard and I just haven't noticed it? If not, is there a way that I can customize the Swype keyboard to include the backtick?


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  • GAThrawn

    If you only need the backtick for when you're entering code on StackExchange sites, then there's actually no reason to type the character.

    Any time you're in a Question or Answer box, there's a set of icons just above the box, pressing the 101 010 button puts a pair of matching backticks into the text box at the current cursor location, with some replacable text in between, now just type over that text with Swype (or paste over). Works perfectly on my Galaxy S with Swype enabled.

    Edit For more recent versions of Swype, see MiquelFire's answer where the backtick is now available as an extended character on the .' key beside the space bar.

  • Saiboogu

    Another confirmation that the back tick isn't on Swype. But, you don't need to dig that deep to switch.. Long press in the input area, choose "Input method" and then you can select the Samsung or Android keyboards. Another long press and two clicks and you are back to Swype.

  • MiquelFire

    Holding down the '. key will get you a menu of extra characters to type. I saw the ` there.

    2012-10-09 Update: I recently check with the beta version of Swype, and noticed that the ` had moved to r4 key, but my original answer is still valid for the version of Swype built into my phone. Future versions of Swype may move special keys around, and you may need to hunt them down.

  • Webs

    I've never used that symbol on my phone before, but looked in my version of Swype, not the Galaxy S version but still the latest update, and didn't find the backtick. Looks like you will have to send an email to the Swype team and hope they listen, or get around using it. Sorry man.