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Choosing Your Onscreen Keyboard

Windows 8 has expanded the virtual keyboard you can use on your touch devices and enhanced the keyboard's accuracy. What's more, the keyboard suggests words as you type (similar to the text feature in Windows Phone 7), which can help to reduce the time you spend hunting-and-pecking on the screen.

Knowing that many users will be working with touch on a Windows 8 tablet, Microsoft also included a new thumbs keyboard, designed to make it easy for you to type while you're holding your tablet in both hands. The keyboard is divided into two key pallets, located in the lower-left and lower-right corners of the screen. You can switch among keyboards and pen input by tapping the keyboard tool in the lower-right corner of the keyboard (see Figure 4).

Figure 4

Figure 4 A little fancy fingerwork on the divided Windows 8 keyboard makes typing and holding a tablet possible at the same time.

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