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Using the Keyboard

Your Kindle Fire’s keyboard is much like the keyboard you use on your computer. However, unlike your computer’s keyboard, this one has no physical keys. Instead, your Kindle Fire’s keyboard uses touch, just like the rest of the interface.

At first, you might find the Kindle Fire’s keyboard a bit hard to get used to, especially if you’re typing a lengthy e-mail or document. After some time, however, you’ll find it to be an easy way to enter data.

Entering Text

Entering text using your Kindle Fire’s keyboard is a simple task, and a few convenient features make it easier.

  1. Tap an area where text entry is possible, such as an e-mail message.
  2. Tap letters on the keyboard to enter your text.
  3. Tap a suggested word to insert the word.

Positioning the Cursor

As you type, characters are added at the position of the cursor. You can reposition the cursor, if necessary.

  1. Tap in the text entry area.
  2. Tap a new position to move the cursor indicator.

Selecting and Editing Text

If you want to change or remove some of the text you’ve entered, you can select a block of text instead of deleting one character at a time.

  1. Double-tap the entered text.
  2. Drag the left indicator to the beginning of your desired selection.
  3. Drag the right indicator to the end of your desired selection.
  4. Press Backspace to delete the selection or type to replace the selection.

Copying/Cutting and Pasting Text

You might want to copy or cut a selection of text and then paste it somewhere else. You can paste text either within the same message or document or into another message or document.

  1. Double-tap the text you want to copy or cut.
  2. Drag the indicators to make your selection, or tap Select All.
  3. Tap Copy or Cut.
  4. Tap and hold where you want to paste the text you copied or cut.
  5. Tap Paste.

Entering Punctuation and Numbers

The most-often-used punctuation marks appear above the keyboard for easy access while you type. You can use the number keyboard to enter other punctuation, numbers, and symbols.

  1. Tap the number key to change the keyboard so that it displays numbers and punctuation marks.
  2. Tap the symbols key to change the keyboard so that it displays symbols.
  3. Tap a number, punctuation mark, or symbol to enter it.
  4. Tap the ABC key to return to the alphabet keyboard.

Adding Accent Marks and Diacriticals

If you are typing in a foreign language, you might need to add accent marks and diacriticals to certain letters. The letters that often require these marks are a, e, i, o, u, c, and n.

  1. Tap and hold a letter that requires an accent.
  2. Without lifting your finger from the keyboard, slide your finger to highlight the desired character and release.
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