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Can keyboard be customized?

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid X' started by theclemsonfan, Jul 19, 2010.

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    Space bar on droid X is to narrow, i keep putting . between each word rather than a space. Any way to customize the keyboard to widen the space bar?
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    Try out the gimpsta customized HTC IME keyboard. I'm loving it. I originally had it on my MOTO Droid. Best out in my opinion.

    DX Tapatalk Pro
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    thx for the reply, i went to gimpsta.com and it lets you change colors and graphics, but i couldnt find a way to change the width of the space bar, anyway to do that?
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    I thought i was the only one that had this issue. I find i have to type a lot slower so that i don't hit the period.

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
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    turn it

    I usually just turn it counterclockwise, 90 degrees to the left on its side; I can type much more accurately.
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    Coming from a phone that always had a physical qwerty keyboard, I am realizing how much slower I have to type to make sure my fingers hit the right keys... I am slowly increasing speed, but its definitely been an adjustment! I came to the DX from the Devour and I loved that physical keyboard. Any other keyboard suggestions would be greatly appreciated here too, any customization and such. I do have to turn the phone to the landscape position to really fly across the keys otherwise my bigger fingers hit wrong buttons.
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    I'm in the same boat, but adjusting. That.space.key.is.my.only.gripe.
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    I'm a big fan of swype so far, and you can set it to automatically space before each word.
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    I know this space bar thing is also an issue for me. I'm going post about it in the App development for somebody to make a nice user friendly keyboard for us heavy texters.
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    Heh I've seen few people mention it but I RARELY ever hit the . or , by accident. I'm an extremely heavy texter (1200 sent in past 7 days :icon_eek:) and couldn't live without HTC_IME mod! Should probably also mention I have rather large hands and type in portrait mode too!

    Have you guys ever recalibrated the keyboard?? Maybe the stock calibration values just don't work well for you?

    I've actually played around with adding an option to the skin kitchen for a bigger space bar but got put on the back burner to other things as it just simply doesn't happen to me enough to bother. Maybe i'll dig thru my notes and try to see how far I got with that option (don't remember, to be honest ha).

    I recommend the above mentioned keyboard. There are a lot of options to play around with but you can really make the typing experience a lot better. One of the biggest things is to use a keyboard with GOOD auto correction, and stop fixing your errors. I find that probably 90% of my typo's get auto corrected to the word I wanted to type anyway (with htc_ime mod you can just tap space to insert the selected word in the suggestion bar).

    Other settings in htc_ime mod that I find improve my speed:

    Custom popup delay set to 250ms. this is the delay of how long you have to hold a button to get the secondary character (or characters) to display. 250 ms is just fast enough that it's so much quicker to long press a button then to switch keyboard pages (#12 button, abc button, whatever) to get it's secondary character (number, symbols, etc).

    Disabled space after period (you can still double tap space to insert period then space after a word and less time deleting a space in the cases you dont want one after the .)

    Swipe up for shift, swipe left for delete last word, and swipe right to move to end of next word.

    Your mileage may vary, but majority of the time I can type as fast on this as I ever could on any of my blackberries or other phones with physical qwerty's (which is pretty fast haha). Hardest thing is to retrain your self not to hit backspace but just keep going and let the autocorrect fix it.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2010
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    Where can I get the HTC_IME mod keyboard?
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    Ok cool, thanks!!
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    is that the same keyboard the incredible sports?
    I am looking for one that has the virtual button to get out of keyboard mode instead of hitting the return button(physical)

    thanksdancedroid
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    Yeah it's a heavily modified version of that keyboard. I assume you are talking about the "hide keyboard" button? By default it's a smilies button instead of close keyboard but you can disable "smilies hack" in the settings to change it back to close keyboard and you can also set a gesture to close it, ie swipe down to hide keyboard.

    Hope that's what you were asking about?
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    YES, thanks.
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    one thing i wish the dx could do is, put a period after pressing space bar twice. i got so used to that with bb's and iphone
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    HTC_IME mod I've been raving about in this thread does do this. That's the only way I ever insert a space. It may be an option that I enabled and don't remember enabling, but it def does it!
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    I just switched to the X from iPhone. This is my first Droid and I was having the same issue with the space and period as discussed here. I followed Gimpstas advice and the HTC IMC is definitely much easier. Bigger space and easier to use. Also adjusted the delay on # to 250 ms and it is much easier than anything else I've used. Only little thing I'm noticing so far is it doesn't auto capitalize after a period, but that is probably a setting I missed somewhere.

    Also auto capitalized I, I'm, I've, which the regulations X keyboard didn't do.
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