Text navigation w/o pad

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  1. madonnell

    madonnell New Member

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    One real annoyance I continue to have with the Pro is the lack of navigation keys when I am editing text, including cursor movement (up/down/left/right) and text selection (for copy/paste/etc). The little magnifier thing when you hold your finger on the text does sort of work, but I find it rather imprecise and annoying when I simply want to move a few characters over. What I really want is to map a few alt-keys to give me navigation controls (obviously, would then need a way to reach the symbols I mapped over), but I don't see a tool to do this. Best I came up with was an app called SoftKeys, which, when correctly configured, gives me a small screen icon, which, when long pressed, brings up a nav pad on the screen. So-so. Anyone else come up with anything better? Along the same lines, anyone know of a really flexible key mapper that support side keys, keyboard keys, soft keys, etc?
     
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    Agreed. Drives me crazy when I've typed up a whole bunch of text in the browser and all I want to do is enter one word between two others. For the life of me, I keep touching between these two words and I'm always off by a character or two. I click and click and click and just can't get the cursor to get right between the words. And I have pretty skinny fingers. It's about the only time I ever miss my old BB trackball.
     
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    #3 travisn000, Feb 25, 2011
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    I'd love to see a future generation of the Pro come with hardware keys for the Menu, Home, Back, and Search keys, and incorporate a directional pad between them.
     
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    Originally there is a touchpad at the back, like the one shown in the verizon accessories. However I don't know why they take that out in the retail version :icon_eek:
     
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    Seems that "softkeys" requires rooting. Any apps that do the same thing that don't require that?
     
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    There is an app called virtual trackball in the market, which obviously requires root. Although the app is far from perfect, it can do the job of a basic track ball ;-)



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    Useful information, thanks.
     
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    maybe try....

    z arrow? if thats the kind of app ur looking for? check it out, it helped me with what i needed to do, which is similar to what i think ur saying.
     
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    goos feedback

    All,

    Good info.

    I'm trying z arrows right now. Better than my soft kbd solution.

    Going to look much closer at the keyboard remapping travisn000 referred to (got to start thinking like a linux/unix user vs a cellphone user). That seems 'ideal'.
     
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    Where can I find the z arrow app? I googled but don't find it anywhere.

    Btw, I used an app called ButtonRemapper to change my Voice key to a Down Arrow key, so now I can finally edit previous searches or form field entries.
     
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    Z arrow

    Hi, everyone.

    I tied Z arrow. It worked, but my problem was that when I had Z arrow set as my input method (which you need to do to make the "arrows" work), I wasn't getting spell check or autocorrect. I uninstalled because of that. If that doesn't bother you, then it is a pretty good app, except for the fact that it said it could track anything you ever type, which was creepy. Functioned well, though.