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Typing shortcuts

Depending on the typing input language that you are using, some shortcuts might not be available.

Common typing shortcuts

Insert a period

Press the Space key twice. The next letter is capitalized.

Capitalize a letter

Press and hold the letter key until the capitalized letter appears.

Type the alternate character on a key

Press and hold the Alt key and press the character key.

Type an accented or special character

Press and hold the letter key and slide your finger on the trackpad left or right. Click a selected character. For example, to type ü, press and hold 3 and slide your finger on the trackpad to the left until ü is highlighted. Click the trackpad.

Type a number in a number field

Press a number key. You do not need to press the Alt key.

Type a number in a text field

Press and hold the Alt key and press the number key.

Type a letter in a number field

Press and hold the Alt key and use the multi-tap input method.

Turn on NUM lock

Press the Shift key and the Alt key. To turn off NUM lock, press the Alt key.

To type a long word quickly

Type part of the word. In the list that appears when you type, highlight an item with the same initial letters as the word that you want to type. Slide your finger on the trackpad to the right.

Insert symbols

Insert an at sign (@) or a period (.) in an email address field

Press the Space key.

Type a symbol

Press the Symbol key. To view more symbols, press the Symbol key again. Type the letter that appears below the symbol.

Work with text

Highlight a line of text

Press and hold the Shift key and slide your finger on the trackpad up or down.

Highlight text character by character

Press and hold the Shift key and slide your finger on the trackpad left or right.

Cancel a text selection

Press the Escape key.

Cut highlighted text when typing

Press the Shift key and the Backspace/Delete key.

Copy highlighted text when typing

Press the Alt key and click the trackpad.

Paste highlighted text when typing

Press the Shift key and click the trackpad.

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