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One-handed keyboard makes texting lightning fast

One-handed keyboard makes texting lightning fast
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Smartphones have made our lives so much easier in many ways, but the on-screen keyboard can drive you up the wall, especially if you need to write anything longer than a Tweet.

Most smartphone keyboards have tiny letters and little room for error for adult-sized fingers. And if you're texting with one hand, throw in even more typos and frustrations. Even the most careful writers can end up with embarrassing spelling mistakes. And you don't want to rely on autocorrect to fix them - usually it just makes things worse.

Luckily, the next big thing in keyboard technology is here. Microsoft, not Apple, as part of the Microsoft Garage Project, has released the Word Flow app, a new keyboard positioned at an angle to make it much easier to type on a mobile gadget, even with just your thumb! It's called Arc mode.

To get the Word Flow app enabled on your iOS device, first you'll need to download the app. Next, you'll go to your Settings > General > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Word Flow.

Next, you'll need to allow the keyboard full access for all of its functions to work - such as Arc mode - but let me show you why that might not be the best idea:

keyboardaccess

It reads: "Full access allows the developer of this keyboard to transmit anything you type, including the things you have previously typed with this keyboard. This could include sensitive information such as your credit card number or street address."

However, what you might not know is that all third-party keyboards have the same policy.

So once you've downloaded the app and decided to give permission - or not - you'll have to choose the theme and then you're on your way to smoother, one-handed typing. You can swipe instead of type and avoid embarrassing mistakes all at once!

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