Windows 10 Fall Creators Update adds one-handed touch keyboard support for tablets

By: Madeleine Dean
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When holding your Windows 10 tablet in your hands, using both hands to interact with it can get difficult. The good news is that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will make it easier for you to use your tablet using just one hand.

Windows 10 one-handed layout

The latest Windows 10 build revealed an interesting new feature for tablets that adds a new keyboard layout to use your tablet with one hand. This keyboard takes the place of the previous split keyboard layout.

Following extensive research on tablet postures, we’re adding a new keyboard layout to provide the most comfort when holding the device in your hands! It looks similar to a phone keyboard – smaller and more narrow. You can freely put this smaller touch keyboard wherever you want (although we recommend docked to the side of your screen ) and use it with one hand. To switch between languages, press and hold on the &123 key.

The good news doesn’t end here: the Fall Creators Update will also feature the very first shape writing keyboard on PC. You can swipe over the keys of your tablet’s keyboard just like you would on your phone’s touch keyboard.

One of the most powerful phone keyboard features for fast and easy text input involves swiping over the keys without releasing your finger on the screen. We call it shape writing. Today we proudly announce the first shape writing keyboard on PC! Because it’s works just like your familiar phone-style one-handed keyboard, you don’t need to do anything to learn it again. Just use it as you would use your phone’s touch keyboard. Bonus: it also works with pen!

Shape writing is currently only supported for the English US keyboard, but Microsoft is working on enabling more languages by the time the Windows 10 Creators Update arrives.

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