Google Keyboard: All Important Features & Shortcuts at a Glance

Currently, most Android phones come with Google Keyboard or Gboard as default keyboard out-of-the-box. But we often switch back to our previously used keyboards as we prefer to stay in the comfort zone. Again, Google has undergone several major overhauls over the past few years to focus on this once-neglected project. As GBoard’s user base has grown in recent times, Google seems to be adding the most demanding features to customers very quickly.

In our today’s article, we will highlight the interesting features of GBoard, due to which even if you are currently using another keyboard, you may want to try this keyboard. On the other hand, those who are currently using Google Keyboard may know some hidden features that will increase your productivity manifold. Undoubtedly.

Google Keyboard Gesture Control:

Gesture oriented features are in high demand in the age of huge screen phones. Gestures have brought a lot of flexibility in typing as well. Almost the entire keyboard can be accessed using all of GBoard’s gesture-based features. For example: Gestures can be typed by swiping. Again, by swiping the gesture, typed writing can be erased in one sweep. Even the cursor in the textbox can be moved at will. Several gesture based shortcuts are discussed. click here


Touch & hold the Space Bar and move right and left to move the cursor to the textbox. Also has more precise cursor movement.

If you want to delete multiple words at once, touch & hold the Backspace button and move it to the left to select as many words as you want to delete, then release the button to delete them at once. But if deleted by mistake then all deleted words will show in suggestionbar as option to undo immediately.

What do we do if we want to write in the first Word Capital Letter? Press Shift once and type. But if Shift is pressed & held and swept up to the specific letter, it can be capitalized more easily.

After typing a word, if it is seen that the first word or all the words of this word should be Capital Letter, then it is very time-consuming to delete the whole word and write it again. If you use Gboard, select that word and press Shift once to convert the first word and then Shift again to convert all to Capital Letter.

Press & hold each letter on almost all keyboards to get special character. Or ?123 can also be accessed, but in GBoard, some of the most frequently used ones are easily accessible by pressing & holding the (.)dot button rather than a shortcut. click here

Google Keyboard Clipboard:

Gboard’s clipboard currently offers more advanced options. Suppose you have taken a screenshot, after that it will be saved in the clipboard, so whenever you place the cursor in a textbox, the screenshot shown in the top suggestion bar will be displayed from where it will be clicked.


As a result, there is no need to find and send from the gallery. Again, we often get OTP or Phone Number along with the text in the message, resulting in a separately copied email. But copying the message to GBoard will artificially separate the numbers and other information from the text, which can be used from the suggestion bar with one click. In addition, there are some recent copied data saved in the clipboard. To use these options, you have to enable the option as needed from Clipboard in Main Settings.

Google Keyboard Emojis, Stickers, GIFS

GBoard’s best park is this section. No need to depend on in-app emojis, gifs, stickers when using GBoard. All the latest emojis, gifs, stickers are updated in this one keyboard. Even for those who prefer to use text based emojis, there is a huge library of such emojis.

This section can be accessed via the dedicated emoji button on the keyboard and can also be accessed by pressing & holding Enter and (,)Comma. But the most interesting feature is that Gboard can detect the tone of your typed text and suggest emojis/gifs. Moreover, all the most used emojis are shown in the suggestion bar and can be viewed by pressing ?123. If you want a dedicated number row, you can also enable the emoji bar above the suggestion bar from the settings. There is also a centralized search bar where you can search for emojis, gifs and stickers at once.

Google Keyboard Floating, Onehand Mode

Most phones these days are not suitable for one-handed use. But in special cases we have to use one hand. While scrolling and other tasks can be done with one hand, typing is difficult. This is where Onehand mode solves that problem very smartly. Basically in Onehand mode the keyboard is reduced in size and aligned to the right or left so that the side of the keyboard is accessible with one hand. In addition, if the Onehand mode does not work, there is a Floating mode by which Gboard can be used in any size and position. One Hand mode can be accessed from the threedot menu in the keyboard suggestion bar or by holding & pressing the Enter/Search button.


Many of us have to use Google Translate for translation. For that we use Google Translate app separately on phone. But since Google Translate is bound with Gboard, translation can be done without switching to Google Translate separately. Lastly, I am ending today’s article with another interesting feature. We often need to use our address, email or different phrases repetitively. In these cases writing the same every time is an added hassle. If you want to get out of this trouble, you can easily take the help of Gboard’s Personal Dictionary. You can add as many customized shortcuts as you like from ‘+’ by going to Settings > Dictionary > Personal Dictionary.


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