Microsoft has brought a number of hardware keyboard improvements in Windows 10 build 16215. Currently, these new changes can be explored in the latest Windows insider preview.
We’ve listed some of the best changes to the hardware keyboard in Windows 10 below.
Hardware Keyboard Improvements in Windows 10: Emoji Typing
In the latest changes, typing emojis with your keyboard has become far easier. The universal standard for emojis and emoticons has been available across all devices for some time, but typing out emoji codes on a Windows PC has never been easy.
Thankfully, this new update makes it as easy as opening the new keyboard app and scrolling to the emoji screen.
Microsoft has also taken inspiration from Apple by implementing a feature that will offer emoji suggestions based on your last typed word. Alternatively you can type in emoji names to get the related emoji suggestions.
If you’re not using the on-screen keyboard, you can now press the Windows key plus the period key (.) to bring up a small emoji selection box.
Hardware Keyboard Improvements in Windows 10: Better On-Screen Keyboard
A lot of the changes to the Windows 10 keyboard have been made to the on-screen keyboard for touch screen users.
A new one-handed touch option has been added that’ll reduce the width of the keyboard size.
The new one-handed keyboard also has a swipe-to-type feature – essentially, you will need to swipe your finger around the keyboard, stopping on each letter of a word you’d like to type before lifting your finger to type the word.
This has proven to be a very fast and accurate typing method for smartphones so it’s exciting to see it make it’s way to Windows 10.
Hardware Keyboard Improvements in Windows 10: Enhanced Text Prediction
Microsoft has also made a number of improvements to the enhanced text prediction in Windows 10 with the latest build. The keyboard will start to learn your frequently sent messages and sentences, and will now offer the option to auto-complete these messages.
Simply typing the word ‘text’ could offer the auto-complete option for ‘text me when you get a chance,’ for example.
For now, the enhanced keyboard prediction is only working for English (US). You can learn more about the WIndows keyboard changes and other changes in the source link below.