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Thumb Keyboard – Quick Start Guide

Thank you for purchasing Thumb Keyboard. This quick start guide is intended to cut through thefiller and get right into setting up the keyboard and showing off just a few of the numerous features available. If you are looking for a more thorough description of what each individual feature does or if you’re looking for a description of how to set up a third party keyboard on your Android device, then be sure to check out the comprehensive guide .

(Be sure to also check out The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for quick answers to common questions)

Selecting The Right Layout

Depending on the device you are using, whether it’s a phone or a tablet, you have plenty of layout options to choose from.


Thumb Keyboard offers support for a wide range of differently sized tablets. Everything from the 5” Dell Streak, 7” Samsung Galaxy Tab and of course, 10” tablets like the Asus EEE Pad Transformer and Motorola Xoom.

10.1″ Tablet Layout

There are three modes to choose from while you are using Thumb Keyboard on a 10” Android tablet while in landscape mode.

1. The first setup is the thumb keyboard mode.

Thumb keyboard mode is exactly what the name implies. This split keyboard design allows you to type using your thumbs rather than having a traditional full sized qwerty keyboard for inputting text. This revolutionary design simulates typing on a phone; typing on it feels natural and has virtually no learning curve . Thumb Keyboard mode is specifically designed for comfort and speed!

2. The second setup is the full size mode:

This provides you with a (almost) full sized keyboard where ever you are. This works wonders when your tablet is on an angled and you are touch typing. Sometimes you need a regular style keyboard to get your work done.

3. Other times though, if neither the full size mode nor the thumb style mode is fitting your needs, you can use the one hand mode:

With this mode, it allows you to quickly enter text while supporting the tablet with your left hand and you being to type in the right hand.

7″ Tablet Layout

7” Tablets have two layouts to choose from. In landscape mode both layouts share the same design.


In portrait mode however there are two layouts to choose from:

Layout 1 – 7″:


Layout 2 – 7″:


Phone Layouts

There are several keyboard layouts available for Android Phones as well; each ergonomically designed for fast and comfortable input.

Phone: Standard Layout


Phone: Split – Large Layout

Phone: Split – Compact Layout


Large screen phone/small 5″ tablet: 

These layouts are just predefined combinations. In the settings you can choose your own layout combination for portrait and landscape.

Alternative/International Keyboards

Thumb Keyboard offers support for a wide range of languages. So far we support:

    • English
    • Spanish (modern)
    • Russian
    • German
    • Norwegian
    • Swedish
    • Danish
    • Finnish
Thumb Keyboard automatically selects the keyboard corresponding to your system default language. If you have selected more than one language within the settings of Thumb Keyboard, you can easily switch to the secondary keyboards at any time by sliding your finger across the spacebar.
To change the language:

Long press on the  and select “General Keyboard settings…”. Select “Input Language”

Select the language keys that you would like to appear. To activate, slide your finger across the space bar and you will be presented with the secondary language keys.

The keyboard also offers alternative keyboard layouts

    • Qwerty
    • Qwertz
    • Azerty

Adjusting The Size of Thumb Keyboard

 Since each tablet and phone is designed differently, especially with some having larger bezels or requiring you to hold the device in a certain way, you need a keyboard that lets you customize how big or small the keys should be. Getting to the settings menu differs slightly between tablets and phones, but once you’re there, adjusting the keyboard is the same throughout all devices.

For Tablets

Long press on the and select “General Keyboard settings…”

Once you are in the settings menu, scroll down to “Adjust Keyboard Size”. From there you can adjust how large or small the keys should be. Quickly test your keyboard to make sure everything is to your liking (without exiting the app) by tapping on “Test Keyboard Now”.

For Phones

While on your Android smart-phone, simply tap the once. Now just repeat the instructions found above to adjust the keyboard to the way you want.

Minimizing The Keyboard

You are able to minimize or hide the keyboard on your Android tablet anytime you wish. Most of the time, like on your Android phone, you can accomplish this by simply pressing the back button. Another method for minimizing your keyboard on your tablet is by holding the  until the submenu pops up .

Simply slide your finger over to where the arrow points down and release. Your keyboard is now hidden! Simply tap on any text input field to recall the keyboard.

Hide Right Shift Key

If you find yourself hitting the right shift key instead of the backspace, check this option to hide the right shift key altogether. This feature only works if you have selected the QWERTY layout as your default layout. If you have any other language selected , which is usually using another layout like QWERTZ, and you enable this feature, the layout will change back to QWERTY.

Custom Button: Words, Phrases and Commands

 Another unique feature of Thumb Keyboard is the ability to create your own custom buttons. These buttons, when pressed, are able to perform numerous small commands or can even be used to store commonly used words or phrases; all which are customizable at will. There are two methods of accomplishing this.

1) Pressing the  icon will bring up a menu of 25 possible slots for you to insert your custom words or phrases. (The list is scrollable )

Tap each individual slot to edit it. Here you can type any word or phrase in the text field. It could be as simple as saving the acronym “lol” or as lengthy as “I’ll be home for dinner soon!”. You can even enter returns, so you can create signatures for different type of mails or you can use it to create a standard letter to send in your suggestion and complaints to your local state governor. All of this is now just one tap away.

Once you are ready to use your custom word or phrase, simply tap the icon, select the desired word or phrase from the slots available and it will automatically be placed where ever your cursor lies on the screen.

2) There is also a dedicated row of buttons that you can program similarly to what we did above. These custom buttons are accessible from the first row on the keyboard. The feature is available on all layouts (phone and tablet). To activate, press the  button on the tablet 10″ layouts or this key   on all other layouts (long press the microphone or comma key). This will bring up a row of slots across the top of the keyboard.

Long pressing on a single slot will bring up a menu asking you to “Edit key binding”.

From here you have a variety of commands to choose from. Anything from Symbols to Arrow keys and even the custom words and phrases you made earlier; choose which ever fits your needs best.

Just like previously mentioned, simply tap the to bring up the choices and then select the slot you wish to insert.

Deactivate the toolbar by pressing the  key when the toolbar is active

(On phone and other layouts long press the microphone or comma key and then select:   to toggle the toolbar)

Bigam Prediction

 If you’re interested in the technicality of how Bigam prediction works, then checkout the comprehensive guide for more detail. But since this is the “Quick” start guide, we’ll get right to the point. Bigam prediction helps you type faster by predicting what you want to say.

This is how it works:

When you type a word, the next letter you type after that word triggers the Bigam Prediction algorithm. To help with the prediction, the system looks at the previous word and how it is used in the context of the sentence. From there, it gives you the best guess of what the word you were thinking about was. It’s that simple. This method doesn’t involve you waiting around for your app to learn how you type, it’s something you can use right now!

We hope you found this guide helpful, be sure to check out the more comprehensive guide (coming soon) for more detail.