An Overview of the Droid X Keyboard

By Dan Gookin

To input text information on your Droid X phone, you use the onscreen keyboard. The Droid onscreen keyboard looks similar to the keyboard on your computer. You operate the onscreen keyboard by touching its keys with your finger.

The onscreen keyboard shows up any time the phone demands text as input, such as when you’re composing e-mail, typing a text message, or using any application that requires text. Then you start typing with your finger or — if you’re good — your thumbs. The keyboard comes in some variations:

  • Standard: The alphabetic version of the onscreen keyboard. The keys A through Z (lowercase) appear, plus a Shift/Caps Lock key, Delete key, comma, space, and period. The Search key changes its look, depending on the application.


  • Number keys: Touch the ?123 key to see the number keys, as well as the standard punctuation symbols that share those keys on a computer keyboard.


  • Symbols: Pressing the Alt key on the number-and-symbol keyboard displays special symbols. When the Alt key has been pressed, its light turns on.


To return to the standard alpha keyboard, touch the ABC key.

the Droid X keyboard has a few special keys, too. Here is what they are and what they do:


Special Droid X Onscreen Keyboard Buttons
Symbol Name What It Does
Search Appears when you’re typing text in a Search box or directing
the Droid X to find something.
Go Appears when you’re typing text into a single field or text
box. This key tells the application that you’re done typing and
want to proceed (like when you press the Enter key on a computer
Next Appears when you fill in multiple fields in a form. You can
move to the next field, and it comes in handy when you can’t see
the next field on the touch screen.
Done Used to tell the Droid X that you’ve finished typing and want
the keyboard to go away.
Return Serves the same function as the Return or Enter key on a
computer keyboard.
Emoticon The :-) key inserts a smile (an emoticon) when you type text

The comma key gets replaced in certain situations:

  • Voice Input button: When voice input is available as an alternative to typing text.

  • The @ symbol key and a key that generates the text .com: These keys usually show up when you’re typing an e-mail address.