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Droid Bionic: Text and Dictation Tips

Too few people use dictation on the Droid Bionic, despite how handy it can be — especially for text messaging. Here are some tips for using dictation and some other things you can do with text messaging with your Droid Bionic.

Add spice to dictation

If you’ve used dictation, you might have noticed that it occasionally censors some of the words you utter. Perhaps you’re the kind of person who won’t put up with that kind of s***.

Relax. You can lift the vocal censorship ban by following these steps:

  1. At the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

  2. Choose Settings, and then choose Voice Input and Output.

  3. Choose Voice Recognizer Settings.

  4. Remove the check mark by the option Block Offensive Words.

And just what are offensive words? The Droid Bionic censor retains the initial letter and generally makes the foul language easy to guess. D***.

Add a word to the dictionary

Betcha didn’t know that the Droid Bionic has a dictionary. The dictionary is used to keep track of words you type — words that may not be recognized as being spelled properly.

Words unknown to the Droid Bionic appear with a red-dashed underline onscreen. To add one of these words to the dictionary, follow these steps:

  1. Long-press a red-underlined word.

  2. From the Edit Text menu, choose the command Add Word to Dictionary, where Word is the word you long-pressed.

  3. Use the Edit Word dialog box to modify the word, if you need to.

    For example, remove the S if you want to add the root of a plural word.

  4. Touch the OK button.

    The word is added to the Droid Bionic dictionary and is no longer flagged as misspelled.

On the Swype keyboard, you see the Add “word” to Dictionary prompt when you manually type an unknown word. (Swype doesn’t let you swipe words that it doesn’t recognize.)

To review the contents of the dictionary, open the Settings app and choose Language & Keyboard and then User Dictionary. You see a list of words you’ve added. Touch a word to edit it or to delete it from the dictionary. You can manually add words to the dictionary by pressing the Menu soft key and choosing the Add command.

Create direct-dial and direct text-message shortcuts

For the numbers you dial most frequently, you can create Home screen contact shortcuts. Here’s how:

  1. Long-press the Home screen.

    Choose a Home screen panel that has room for at least one icon.

  2. Choose Shortcuts.

  3. Choose Direct Dial.

  4. Choose the contact you want to direct-dial.

    Contacts with multiple phone numbers have more than one listing.

A shortcut to that contact’s phone number (with the contact’s picture, if they have one) appears on the Home screen. Touching the shortcut instantly dials the contact’s phone number.

Just as you can create a direct-dial shortcut, you can create an icon to directly text-message a contact. The difference is that you choose Direct Message in Step 3 rather than Direct Dial.

The widget that appears on the Home screen can be used to instantly send that contact a text message. Simply touch the icon and start typing with your thumbs.

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