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How to Use Swype on Your Droid X

The Droid X's Swype utility lets you type like greased lightning on a touchscreen. Swype allows you to type without lifting your finger from the keyboard; you literally swipe your finger over the touchscreen to rapidly type words. You can turn on Swype any time you see the onscreen keyboard.

1

Press and hold the ?123 button to summon the Multi-Touch Keyboard menu.

The menu appears.

2

Choose Input Method and then choose Swype.

After switching to the Swype input method, a new keyboard appears. You're now ready to start using Swype for typing text. Or, rather, for swyping text.

3

(Optional) Press the Swype button on the keyboard, then touch the Tutorial button to go through the tutorial.

The Swype tutorial can help you get the hang of using Swype.

4

Keep your finger on the touchscreen and drag it over the letters in a short word, such as the word howdy, and then lift your finger.

The word appears in whichever app you're using.

5

Type capital letters by dragging your finger above the keyboard after touching the letter.

This illustration shows how you would swype Idaho.

6

To create a double letter, such as the ll in Hello, do a little loop on that key.

If you type the word Hello, you use both the capital letter trick and the double-letter trick.

7

If Swype displays a pop-up window about the characters you type, choose a word suggestion from it.

For more information on Swype typing tips, refer to the tutorial found by touching the Swype button on the keyboard.

8

To return to the normal, onscreen keyboard and disable Swype, from the Home screen, touch the Launcher button.

Up pops the list of applications on your phone.

9

Choose Settings→Language & Keyboard→Input Method→Multi-Touch Keyboard.

The onscreen keyboard is activated. You can press the Home soft button to return to the Home screen when you're done with the Language & Keyboard Settings window.

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