Kindle Fire Keyboard Tips & Shortcuts

Kindle Fire Keyboard Swipe Tip

These simple Kindle Fire keyboard tips will really help to improve your tablet "typing" speed!

Have you used the SWIPE feature? Even if you have, there are several swipe shortcuts you can use, so take a few minutes to learn these fantastic puppies!


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First read through my article about the Kindle Fire keyboard options and settings, if you haven't yet. That's where you'll learn about all the different keys and how to access them, including super cool ones like "cut", "copy", "paste", and more!

Most of these tips only work on the newer Kindle Fires because the first generation tablets don't have the swipe software. If you're not sure which Kindle Fire you have I'll show you how you can know.


Kindle Fire Keyboard Tip: Swipe

One of the best updates Amazon did was to add the swipe feature to the Kindle Fire keyboard! It's much faster to swipe what you want to "type" than to hunt and peck everything.

Let's swipe together, shall we?

First, you'll need to open up your keyboard, which I show how to do in my article on basic Kindle Fire keyboard tips and options. (Hint: just tap any search icon and bam there it is!)

Or, if you're viewing this page on your Kindle Fire right now you can tap the practice box below and your keyboard will open right up:

Practice Box:

Thanks to site visitor, Bob Frazier, for suggesting this awesome practice box idea!


How to Swipe

Okay, here's how you swipe. Gently tap the first letter of a word and continue sliding to the next letter and so forth until you reach the last letter where you stop and lift up your finger.

The following image shows you how to swipe the word "love" ('cause that's the first word in the name of this website):

Swipe on my Kindle Fire Keyboard


Here, I'll do it with you. :) Start with the "l" then continue sliding over to the "o" then the "v" and finally the "e":

Swipe the word Love


You should now have the word "love" in the search box:

Search Display with Love


Since I'm searching the "Web" a list of websites is listed. (They all happen to be mine since I've visited my own site from my Kindle Fire and it displays your own history and bookmarks first.)

There's also a bar that appears above the keyboard with the "current word prediction" of "love", "LOVE", "loved", etc. (as explained in my options and settings article).

Kindle Fire Keyboard Swipe Tips

Are you ready for some awesome swipe tips? You're going to love these!

Here's another practice text box for those reading this page on their tablet right now.

Practice Box:

Select All

Swipe from "?123" to "a":

Swipe Shortcut: Select All

The word "love" is selected:

Select All of the word love

Copy

Swipe from "?123" to "c":

Swipe Shortcut: Copy

The word "love" is copied:

Copied the word love

Cut

Swipe from "?123" to "x":

Swipe Shortcut: Cut

The selection is cut:

Cut the selection

Paste

Swipe from "?123" to "v":

Swipe Shortcut: Paste

The selection is pasted. Let's do it again, just for fun:

Paste the selection twice

Practice Box:

Open Number Keypad

Swipe from "?123" to "t":

Swipe Shortcut: Open Number Keypad


Wow, look at that! A hidden number keypad that can only be revealed with this secret swipe shortcut (at least I think it's the only way):

Number Keypad on Kindle Fire Keyboard


Just tap the "ABC" key to go back to the regular keyboard.


Insert a Period and Space

Perfect at the end of sentences.

Swipe from "." to the space bar:

Swipe Shortcut: Insert Period and Space

Let's type a sentence:

Sentence: My Name is Rachel

Now use this swipe tip to add a period and space:

A Period and Space are Added at the end of Sentence

Insert "www."

You can start a URL with the traditional "www." with this swipe shortcut.

Swipe from "w" to ".":

Swipe Shortcut: Insert www and a period

Let's look up a website:

Phrase www.

Practice Box:

Capitalize First Letter of a Word

That's right, you can automatically capitalize a word without hitting the shift/arrow key. This is one of my favorite Kindle Fire keyboard tips.

Start with the first letter and then swipe straight up and off the keyboard, then continue to the next letter in the word without lifting your finger from the screen.

Let's type "love" again, this time making the "l" in caps with this tip.

Start at the "l" and swipe straight up and off the keyboard: (the keyboard will automatically shift into upper case)

Swipe Shortcut: Capitalize First Letter


Without taking your finger off the screen come back down to the "o", "v", and "e": (the keyboard automatically drops back into lower case)

Swipe Rest of the Word


When your finger leaves the screen the word "Love" will be inserted:

Phrase: www.Love


I love it! ;)

Let's do it again with the words "my" and "fire", just for practice:

Swipe the Word My
Phrase: www.LoveMy

 

Swipe the Word Fire
Phrase: www.LoveMyFire


Now tap the ".com" key and you've got my website's URL!

Phrase: www.LoveMyFire.com

My site doesn't need capitals, but this was fun to practice, wasn't it?


Change the Case of a Word

Okay, here's another Kindle Fire keyboard tip that should come in handy. Let's type a new word (just delete the previous one if it's still there).

Type "hello":

Word: hello

Tap the word:

hello with cursor

Swipe "?123" to the arrow:

Swipe Shortcut: Change Case

Select a word from the list at the top of your Kindle Fire keyboard:

Three words: hello HELLO Hello


I tapped "Hello" and now "hello" starts with a capital "H":

Word: Hello


How easy is that?!


Hide the Keyboard

You can close the keyboard with this handy little tip.
Swipe from "?123" to "Delete":

Swipe Shortcut: Close Keyboard


Now you see it, now you don't!


Well, that's it for my Kindle Fire keyboard tips and shortcuts! (For now.)

It should be plenty to keep you busy for awhile. If not, how about checking out all my other fabulous tips and tricks?

External Bluetooth Keyboard

How About an External Keyboard?

If you're looking for speed, how about using a Kindle Fire bluetooth keyboard?

As a lover of long passages of text, I personally bought one for myself and it's awesome! I bet I can almost type up to my lightning fast speed of 80+ words per minute with it. Hm, maybe I should test that out. ;)

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