System hacks: In-depth use of Windows 10 input settings

With Windows 10, it’s far from enough to just click the mouse; we’re likely to spend more time using the keyboard and the complexity is much deeper. As far as efficiency is concerned, keyboard usage skills have a greater impact on typing than the mouse. In order to improve the efficiency of typing, Windows 10 has improved and enhanced the keyboard input settings greatly. Let’s go to Windows 10 input settings to explore the advanced input settings tips.

First, click the Start button and click Settings to enter the Windows Settings window. In the settings list, click the “Devices” item to enter the device selection window, and then click the “Input” item to open the input settings interface (Figure 1).


1. AI helps to make input faster and more accurate

As you operate Windows 10, AI Smart Services remembers and determines what you type and gives you hints. The “Hardware Keyboard” AI feature displays text suggestions as we type and automatically corrects spelling errors. If the system has a multilingual package installed, the AI automatically determines the language we are typing in and displays text suggestions. In order for these two AI features to work automatically, the “Hardware Keyboard” and “Multilingual Text Suggestions” input switches need to be turned on (Figure 2).


If the hardware keyboard and multilingual text suggestion switch are turned on, clicking on the “Typing Insights” text link after a certain period of time will display the latest statistics on AI typing. Below the five AI items displayed, we can see a description of the specific typing items the AI can help us with (Figure 3).


In addition, turning on the “Suggest and autocorrect” (SwiftKey) option for the language you are using will improve the accuracy of text check autocorrect.

The above setting items are AI features that come with Windows 10 and are not specific to a particular input method, but are in principle valid for all input environments. However, hardware keyboard text suggestions may not work in some languages or with some third-party input methods. For our daily use of text, if we use more English, turning on this option will be most efficient.

Tip: In the process of Chinese input, if the keyboard AI assistance is not obvious, you can also make full use of Microsoft Pinyin Input Method or third-party input methods with their own intelligent functions, which can improve input efficiency.

2. Change the keyboard focus to make the input environment more clear

We can make the keyboard focus more visible by setting the style of cursor and pointer to improve efficiency. In the “Input” settings window, click the “Make keyboard focus more visible” link under “More keyboard settings” to enter the cursor and pointer settings page. The size of the pointer can be changed with the slider; the color of the pointer can be selected from four icon examples; the thickness of the cursor can be changed with the slider to make the input cursor easier to see.

If you are using the touch screen for input operations, you can make the touch operation more visible by enhancing the display settings. Turn on the “Change Touch Screen Response” switch so that when you touch the screen, you can display visual feedback around the touch point. To enhance the display, check the “Make the visual feedback at the touch point darker and the text larger” checkbox (Figure 4).


3. Use different input methods for different applications

If we have different input methods installed in Windows 10, and we want to use the input features of different input methods in different application windows, you can click the “Advanced keyboard settings” link under “More keyboard settings” in the “Input” settings window. “Then, under the “Switch Input Method” group, select the “Allow me to use different input methods for each application window” checkbox (Figure 5). In this way, you can specify different input methods for different windows, and automatically use the specified input method when you switch to the corresponding window, instead of using one input method in general.


4. Customize your own personalized input hotkeys

If you have multiple input languages or input methods installed, you can assign a separate input hotkey for each input language or input method so that you can call them individually.

In the “Advanced Keyboard Settings” window, click on the “Input Language Hotkeys” link, and in the “Text Service and Input Language” settings pop-up window, click on the Under the “Advanced Key Settings” tab, select the input method you want to set, and then click the “Change Key Order” button to specify the hotkey combination in the Hotkeys dialog box that pops up (Figure 6).


It is also common to switch case during typing. By default, the Caps Lock key is the case switch, while the Shift key is only a temporary switch. If needed, we can also define the Shift key as a case switch, and this can be done by selecting the “Press Shift” option under the “Advanced Key Settings” tab.

Tip: Remove the confusion of language bar settings

Many users are often worried about not being able to find the language bar, or for the language bar dock can not listen to their own command and trouble. In fact, as long as you find the “Language Bar” tab, these problems will be solved. Click the “Language Bar” tab in the “Text Services and Input Language” window, and then in the “Hover over Desktop”, “Dock on Taskbar Then choose between “Hover on desktop”, “Dock on taskbar” and “Hide” to freely control the presence or absence of the language bar and its docking. The language bar can also be made transparent when inactive by checking the “Show language bar in transparent state when inactive” checkbox. In addition, by selecting the appropriate option, you can also display other language bar icons on the taskbar or text label information on the language bar (Figure 7).



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