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There are various ways of entering text when you write notes or messages. Follow these instructions to learn how to write text.

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Introduction

Text input is used in many of the phone functions, such as notes and messages. The following steps require that you're writing text and that the keypad is visible.

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Select text input settings

There are a number of different text input settings. The most important settings are described in the following steps:
Select keypad type, go to 2a.
Select writing language for QWERTY or phone keypad, go to 2b.
Select writing language for Swype keypad, go to 2c.
Turn predictive text input for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off, go to 2d.
Turn word suggestions for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off, go to 2e.
Turn word suggestions for Swype keypad on or off, go to 2f.

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2a - Select keypad type

Press and hold the text input field until a pop-up menu is displayed.

When using the Swype keypad, slide your finger across the keys instead of pressing them.
The Qwerty Keypad has one letter on each key.
The 3x4 Keypad is a phone keypad with several letters on each key.
Handwriting box 1 consists of several fields. You can write one character in each field a time using handwriting.
Handwriting box 2 consists of one field. You can write several characters in the same field using handwriting.
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2a - Select keypad type

Press Input method.

When using the Swype keypad, slide your finger across the keys instead of pressing them.
The Qwerty Keypad has one letter on each key.
The 3x4 Keypad is a phone keypad with several letters on each key.
Handwriting box 1 consists of several fields. You can write one character in each field a time using handwriting.
Handwriting box 2 consists of one field. You can write several characters in the same field using handwriting.
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2a - Select keypad type

Press Swype or Samsung keypad.

When using the Swype keypad, slide your finger across the keys instead of pressing them.
The Qwerty Keypad has one letter on each key.
The 3x4 Keypad is a phone keypad with several letters on each key.
Handwriting box 1 consists of several fields. You can write one character in each field a time using handwriting.
Handwriting box 2 consists of one field. You can write several characters in the same field using handwriting.
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2a - Select keypad type

If you select Samsung keypad:

When using the Swype keypad, slide your finger across the keys instead of pressing them.
The Qwerty Keypad has one letter on each key.
The 3x4 Keypad is a phone keypad with several letters on each key.
Handwriting box 1 consists of several fields. You can write one character in each field a time using handwriting.
Handwriting box 2 consists of one field. You can write several characters in the same field using handwriting.
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2a - Select keypad type

Press the settings icon (a gear wheel).

When using the Swype keypad, slide your finger across the keys instead of pressing them.
The Qwerty Keypad has one letter on each key.
The 3x4 Keypad is a phone keypad with several letters on each key.
Handwriting box 1 consists of several fields. You can write one character in each field a time using handwriting.
Handwriting box 2 consists of one field. You can write several characters in the same field using handwriting.
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2a - Select keypad type

Press Qwerty Keypad, 3x4 Keypad, Handwriting box 1 or Handwriting box 2.

When using the Swype keypad, slide your finger across the keys instead of pressing them.
The Qwerty Keypad has one letter on each key.
The 3x4 Keypad is a phone keypad with several letters on each key.
Handwriting box 1 consists of several fields. You can write one character in each field a time using handwriting.
Handwriting box 2 consists of one field. You can write several characters in the same field using handwriting.
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2b - Select writing language for QWERTY or phone keypad

Press and hold the settings icon (a gear wheel).

The selected language determines which characters are available and which dictionary that is used for word suggestions.
Before you can change writing language, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
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2b - Select writing language for QWERTY or phone keypad

Press Writing language.

The selected language determines which characters are available and which dictionary that is used for word suggestions.
Before you can change writing language, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
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2b - Select writing language for QWERTY or phone keypad

Press the required language.

The selected language determines which characters are available and which dictionary that is used for word suggestions.
Before you can change writing language, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
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2b - Select writing language for QWERTY or phone keypad

Press the Return key to go back to text input.

The selected language determines which characters are available and which dictionary that is used for word suggestions.
Before you can change writing language, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
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2c - Select writing language for Swype keypad

Press and hold q until a pop-up menu is displayed.

The selected language determines which characters are available and which dictionary that is used for word suggestions.
Before you can change writing language, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
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2c - Select writing language for Swype keypad

Press the required language.

The selected language determines which characters are available and which dictionary that is used for word suggestions.
Before you can change writing language, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
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2d - Turn predictive text input for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off

Press and hold the settings icon.

If you turn on predictive text input, words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
Before you can turn on predictive text input, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
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2d - Turn predictive text input for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off

Press XT9 to turn the function on or off.

If you turn on predictive text input, words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
Before you can turn on predictive text input, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
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2d - Turn predictive text input for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off

When the box next to the menu item is ticked (V), the function is turned on.

If you turn on predictive text input, words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
Before you can turn on predictive text input, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
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2d - Turn predictive text input for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off

Press the Return key to go back to text input.

If you turn on predictive text input, words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
Before you can turn on predictive text input, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
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2e - Turn word suggestions for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off

Press and hold the settings icon.

If you turn on predictive text input, word suggestions are displayed when you key in the first letters.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
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2e - Turn word suggestions for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off

Press XT9 advanced settings.

If you turn on predictive text input, word suggestions are displayed when you key in the first letters.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
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2e - Turn word suggestions for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off

Press Word completion to turn the function on or off.

If you turn on predictive text input, word suggestions are displayed when you key in the first letters.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
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2e - Turn word suggestions for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off

When the box next to the menu item is ticked (V), the function is turned on.

If you turn on predictive text input, word suggestions are displayed when you key in the first letters.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
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2e - Turn word suggestions for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off

Press the Return key twice to return to text input.

If you turn on predictive text input, word suggestions are displayed when you key in the first letters.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
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2f - Turn word suggestions for Swype keypad on or off

Press the information icon.

Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
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2f - Turn word suggestions for Swype keypad on or off

Press Options.

Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
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2f - Turn word suggestions for Swype keypad on or off

Press Word Prediction to turn the function on or off.

Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
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2f - Turn word suggestions for Swype keypad on or off

When the box next to the menu item is ticked (V), the function is turned on.

Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
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2f - Turn word suggestions for Swype keypad on or off

Press the Return key twice to return to text input.

Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
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How to write text

The following steps describe how to use the different keypad types when dictionary and word suggestions are turned on.
Choose one of the following options:
Use Swype keypad, go to 3a.
Use QWERTY keypad, go to 3b.
Use phone keypad, go to 3c.
Use handwriting 1, go to 3d.
Use handwriting 2, go to 3e.

Please note that the following steps require that you've selected a keypad type in step 2a.
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3a - Use Swype keypad

Press the first letter of the required word and slide your finger, without lifting it, across all the letters in the word.
Lift your finger after the last letter.

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3a - Use Swype keypad

Press the required word to insert it.

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3a - Use Swype keypad

To key in one number:
Press and hold the key with the required number until the number is displayed.

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3a - Use Swype keypad

To key in more numbers or symbols:
Press SYM.

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3a - Use Swype keypad

Press the required numbers or the required symbols.

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3a - Use Swype keypad

Press ABC to return to text input.

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3b - Use QWERTY keypad

Press once on each letter to write the required word.
A number of words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.

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3b - Use QWERTY keypad

Press the required word to insert it.

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3b - Use QWERTY keypad

Press arrow down to see more words.

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3b - Use QWERTY keypad

To key in numbers or symbols:
Press ?123.

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3b - Use QWERTY keypad

Press arrow right or arrow left to see more symbols.

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3b - Use QWERTY keypad

Press the required numbers or the required symbols.

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3b - Use QWERTY keypad

Press Abc to return to text input.

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3c - Use phone keypad

Press once on each letter to write the required word.
A number of words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.

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3c - Use phone keypad

Press the required word to insert it.

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3c - Use phone keypad

Press arrow down to see more words.

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3c - Use phone keypad

To key in one number:
Press and hold the key with the required number until the number is displayed.

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3c - Use phone keypad

To write more numbers:
Press 123.

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3c - Use phone keypad

Press the required numbers.

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3c - Use phone keypad

Press ?#+ and then Abc to return to text input.

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3c - Use phone keypad

To key in symbols:
Press 123 and then ?#+.

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3c - Use phone keypad

Press arrow right or arrow left to see more symbols.

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3c - Use phone keypad

Press the required symbols.

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3c - Use phone keypad

Press Abc to return to text input.

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3d - Use handwriting 1

To key in letters:
Key in the required letters in the top left field or the top right field.

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3d - Use handwriting 1

To key in numbers:
Key in the required numbers in the bottom left field.

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3d - Use handwriting 1

To key in symbols:
Key in the required symbols in the bottom right field.
Your phone automatically suggests a letter, number or character matching what you've keyed in.

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3e - Use handwriting 2

To key in letters:
Press the symbol selection icon until ABC is displayed in the bottom left corner of the display.

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3e - Use handwriting 2

To key in numbers:
Press the symbol selection icon until 123 is displayed in the bottom left corner of the display.

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3e - Use handwriting 2

To key in symbols:
Press the symbol selection icon until ?#+ is displayed in the bottom left corner of the display.

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3e - Use handwriting 2

Key in the required letters, numbers or symbols in the text input field.
Your phone automatically suggests a letter, number or character matching what you've keyed in.
To insert a space between two words:
Draw a horizontal line in the text input field.

1. Introduction

Text input is used in many of the phone functions, such as notes and messages. The following steps require that you're writing text and that the keypad is visible.
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2. Select text input settings

There are a number of different text input settings. The most important settings are described in the following steps:
Select keypad type, go to 2a.
Select writing language for QWERTY or phone keypad, go to 2b.
Select writing language for Swype keypad, go to 2c.
Turn predictive text input for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off, go to 2d.
Turn word suggestions for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off, go to 2e.
Turn word suggestions for Swype keypad on or off, go to 2f.
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3. 2a - Select keypad type

Press and hold the text input field until a pop-up menu is displayed.
When using the Swype keypad, slide your finger across the keys instead of pressing them.
The Qwerty Keypad has one letter on each key.
The 3x4 Keypad is a phone keypad with several letters on each key.
Handwriting box 1 consists of several fields. You can write one character in each field a time using handwriting.
Handwriting box 2 consists of one field. You can write several characters in the same field using handwriting.
Press Input method.
When using the Swype keypad, slide your finger across the keys instead of pressing them.
The Qwerty Keypad has one letter on each key.
The 3x4 Keypad is a phone keypad with several letters on each key.
Handwriting box 1 consists of several fields. You can write one character in each field a time using handwriting.
Handwriting box 2 consists of one field. You can write several characters in the same field using handwriting.
Press Swype or Samsung keypad.
When using the Swype keypad, slide your finger across the keys instead of pressing them.
The Qwerty Keypad has one letter on each key.
The 3x4 Keypad is a phone keypad with several letters on each key.
Handwriting box 1 consists of several fields. You can write one character in each field a time using handwriting.
Handwriting box 2 consists of one field. You can write several characters in the same field using handwriting.
If you select Samsung keypad:
When using the Swype keypad, slide your finger across the keys instead of pressing them.
The Qwerty Keypad has one letter on each key.
The 3x4 Keypad is a phone keypad with several letters on each key.
Handwriting box 1 consists of several fields. You can write one character in each field a time using handwriting.
Handwriting box 2 consists of one field. You can write several characters in the same field using handwriting.
Press the settings icon (a gear wheel).
When using the Swype keypad, slide your finger across the keys instead of pressing them.
The Qwerty Keypad has one letter on each key.
The 3x4 Keypad is a phone keypad with several letters on each key.
Handwriting box 1 consists of several fields. You can write one character in each field a time using handwriting.
Handwriting box 2 consists of one field. You can write several characters in the same field using handwriting.
Press Qwerty Keypad, 3x4 Keypad, Handwriting box 1 or Handwriting box 2.
When using the Swype keypad, slide your finger across the keys instead of pressing them.
The Qwerty Keypad has one letter on each key.
The 3x4 Keypad is a phone keypad with several letters on each key.
Handwriting box 1 consists of several fields. You can write one character in each field a time using handwriting.
Handwriting box 2 consists of one field. You can write several characters in the same field using handwriting.

4. 2b - Select writing language for QWERTY or phone keypad

Press and hold the settings icon (a gear wheel).
The selected language determines which characters are available and which dictionary that is used for word suggestions.
Before you can change writing language, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
Press Writing language.
The selected language determines which characters are available and which dictionary that is used for word suggestions.
Before you can change writing language, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
Press the required language.
The selected language determines which characters are available and which dictionary that is used for word suggestions.
Before you can change writing language, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
Press the Return key to go back to text input.
The selected language determines which characters are available and which dictionary that is used for word suggestions.
Before you can change writing language, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.

5. 2c - Select writing language for Swype keypad

Press and hold q until a pop-up menu is displayed.
The selected language determines which characters are available and which dictionary that is used for word suggestions.
Before you can change writing language, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
Press the required language.
The selected language determines which characters are available and which dictionary that is used for word suggestions.
Before you can change writing language, you need to select Swype in step 2a.

6. 2d - Turn predictive text input for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off

Press and hold the settings icon.
If you turn on predictive text input, words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
Before you can turn on predictive text input, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
Press XT9 to turn the function on or off.
If you turn on predictive text input, words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
Before you can turn on predictive text input, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
When the box next to the menu item is ticked (V), the function is turned on.
If you turn on predictive text input, words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
Before you can turn on predictive text input, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
Press the Return key to go back to text input.
If you turn on predictive text input, words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
Before you can turn on predictive text input, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.

7. 2e - Turn word suggestions for QWERTY or phone keypad on or off

Press and hold the settings icon.
If you turn on predictive text input, word suggestions are displayed when you key in the first letters.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
Press XT9 advanced settings.
If you turn on predictive text input, word suggestions are displayed when you key in the first letters.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
Press Word completion to turn the function on or off.
If you turn on predictive text input, word suggestions are displayed when you key in the first letters.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
When the box next to the menu item is ticked (V), the function is turned on.
If you turn on predictive text input, word suggestions are displayed when you key in the first letters.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.
Press the Return key twice to return to text input.
If you turn on predictive text input, word suggestions are displayed when you key in the first letters.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Qwerty Keypad or 3x4 Keypad in step 2a.

8. 2f - Turn word suggestions for Swype keypad on or off

Press the information icon.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
Press Options.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
Press Word Prediction to turn the function on or off.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
When the box next to the menu item is ticked (V), the function is turned on.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Swype in step 2a.
Press the Return key twice to return to text input.
Before you can turn word suggestions on or off, you need to select Swype in step 2a.

9. How to write text

The following steps describe how to use the different keypad types when dictionary and word suggestions are turned on.
Choose one of the following options:
Use Swype keypad, go to 3a.
Use QWERTY keypad, go to 3b.
Use phone keypad, go to 3c.
Use handwriting 1, go to 3d.
Use handwriting 2, go to 3e.
Please note that the following steps require that you've selected a keypad type in step 2a.
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10. 3a - Use Swype keypad

Press the first letter of the required word and slide your finger, without lifting it, across all the letters in the word.
Lift your finger after the last letter.
Press the required word to insert it.
To key in one number:
Press and hold the key with the required number until the number is displayed.
To key in more numbers or symbols:
Press SYM.
Press the required numbers or the required symbols.
Press ABC to return to text input.

11. 3b - Use QWERTY keypad

Press once on each letter to write the required word.
A number of words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
Press the required word to insert it.
Press arrow down to see more words.
To key in numbers or symbols:
Press ?123.
Press arrow right or arrow left to see more symbols.
Press the required numbers or the required symbols.
Press Abc to return to text input.

12. 3c - Use phone keypad

Press once on each letter to write the required word.
A number of words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
Press the required word to insert it.
Press arrow down to see more words.
To key in one number:
Press and hold the key with the required number until the number is displayed.
To write more numbers:
Press 123.
Press the required numbers.
Press ?#+ and then Abc to return to text input.
To key in symbols:
Press 123 and then ?#+.
Press arrow right or arrow left to see more symbols.
Press the required symbols.
Press Abc to return to text input.

13. 3d - Use handwriting 1

To key in letters:
Key in the required letters in the top left field or the top right field.
To key in numbers:
Key in the required numbers in the bottom left field.
To key in symbols:
Key in the required symbols in the bottom right field.
Your phone automatically suggests a letter, number or character matching what you've keyed in.

14. 3e - Use handwriting 2

To key in letters:
Press the symbol selection icon until ABC is displayed in the bottom left corner of the display.
To key in numbers:
Press the symbol selection icon until 123 is displayed in the bottom left corner of the display.
To key in symbols:
Press the symbol selection icon until ?#+ is displayed in the bottom left corner of the display.
Key in the required letters, numbers or symbols in the text input field.
Your phone automatically suggests a letter, number or character matching what you've keyed in.
To insert a space between two words:
Draw a horizontal line in the text input field.