Do you use the one-handed keyboard in Windows 10 Mobile?

Earlier this morning, it was revealed that the WordFlow keyboard that is headed to the iPhone will also include a one-hand option. Later on, the Verge posted an image of said mode and it looks very much like one from a Microsoft Research project from 2012.

Needless to say, Windows Phone fans are once again peeved at the iPhone seemingly getting a feature that Windows 10 Mobile users do not.

However, savvy users will know that the Windows 10 Mobile keyboard has had a one-hand option for quite some time. Accessing it is relatively straightforward as we outlined in our '11 keyboard tips that will help you type faster on Windows 10 Mobile' article from November:

"When the keyboard is open, tap and hold the $123 button, and then tap the keyboard icon. Select which side you want to shift it to. This seems only to be available for devices with displays greater than 5 inches."

The effect can be seen below where the keyboard mushes up to one side or the other depending on your preference. Granted, this is not the seemingly "cooler" fan version that the iPhone is evidently getting. Regardless, since none of us have tested WordFlow on the iPhone, it is a bit early to presume that it is necessarily better (it could, but it also could be gimmicky).

All of this controversy raises the question: Do you even use the one-handed keyboard in Windows 10 Mobile? Did you know it was there?

The reason for the question may not be obvious, but like the ability to shrink the display (hold down the Windows key) some of these usability enhancements are just not utilized often by users either because of discovery issues or lack of convenience. Is that the case here?

Take the poll embedded above (or navigate to strw.pl/onehandluke) and let us know what you think!

Daniel Rubino
Editor-in-chief

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

314 Comments
  • I don't. Even when I'm using my brother's Lumia 1520 I don't use it. And I'd bet most people don't either.
  • That's my guess. It's nice in theory, but in practice not sure how many would activate it. The iPhone would have a similar issue as it's an extra step.
  • Now that this has been brought to my attention, I just switched the layout on my 950.
  • Yeah now you've brought this to my attention I've also switched, soooo much easier, thanks WC ;)
  • Same here ☺ didn't have an issue with my 950xl but it's just a bit more comfortable if I need to go to the "far" side now.
  • But... we don't use it because it's bad? The fan version is better? Why we don't have other keyboards? If I could try another one I could say if it's better or not. Even the closed iOS has other keyboards...
  • iOS didn't get third party keyboards until iOS 8, IIRC. We may well get third-party keyboards in future versions of Windows 10, I really hope we do personally. The Windows 10 phone keyboards are good enough, but on tablets it's pretty bad.
  • I'd like that too. However, the architecture of NT doesn't permit it. Here's a quote From another user on another forum who has read InsideNT and is very knowlegeable about the NT kernel:
    It has the potential to be a huge security issue. This doesn't mean they won't ever allow 3rd party solutions, but if they do, they will need a special certification process. Even Windows NT in general has strict guidelines for any input method that has the need to access secure layers. On Windows you can easily make a 3rd party keyboard for most things either via APIs or Hooks, but it can't send keystrokes to lower level or secured controls/content without jumping through several hoops. Just off the top of my head, it has to be a certified credential provider with the ability to obtain a security token of the same level for what it tries to access/touch. (Getting access to the ability to request and use low level security tokens on NT is simply not easy.) Also...
    Some of the most successful Android malware uses the keyboard interface. (iOS also has had successful malware hook into and work through the keyboard in the past.)
      With the low marketshare of Windows Mobile, I don't see swiftkey or swype or anyone else for that matter going through additional hoops deploying for Windows.
  • Yea the windows 10 keyboard is awful, nowhere near as nice as the W10 mobile one. Why Microsoft didn't bring word flow to Windows 10 desktop OS is beyond stupid.
  • I use it all the time on my 1520. Very useful for me if I really have to type using one hand. Sad that my 830 doesn't support this..
    The problem is the SEND button (sms)..which is on the far right side of the screen even when the keyboard is dragged to the left. :(
  • Yeah having the send button move with the one handed option would be so useful
  • Personally for me it makes perfectly good sense to put it on iPhone first. They have a lot more of a diversity of people to beta the product. I rather have a fully functional product as the end result.
  • Although, if it offered me something like that curved keyboard, I'd think if it.
  • I don't think that's the point. I use it and I'm interested to see how this one will be. I should be a first class citizen. Use me as the testing ground even if it's going to the other OS's.
  • I use my 928 one-handed all the time, thanks to Word Flow.
  • I don't because I don't have a Lumia >5 inches. Would anyone like to remedy that and buy me a 950xl?
  • I noticed that this wasn't in the poll. That's why I don't use it. I saw it when it was first shown off, was able to turn it on in an early build, but now on my 929 I can't activate it. I chose that I don't use it in the poll, but I have once before and would still if it was available. The phone is just the right size that I don't have to reach too hard to get to the other side.
  • True. Moreover I wonder how many users are knowing/using "moving the keyboard on the screen" feature or activating one handed mode by pressing Space button. I thank you guys for providing such information as MS is either slow in updating apps like Get Started or Lumia helps+Tips or all the information provided by them can be seldom found at one place.
  • Press hold the space, then drag to any side u want.... This activates the one handed keyboard. I dont think its an extra step tho
  • Lol I didn't even know about the 123 method in the post... I hold space bar then drag. It's useful for me on my 950xl, I'm short though, so small hands
  • @Dan, Thank you for this article. Many people didn't know about this feature. On your iOS fan article I commented a few times that we do have the feature, but just doesn't look the same. Then sent you an email to update the article. You can ignore the email now. I'm sure it went into spam/trash anyway. ;D
  • Hey Daniel, Msn News And Weather just got an update... I noticed the addition of dark mode in articles in news app... Please post this on windows central
  • They should bring back the good old T9 keyboard like I had on one of my earlier HTC devices:
  • If people do not activate it it is because they do not know about it and it is not as good as the rounded one. I use it anyway and MS attitude in the last months would have made me switch to other os if I wasn't a developer.
  • Aside from larger devices, it works if you make the display resolution at a lower setting too right?
  • I use it but only because I read about it on this site.
  • I don't have it on my 930 :(
  • I think 5-inch phones should have this option too, especially for people who have smaller hands would benefit to this.  
  • Not on my 930 either! Holding the &123 button just brings up the settings icon. Presiing and holding the space bar does nothing.
  • The keyboard with option to move around in the screen has a something like an equal sign = on the keyboard indicating that it is moveable. Fixed keyboards only shows the language used and sliding right and left over keyboard changes the keyboard language, if you have multiple languages installed.
  • I'm one of those people who uses it exclusively.
  • I only use it when I remember to use it.
  • Swipe to me is already 'one handed'
  • It is but people with small hands may have tough time reaching w,a and q with their right thumb. This brings the buttons closer.
  • A lot of people sure don't know about this. Microsoft better to advertise their Windows features both W10 and W10M (even Xbox maybe). Pretty sure alot of people hasn't take advantage of built-in apps in Windows 10.
  • Actually i use it quite often on my 1320, if we had it like (on the apparently better) the iOS keyboard i guess i would use it even more often
  • Okay, someone please help me here.
    When the ONE HANDED mode was announced it was only for LARGE devices at first then it supposedly came to all Lumias after fans asked for it. BUT in build 10586.29 (slow) running in a Lumia 525 it isn't there. I checked on two Lumia's but it isn't there!!!
    What's happening ?
  • isn't it only for 4.5" and larger?
  • I also don't use it. Because it doesn't support 5" screens and lower.
  • 5 foot screen! Wow! /s
    You mean 5"
  • Oops! Typo. Fixed.
  • Better than nothing
  • The problem is there is not much difference between on and off. And if your keyboard is set on small like mine on my 950, putting it left or right, the keyboard gets automatically bigger. Useless feature for now
  • Didn't even know it was there but now I am going to use it all the time.
  • Since I upgraded my 1520 to Windows 10 I use it all the time! This is super awesome ... the only other thing that bugs me is the fact that there are all these Hamburger Menus which are super intuitvely placed on the very opposite corner as my thumb ... I think I need a smaller phone ...
  • I use it. Not everyday but, several times a week easily. I'm glad it's there.
  • I have to admit thing ... My iphone 6 is better than any lumia now thanks to windows .... Well it used to be better but now it is more :D
  • Thanks to Windows? Care to explain that?
  • ms apps
  • Windows = MS?
  • Symbian fan?
  • Same with my HTC One M9. Microsoft is literally giving me reasons to stay off WP. That's why I left in the first place. Looks like they aren't changing the everyone else first mentality anytime soon. Lol. Posted via the Windows Central App for Symbian
  • I might try it though if we got the iphone version!!!
  • I didn't even know it existed lol...
  • No avail. for L Icon.
  • Yikes, seems like your Icon's keyboard has bigger problems like missing letters!
  • Lol ... Don't have it on Lumia 930 either must be screen size
  • Yes. Only Big devices.
  • I meant the one handed option, not the new keyboard for IPhone of course!
  • Yep 1520
  • No
  • Wm10 one hand way > iphones
  • +1
  • Yeah, that fan looks really awkward
  • To everyone salty about this: How do we know MS isn't just testing their Windows Bridges?
  • Why can't they test it on their own OS mobile? There are millions of Insiders
  • "Why can't they test it on their own OS mobile? There are millions of Insiders"
    There may be close to a million total and that is being generous.
  • My bad. Talking about not just one hand keyboard but Word Flow. It still is not yet available for Windows 10 PC, tablets for example.
  •  'cause testing our patience is plenty enough.
  • ^I laughed
  • They can't completely test the bridges on Windows because they are literally designed to develop stuff for other platforms first and then port them over to Windows. Now back on topic, I don't think that's what they're doing here but who knows.
  • I don't think keyboard is what we considered as 'apps'. Unless they're already considering having 3rd-party keyboard for W10M internally.
  • I doubt it.  Why would they port their own keyboard to their own platform?  If anything, I'm pretty sure they have a Windows version already or planned,  and the devs are just waiting for third-party keyboards to be supported.
  • I do on my 1520. And from that photo, I think iOS has a better implementation for one hand use. Hope this comes to WP soon.
  • Yeah, compared to W10M, the iOS one-handed keyboard layout looks more ergonomic for one-hand typing. This is even useful for swipe typing than actual tapping on those keys. The old 2012 curve keyboard prototype looks like its way more thumb-friendly though, I'm not sure unless I saw at least a video of it.
  • Not in Canada. SURPRISE!
  • lol um, I'm guessing it's your phone's model with a display less than 5" and not your region?
  • Lol yeah the ativ s was the biggest display available for 8.x in Canada. Sad but true
  • Dont forget the L830
  • Forgot about that 1. Though its not surprising given the short sales period here
  • My Canadian 640XL supports it.  It's not region-specific lol.
  • Now I am jeez, I'm a lefty and it was set to righty.
  • I used to on my 1520 and then I just kind of stopped.
  • I almost exclusively typed one-handed and did not know about this nifty trick in W10 mobile.  Thanks!
  • Tried to use it for the first time to write this comment, but......930
  • Really wish it was available on my 920. 5 in screen requirement is asinine
  • Maybe, but some of us with 5.7" displays don't even use it.
  • That doesn't mean the convenience of one hand use isn't desirable
  • Hey I got a question, my Lumia 640 with windows 10, it's running current build, but today my battery life was terrible today, and sometimes my keyboard glitches, it thinks I'm using flow keyboard typing when I'm just iPhone keyboard typing. Any fix?
  • They made the "one-handed mode" (push and hold Windows button) available for all devices after originally only making it available for bigger phones, so they could do the same here.
  • @Owen Dugmore. That is awfully clunky at best.
  • That's not for the keyboard... that's for reaching to items at the top such as menus and buttons.  The one-hand keyboard is accessed by pressing and holding the &123 button on the keyboard.
  • @thaman04 I am aware... That's why I said they could make the keyboard feature available for all phones *like* they eventually made the reach (hold win button) feature available for all phones.
  • Before everyone gets their pitchforks out again today, a Microsoft employee has confirmed on Reddit that the iOS keyboard truly is just a project from the Microsoft Research group: https://www.reddit.com/r/windowsphone/comments/42m9pd/microsofts_ios_wor... She assures us that the phone team is "improving the W10M typing experience based on all the feedback you guys have been sharing with us", but the iOS keyboard has nothing to do with anyone in the Windows division. This project reinforces WindowsCentral's report earlier today on MSR's push for more public projects: http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-research-will-push-get-more-prod... And this would be a great "in" for Cortana everywhere in iOS. Maybe even a way to hook into OneNote or something like OneClip? Combined with other utilities and apps, Microsoft could essentially take over iOS or Android from the inside out. Since converting them to Windows Phone failed, MS can at least lock them into Office, OneDrive, and other services in the ecosystem.
  • We give feedback to things that we know and have. Why they keep the creative things to people that don't give feedback? How can I ask to bring a "fan keyboard" if I don't have this idea?
  • We can't handle the truth...
  • Everyone should read this!
  • I get that... and it's a smart move to dominate other phones... but their own phones should still be treated as first-class otherwise no one will actually ever switch.   It seems like Microsoft Research isn't part of the 'One Microsoft' vision based on their note.  But neither is their Skype team.
  • Once in a while... I was amazed to see ppl whining abt iphone getting the feature because most of them didnt know that it came to w10m first... And its only gud for device like my l1520. . . Thats why i use it. I wud not have if i had a screen smaller or eqaul to 5".... I dont even use the moving feature... I bet if it comes to iphone too... Ppl will be like why msft....
  • I didn't know iPholk had opposable thumbs.
  • That there is funny
  • Very funny.
  • Never knew of this but on the 1520 unless you have a 6 inch thumb word flow works like crap. That is UNTIL I read this article. Shrinking it down and to the right makes a tremendous difference. Though I think word flow is over hyped generally speaking. Thanks for the tip!
  • I am so tired of getting "nit" instead of not.
  • That started with W10M keyboard. It was fine before.
  • I totally forgot it was avialable. I use larger format phones, 5.7". I usually use 2 hands, or it's Cortana to the recue.
  • I knew about it. Elected not to use it, not even on my 1520. When I type, I like two thumbs.
  • You don't need to press and hold the 123 key and then select the keyboard type. You can also simply hold the space bar and drag the keyboard left or right as well as up down.
  • This is what I do. Hold and drag the spacebar.
  • I knew about the up and down, but not the left and right, appreciate it.
  • Microsoft should seriously market and give ads about their Windows features, including the WordFlow keyboard. This is why alot of people didn't even know Microsoft giving us options, most of the times Microsoft didn't even try to mention it to the public and give ads about it.
  • They released many mini-vids on the features... but they can't advertise EVERY little feature otherwise that'll be overkill.  Most people don't even care about this feature to be honest.
  • Not really those very small features that are buried under the settings. Features that are most likely used by anybody. Those mini-vids showcase the major features and most are because its a new features. We need to have some other similar vids to showcase some existing features that people more like being use already but don't know the extra functionality, such as the WordFlow Keyboard, a feature that every Windows Phone/Mobile user use but maybe don't know other stuff other than typing. We don't need videos talking about Device Manager or other totally non-obvious stuff.
  • Sure as **** do.
  • I don't use it cause it's hard to use with 1 hand (contrary to the curvy one from ios :D)
  • I like that the option is there, but I just don't need it because I purchase devices like the 950 or M8 that fit my hand.
  • No. Not even with the other platforms. Two-handed use still is faster and the phone is more secure. Really no decent situation wherein you'd need to use the phone one-handed. If the phone falls and breaks because of that, then it was much deserved. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Well, I is not that hard to balance a phone. I often have the problem that I do not have both hands free and without this balancing your phone actually gets much worse than it already is. Reaching all over the screen to the keys on the opposite site of your hands is an enormous hassle ...
  • It actually isn't hard, but doesn't mean that you should actually do it. If you don't have both hands free then wait until you've got them free. If you actually drop your device then the size isn't to blame but yourself. You wouldn't need to balance anything or rely on software aids on two hands.
  • True that. Still, there are often situations where two-handed use is not an option. And without bad controls this would not be a problem in the first place, since I can securely hold my phone with one hand. It just gets somewhat problematic when I actually have to use it ...
  • Never used it. I typically buy phones that fit in my hand and Wordflow's Swype-like feature makes it even easier. The only issue I've ever had was reaching the top of the left corner on my 1520 but that's been remedied by its retirement. The 950 is now my daily phone and I haven't looked at the 1520 the same ever since.
    Btw, Lumia's don't break from drops, that's an Android /iPhone issue. How small are your hands? Phones are intended for one handed usage, not two. If you have to use two hands then you bought the wrong phone. It's also a well known fact that the fastest typing record was set by using one hand (Omnia 2) so I'm not sure where you based that comment from. So if you bought an Android then it is you who much deserves a broken phone for buying such shoddy built devices.
  • Opposite experience for me - after switching from the 1520 to the 950, I'm finding myself really missing the big screen, especially when web browsing or reading news articles and comments, such as on WC.  I passed on the XL due to some of its specific deficiencies, but I'm starting to really second-guess my choice. As for the keyboard, I don't use the one-handed option, even when one-handed swipe-typing, such as while driving.  The regular keyboard never felt too big or tough to reach across for me, even on the 1520, and on the 950 the difference between the regular and one-handed one is negligible.
  • Quite the opposite actually. I actually despise devices with screens lower than 5.5-inches. I'm an Asian so my hands aren't that big compared to other people who're taller and complain about the size of a 5-inch device. I can reach the opposite end of the keyboard without any issues so I can't see where the problem is with others. The fastest record is with a Galaxy S4, two hands, and the aid of Fleksy. I don't need the latter. Yes, a phone is intended to used with one hand. I haven't even seen anyone using the phone functionality with two hands. Have you? Texting is a different concern. If texting is meant for one-handed usage then we'd have those one-handed keyboard right off the bat when on-screen keyboard started. They only started adding these for people who don't give a damn about their phone (since you guys rarely pay full-price for them) and they're hoping you'd drop them trying to use it one-handed. Two-handed usage still secures the phone better than a single hand. You'd probably care enough if your only option is buying devices at full-price.
  • I think that is specifically your case (clumsy hands), as for me, when I had my Lumia 640XL, one-handed keyboard was perfect as it improved the stability when holding the device, there was no need of stretching my thumb and with combination of WordFlow it was a delightful feature, only diminished by the weird word prediction, at least for my language.
  • Wait, you can't secure your phone with one hand? Also, I find using wordflow with one hand faster than typing with two.
  • I don't, but if it looked like the iPhone version I might and I'm not just saying that out of spite. Looks like it really would facilitate one-handed thumb use more than the Windows version.
  • Didn't know it existed. Never noticed the menu option on the 123 key. I do not have the need to use my Lumia 1520 one handed. Sometimes I use my L1520 in landscape to type with 2 thumbs, very convenient.  
  • The actual questions should be: how many of us owe phones with screens above 5"? and how many of those people are actually voting? How can we make sure only users with 5" phones would vote? We can't so the results can't really be trusted
  • I use this feature daily...
  • Yes, I use it very often.
    Although type flow is another good alternative.
  • What many people also do not realize is that in Windows 10 Mobile the keyboard moves up and down as well (and left and right too on larger screens). Press and hold the space bar and it moves. There are a number of features like that the average user is not aware of. Certainly MS needs to do a better job and pointing these out, but the OS is far more powerful than many give it credit for.
  • I just did the space bar trick and it worked. Sweet.
  • It's useful for me, when i lying on my bed i almost use this feature I'm not using 625 anymore i just use 640 XL
  • You can also just hold down the spacebar, a blue outline will appear and you can drag the keyboard to one side or the other. You can also drag the full keyboard up or down the screen to access hidden text.
  • Ndvdr
  • Never
  • comment of the day
  • I use this all the time on my 950
  • Ditto
  • If only we could move the "send" symbol, life would be a little easier. If you're using one-handed feature with your left hand, you'll have to reach over to send it. Maybe they should place it in the middle....
  • On the 950, the most obvious effect is changing the cursor control location.
  • I'm lucky enough to have a large enough hand that even the 1520 I could use my one thumb to hit all the keys. I usually type one-handed, never thought about it before
  • Since I do not have windows 10 installed in my 1520 I do not use it. But I do miss it on al daily basis :)
  • I saw a very similar soft keyboard on a small Sony "Tablet PC" running full Windows XP many years ago. It was pretty sweet, but ahead of its time.
  • Honestly I have never used it on my 950. I just tried it and it seems to work well. I love to use swiping when using one hand. I wish it would pull further left or right as it still leaves a gap on either side. I will use now that I know.
  • Yes so I want the best one hand keyboard
  • Never have...
  • Sometimes, but I found that my thumb is still too short for it. I suggested they move it more to the left or right. (Using a 950 XL)
  • I type with both hands holding the phone, that way I type almost as fast as I would on a keyboard. But I would like to try this curved keyboard. I don't use the one hand option on Windows 10 Mobile as it actually makes the keys smaller and it's not curved..
  • I have it on my Lumia 1520
  • I'm using it right now
  • no there is not a sign like that on my keyboard. I'm using L920.   http://postimg.org/image/byhhrz1a9/
  • If you read carefully the feature is only available to devices having screens larger than 5 inches.
  • well obviously i didnt read it carefully :D and my english may be not enough to get it too :/ thanks 
  • Always did after switching to the 1520 and WM10, this is one of the best features Microsoft bought to WM10. Now only if Microsoft can..
    a) improve the word prediction better (or at least make it on par with 8.1)
    b) bring this feature to small tablets (or all touch screens) running W10
  • I would and I did but it's not shrunk enough. On my Lumia 950 the difference is small so I can still reach and the predictive text has learned so well my word habits from 3 year use that it's not really needed. I love the concept though.
  • No i never used it, because my lumia 640 is only 5 inch and it's not applicable. Anyway I love the swipe better.
  • I'll be using it now. And I would switch to a fan if the option was available as it follows the natural curve of the thumb, it's like the GameCube controller which still, to this day, has the best face button design of any game controller because it follows the natural curve of your thumb.
  • I think I must be weird, because although I'm a righty, I always seem to control my phone with my left hand. The thing that really annoys me though is when the keyboard is over to the left, they move the the cursor 'nub' thing over to the right, just to the point where is not quite comfortable to reach, plus it seems to get in the way of wordflow if a word starts with 'm'... Seems backward to me. :)
  • Not an option on my 640
  • No.
  • I use it and love it. Very functional and efficient for me. #1520
  • I actually forgot this was a feature. Lol used it to type this though. Might use it more
  • Microsoft give ur all ideas n innovations n upcoming features to other platform.. Nadella the anti-windows CEO, stop making windows phones.. Mobile market is not for u..
  • "Mobile market is not for u.."
    I dunno, they're doing pretty swell on iOS and Android! :P
  • This app was in development way before Satya.  Stop blaming people who had nothing to do with this.  Microsoft Research and Garage tend to do their own experimental apps separate from the actual teams.  Obviously it's working for them since they are dominating their Stores which will hopefully entice people to switch.
  • Not on my Lumia 925.
  • I have a 925 as well. Screen is small enough that compressing he keyboard to one side or into the corner would make it hard to swipe
  • Yeah, fits perfectly in the hand, but since I put a case on it, it's hard to reach the other end
  • I do. But I don't care for the version being off in the pictures. It looks too crowded for me.
  • I hate the one-handed mode on my 1520. I've been requesting a toggle to turn it off for months. Probably not going to happen. Sad face.
  • Just use the regular keyboard mode...you don't have to use the one handed keyboard
  • Huh? It's optional and you have to enable it.  It's not set that way by default.  Just press+hold the spacebar and drag it to the middle.
  • I knew about one-hand mode keyboard on my 1520 but never used it. Maybe because of its makes no difference! but, if it is curved the way on iPhone I would definitely use...
  • So if you never used it then how do you know it makes no difference?
  • Not fair, even the one handed keyboard is light years away from the more ergonomic round one. We want THAT one, give it to use so we'll use it.
  • I mean, no one has tried it yet. Can't say what "we" want and last I checked, everyone thinks everything looks more awsome on the internet until they actually get it.
  • I know what you mean but it's natural to feel left out. We understand MS business practices and priorities, but it feels a bit crappy. To be honest, I have tried the smaller keyboard on my new 950 XL and it's still not there in terms of improvement, I was actually thinking it would be better to have a radial keyboard just before this came out.
  • We are all hoping and waiting for Microsoft to blow the market up with unique features that will drive the masses to our beloved Windows Phone. It is only natural for us to react this way. If I could toggle the keyboard to be radial, and keep it that way, and it works better than the way it is now... then +1 to Windows. Options and customization should be a windows thing. Look at live tiles. Currently, with this news, +1 to iPhone fans.
  • That would require an OS change to support third-party keyboards.
  • Plz add it to lumia 730 ...
  • I accidentally end up in the mode all the time on an HTC One m8, but never intentionally use it.
  • Will use it when w10m arrives. The keyboard was blocking where I was writing. L640 xl lte running 8.1 u2 The keyboard covers half the screen and I a third of the screen will be enough.
  • I do not use it
  • I would probably use it more if it was more easily accessible. As it stands, having two exra steps doesn't really make it worth it every time I use a different hand.
  • Apples to Blood Oranges comparison. Which is not to say either one is likely to get huge following. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You mean &123 key and like so many features of my 950 you learn by sharing and picking up discoveries from others and reading dead from you I did nor know this one.
  • If it's not that big of a deal, then why did the writer of the original article not stick up for Microsoft and play the fan thing off as a gimmick that no one will use anyway? Here comes Dan to put out the fire this other author started. When I read the article, I felt like it was written by an Apple lover just rubbing more dirt into Windows Fans wounds. We all know outlook apps run better on iOS, we all know Microsoft has a team developing Cortana for iOS and Android. I come to Windows Central to learn about features concerning "Windows". I don't need to hear about cool features coming to iOS.
  • Sorry not dead. Meant to say reading about it
  • @Wayne Hodges, you know you can edit your comments right? If the edit button disappears from the app. Close the app from the task switcher and reload it. If your using the website, close the tab and reload. It happens to me time to time.
  • I don't use it. I think there's not much need to use it!
  • Also central what an article revealing unknown features tips and more about these handsets that we may not know or ms forgot to tell us about.
  • No. I'm get used to the movement of using PC keyboard. My typing motion on phone is similar to that on PC. So, one-hand typing won't work well with me.
  • The one-handed keyboard on W10M with my 1520 is my life support. I don't know how I managed without it when I used WP8.1 to be honest. I find myself shrinking the keyboard all the time!
  • Didn't know about it, but now I do. I will use it a lot!
  • Hopefully Windows 10 gets a "universal" keyboard across phone, desktop, and other W10 devices.   I'm especially missing Swype ("Word Flow") from Windows 10 Mobile which should definitely be brought to the on-screen keyboard on Surface Tablets.
  • I do use it... Actually its pretty handy holding the space bar to enable it and then using word flow
  • Okay, someone please help me here.
    When the ONE HANDED mode was announced it was only for LARGE devices at first then it supposedly came to all Lumias after fans asked for it. BUT in build 10586.29 (slow) running in a Lumia 525 it isn't there. I checked on two Lumia's but it isn't there!!!
    What's happening ?
  • I would just be happy with that keybard for my surface. The nubby cursor thing would be nice but I really want text-to-speech.
  • Hey, guys. I'm new here and have a very vested interest in Windows phone. I want a 1520, and I'm going to get one eventually. But this is basically me saying hello. If you've been to Android Central you've probably seen me on there before. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Welcome and there is a introduction sub forum :). Best use that, you'll get alot more responses / views that way :).
  • Thanks! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • My thumb is too short even on the 950 to reach the far side. it should be noted, that perhaps because I have English and Japanese keyboards installed, the menu to find this is on the language key - not the 123 key.
  • Hold the space bar and you should be able to move it that way :).
  • Microsoft should also implement WordFlow for touchscreen devices across Windows 10.
  • I agree. They should bring this to tablet! Why is it taking so long to add such simple feature?
  • It's simple, Microsoft is more interested in providing windows as a better service for other platforms, rather than its own!
  • It should utilize the UWP so it can be universal and allow custom keyboards to be installed too! :)
  • i had no idea we had one, but i must say i liked the curved one better
  • I actually JUST discovered this yesterday. I'm trying out the left-handed, small keyboard because my left thumb hurts when I move it too much. Haven't had a chance to really test it out but I'm confident it'll work out. I SEEM to be making less typos too.
  • Don't you mean right hand side or you meant your right thumb? :P.
  • I just hold down on the spacebar and move the keyboard to the right...
  • Same here. Much easier that way.
  • First roll the F*****g update of wp10 then ask such questions
  • Spot on dude!
  • The fan version would be great in w10
  • I use it all the time on my 1520. I also use the screen drop-down function very frequently as well.
  • I used it all the time on the 1520 and now use it sometimes on 950 XL..
  • Oh, I use it on my 640XL all the time while on a bus or a tram, clinging with one hand to the rails because those drives are maaaad. Anyway, it's useful when you have to text back and the other hand is busy saving your life. :)
  • I'm sure we'll get it. Ios users are beta testers
  • Oh and we are? Insiders right? :P
  • Definitely I'm using thumb only writing very often as I'm now.
  • Well I use the shrink screen option, but the keyboard option I don't do you know why? Because is not available for phones with screen size of 4.5 inch
  • This begs the question, are the poll results including people that simply don't have the option and are voting no? They should have included a 4th option for those people. Results aren't accurate then.
  • You can also hold the spacebar and drag the keyboard to reposition it almost anywhere. L950XL
  • I would use it if they would make it available for all screen sizes. I have a lumia 930 and it would often come handy.
  • Does it even work with 4" screen? I still have Lumia 520! 
  • Do you even need it for 4"devices?
  • It is not there in Lumia 540, why
  • It is only for big screens. I don't think you need something like this on a 540.
  • Now the iphone will be look like Windows Phone than Windows phone itself. Keep doing things like this Microsoft (Sarcasm)
  • I do. Not all the time of course, but during my daily cimmute, in a packed Parisian métro, when I want to text my wife but am using my 950 with one hand only, I long press the space bar, squeeze the keyboard to the right and then use swipe and word flow.   Without that one-handed mode, I couldn't swipe correctly, the screen being to big for my hands to be used with a single hand.
  • I just used it to type this comment and it works great.
  • I switched to it as soon as I got my 950. Much more manageable (though I think there should be an even smaller option) and take up less room then the full size one. As for discoverability. Microsoft need to bring in the feature hints from the desktop maybe... Only make them smarter and respond to the user better. For example: Don't tell me about features I already use every day.
  • I use both
  • I never use it.
  • No
  • I have a question ... Why all the features and characteristics of Windows Phone available on iPhone development of Microsoft? Why are we ignoring the Windows Phone users?!
  • Because people who are developing Windows Phone doesnt even want to use it. Joe Belfiore was caught today using an iPhone.
  • I don't feel the fan mode that interesting.
  • Unfortunately not available on Lumia 730
  • I use it. Alot.
  • Holding "space" button down for one second will enable you to go with the keyboard up down and one handed left, right. So, those 100 steps aren't necessary, and yes.. I use it sometimes.
  • No problems once handing the 950xl the 1520 was a little fiddly but still manageable.
  • I almost always use the small version when in landscape mode
  • Wish
  • I don't have that feature.. Only bigger screen sizes? :-o
  • I just heard about the one handed keyboard for windows 10 right now, typed this on it... Took some getting used to, prefer the two handed keyboard... Maybe if I train my self it might come in handy on a bike or something when I really can't use two fingers... But most of the time I prefer two handed typing as I'm just so much more faster that way ;-)
  • I just found that out lol
  • Sooo, not only do they force you to use MS keyboard on W10M (I want Swiftkey dammit), they make a different keyboard for iOS?  And don't even offer it to us?  I feel like they're trying to kill W10M.
  • Is this available for wp8 users my 1520 hasn't gotten the update, and I could very much use this as an option. The fan version looks awesome though, bring services home first MS then pimp them out
  • I use the one handed keyboard on my 1520. The curved keyboard would be a nice option to have but as the article notes until we try it out may be more of a gimmick.
  • I use the keyboard on my 920, one handed most of the time.
  • Used it a fair amount on my 1520 for when I needed my other hand free (no not that lol). Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The easy way... press and hold the space bottom until a colored border appears around the keyboard, then keeping your finger on the space bar slide left or right. If you don't hold long enough for the border, sliding will change the keyboard's dictionary.
  • Using it on L950 xl and still have problems to reach left side of keyboard :'(
    Curved keyboard will be great for me.
  • I use it all the time, is so much faster! You aren't covering that new iPhone app from Microsoft (Microsoft selfie) which is so much better than Lumia selfie...
  • What isn't better on iOS?
  • Typing accuracy is very bad on windows 10 mobile so I'm switching between one handed and full keyboard with larger keys. Thankfully it is very easy to do.
  • I use the one-handed keyboard constantly on my 950XL. However, i use the spacebar shortcut to activate it-
    Tap and hold the spacebar > Drag left/right. Being right handed, this is actually easier and faster for me than tapping the '&123'> keyboard button method. I'd quite like to test out the fan style keyboard shown here too though.
  • So cool...but,but...wtf???it's for ios???my dear microsoft you've failed.
  • I use it when driving.
  • As a windows phone fan from WP7, now I really really want to say "F*** you Microsoft".
  • Apparently people use phones one-handed. I could never understand why. It looks and feels so awkward. I suppose I could play baseball one-handed, but why would I if I have two? To each their own. Glad if people find this useful.
  • VhhhffStill is not the same thing. I wish people don't try justifying MS actions because it's mobile offerings on iPhone are 100 times better than those on their own os. Outlook on IOS is superior in every way, so is the office suite and now the keyboard it's more ergonomic. This just shows that MS do not care about their OS and the phone are just got a quick cash grab.
  • Don't use it.
  • I dont use it, its pointless. The buttons become too small even on a 6"device. If they were curved like the iphone version they would be easier to hit when smaller. I have always thought this.
  • Is this available on the 930? I can't seem to find it.
  • I've got big hands so no need, for me, but I can see how it might be useful. IPhones can double tap the home button and the top of the screen comes down within easy reach - accessibility features like this are always appreciated. Once again it takes Apple to reinvent someone else's good idea and make it mainstream. What a world lol
  • I always use this feature whenever required..
  • I have been using this for like 2 months now its really a handy feature and man it helps a lot while typing on my Lumia 640XL
  • Windows 10 mobile? That's a yet unanounced OS update for 99.99++% of windows phone users...
  • We are the 00.01%!
  • I don't use the mode, personally, but I like that the option to use it is there. I think it makes sense for Microsoft to test this product on another platform where there is a larger diversity of users to test it before they decide if they want to expand. If this one-handed mode gets good reviews, we'll likely see it on Windows Mobile devices, but for now I'm not missing it. It looks cool but I'd likely never use it. ​Oh and this goes to all the people who were stalking the comments sections telling people that they were wrong and Windows 10 Mobile already has a one-handed mode: you should've done your research. This fan is what they were talking about all along. If you actually paid attention you would've understood that. Maybe next time you'll wait thirty seconds before berating people. Have a good day.
  • Well said.
  • No, really, what do you want to say? Better to not have features? Isn't it better if we have options? And admit it, everything about iPhone, and everything in iOS seems more beautiful and polished. Even Skype, Outlook and Office apps! Nothing new, Microsoft like always is interested in providing "windows as a (GOOD) service" to other platforms, rather than focusing on improving it's own mobile platform..
  • I use it.... Its easier and convenient.... And a cool feature is always welcomed regardless of whether they are used often by everyone or a few.... Even if it is used by a handful of people it is important.... Considering the market share of Windows phone platform, an integration of a Windows phone feature in a much better way to a rival platform like ios is just like nailing your own grave..... So I think this polling is baseless....
  • Not available for lumia 1020 which is sub 5 inch
  • LOL didn't even know it was there in my 1520 before this article... so thanks WC.
  • The real problem here is why in hell Microsoft didn't implement it better in Windows 10 before. So that users would actually use it.
  • Didn't even know it existed. Now I'm loving the keyboard even more
  • Love it on my 1520. I prefer the smaller keyboard when wordflow typing, don't have to make such late gestures. I use the hold space bar method, which also allows you to detach the keyboard and flay it around the screen. Keyboard on top??
  • It may be the best feature in the world but if nobody knows it's there...(Change logs would be helpful too.) I just learned that I could hold down most of the keys and they pop-up a menus of more key options. Never new there was a keyboard settings option under the "&123" key either. The one-handed mode where the screen basically goes to half size confused the heck out of me. I was like WTF just happened?!?
  • I can't access the one-handed keyboard on my Lumia Icon so I haven't used it at all. I think I would use it though because I do most of my typing with my right thumb.
  • Right on!
  • How come it's not available for all phones running the latest build of Windows 10 mobile? When l check for the left and right buttons l only have the setting gear on my Icon.
  • You have to hold and slide everything, hold the gear for a minute.
  • Can yoi please tell me how to get back the feature, where you can swipe starting from the &123 button to quickly jump into symbols pane(like to quickly type a number and get back automatically to text keyboard)? I Miss this feature from WP 8.1 ;(
  • I stumbled into it a while ago when tinkering with the different keyboard sizes. I didn't give it much thought because it didn't seem like a big change. I guess I'll have to try it and see how it works.
  • On the 950 it gets you nothing.  I suspected the 950 would just be too big and it turns out I was right.  One-handed use is a thing of the past, apparently.  I was really hoping for a 5" inch device which would be a better fit.  Using what passes for "one-handed keyboard" on W10M does not even come close to being one-handed.
  • Depends on the phone! I can easily one-hand my 950XL without using the assist. In fact, I think I could go bigger.
  • Tbh, I barely knew about it. I like the buttons big, and use wordflow one handed if I need to. I honestly don't think this feature is really needed. Simplicity is good.
  • I do now...
  • I tried using it on my 640 XL (which has a huge screen), but I'm not a fan of it.  It just feels awkward.  I prefer holding the phone with two hands and swiping instead :)
  • Why would you, swipe works just fine one handed on my 1520.
  • can we just get a T9 keyboard? This would make things much easier for one-handed use... also the 2012 one-handed seems cool.
  • The infamous Microsoft Mug! Where can I get one??!
  • Obviously I don't have it on my Icon, but I will say one of my favorite features of the standard IOS keyboard is adding shortcuts.  It makes it really easy to add my email addresses and common phrases.  I use it a ton and I really wish it was available to MS users.
  • No. I can use my 950 one handed with no problems.
  • I use it once in a while. It's useful to reach all the keys with one hand when using Word Flow. The location of the option keys (settings and keyboard layout) changes from the Number keys to the Language Switching Key if it's been turned on. But I agree with others, the curved keyboard looks more fancy.
  • Can anyone please tell me how to get back the feature, where you can swipe starting from the &123 button to quickly jump into symbols pane? I Miss this feature from WP 8.1 ;(
  • I've asked this several times before but never get an answer...when oh when will WordFlow come to the tablet???
  • No, but I do plan to use it. On my wife's iPhone!
  • Btw - there's a faster way. Simply press and hold the space bar on the keyboard and once you see the blue frame move the keyboard. You can get to right-handed or left-handed one-hand-use or, alternatively, you can even move the keyboard up to be placed anywhere on the screen where you find it convenient.
  • best keyboard for fapping  
  • lol android, iphone windows phone none of it really maters.  All that maters is your useing the device you like.
  • Almost every day on my Lumia 1520. Great for one handed use.
  • what the ****, we dont even have word flow on windows 10 for pcs.
  • Agree. WTH.
  • I would if I could (not available on L830
  • I didn't use it until I read about in the article here. I like it all the time from now on on my Lumia 950 XL. I think it's to bad they didn't make this feature more visible. But I am really glad I found it :)
  • Here is a better question: what is the purpose of unlocking the keyboard and moving it around in w10m?
  • Been using that feature ever since I installed windows 10 on my Lumia 1520
  • I'd rather see them use the feature of holding the window key to move tthe app to half the screen then let us SNAP ANOTHER APP on the other half of the screen so we cold use two apps at the same time!!!