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 and let us know what you think!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the 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 watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. 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.