How to get typing suggestions on Windows 10 PC, just like smartphones

Smartphone users are quite familiar with the suggestion strip that appears on top of most keyboard apps. This allows users to easily choose a word to type with a simple tap, and in most cases, you can type in complete sentences, which are common, or you write them every time. This feature is loved by most users, and even me, as it offers a form of auto-complete on our smartphones. But, this feature is not limited just to smartphones these days. No, our physical keyboards do not have a touch strip on top of the keys to allow tapping on them, but it is possible in a different way.

As long as you are using Windows 10, you can get a suggestion strip that will show you the possible words with the letters that are typed by you. Even though this feature will not be available for all programs or typing areas, you can at least use it for auto-completion while writing an official letter, or you are doing some other work online or offline. This feature can definitely come in handy if you want to save some time and boost your productivity if most of your work is limited to typing long letters or documents.

So, without any further delay, let’s get started with how you can enable typing suggestions on your computer running Windows 10.

Getting typing suggestions on Windows 10

Step 1: Open Windows 10 Settings, either from the Start menu or with the help of the ‘Windows + I’ shortcut key.

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Step 2: In the Windows 10 Settings, click on ‘Devices’.

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Step 3: In the ‘Devices’ menu, click on ‘Typing’ on the left, under ‘Devices’.

Step 4: Now, just enable ‘Show text suggestions as I type’, under ‘Hardware keyboard’.

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Step 5: Now you are pretty much done. You can additionally enable other features, like, ‘Autocorrect misspelled words I type’, which is self-explanatory. But I will not recommend you to enable this, as you will regret later if you type in words in other languages, but with English alphabets.

Step 6: By default, all the words that you choose from the suggestion strip will automatically add a space, as well. You can change the settings from under ‘Typing’.

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Step 7: As you start typing, the words will appear on top of the cursor. Just use the up arrow to select the first word in the suggestion strip, and navigate to the left or right with the navigation keys. Finally, hit the enter key to type a word.

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This feature can be very useful if you are using the software keyboard, or an on-screen keyboard on your touch-screen PC, and also if you are using a physical keyboard, which majority of the users use. However, there are annoyances. The suggestion strip will also appear when you are entering a captcha, and Microsoft should recognize such special text fields where the suggestion strip or the suggestions do not make any sense at all. 

But, I must say, the suggestion strip or the typing suggestions can come in handy at times. So that was all about how you can use the suggestion strip on Windows 10. Do you have any questions? Feel free to comment on the same below.

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  1. Nebojsa Dzoganovic March 12, 2021

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