Google Scribe Helps Speed Up Text Typing

Google Scribe is a new Google Labs project that helps you speed up text typing. Google Scribe basically provides text completion service. Using information from what you have already typed in a text field, Google Scribe provides related word or phrase completion suggestions. In addition to saving keystrokes, Google Scribe’s suggestions indicate correct or popular phrases to use.

You can use Google Scribe on any active text field in a webpage. For example, you can now type faster in Twitter to send updates faster, fill comment form of a blog, compose email, be it GMail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, or any other email, etc. With the handy keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures you can now fasten up text typing while also cut typing errors.

If you are using Google Chrome, then you can enable Google Scribe using the official Google Scribe (Labs) Chrome Extension. If you are using any other browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera or Apple Safari, then you can use the Google Scribe Bookmarklet to enable Google Scribe.

Google Scribe in action

Handy Google Scribe keyboard shortcuts:

If you use a Mac, you can use the shortcuts below by replacing Ctrl with Command/Meta key.

Function Shortcut
Choose suggestion Enter
Choose suggestion without adding space Tab
Hide suggestion menu Esc
Display suggestion menu, if hidden Tab
Choose any suggestion Corresponding number (1 to 9 or 0) or click on the suggestion
Navigate through suggestions Up / Down arrow keys. Enter to choose highlighted suggestion
Toggle Google Scribe Ctrl + J
Toggle between “Always” and “On demand” Ctrl + Shift + J

More detailed help on using Google Scribe can be found here.

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