BlackBerry PlayBook Quick Tip: How to Type Special Characters

CIO.com's mobile maestro Al Sacco explains how to type special characters, such as letters with umlauts and accents, as well as symbols, on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's touch-screen keyboard.

The other day, while sipping a latte at the café and attempting to share my caffeine consumption with friends and colleagues via Twitter, I realized that though I've become fairly proficient with my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's touch-screen keyboard, I didn't know how to type that accented "e" in "café."

Typing Special Characters on BlackBerry PlayBook
Typing Special Characters on BlackBerry PlayBook

So I quickly performed a good ol' Google search and learned that it's quite simple to type a variety of special or accented characters via PlayBook. And you can also type a number of symbols, including the commonly used copyright symbol (©).

To type an accented character or symbol via BlackBerry PlayBook, simply press and hold the corresponding letter for a second to display the accent- or symbol-options, and then tap the option you wish to type.

For example, you can type a handful of accented "i" characters by holding down the "i" key on the PlayBook's touch-screen keyboard and then choosing a specific character from the on-screen options.

And accents and/or symbols are available for a variety of letters including E, R, T, Y, U, I, O, P, A, S, D, C, N and M.

BlackBerry smartphones also let you type many of the same special characters; you simply hold down the key for the character you wish to accent and then scroll left or right with your handheld's trackball/trackpad until the character appears. However, I think the PlayBook's method is actually simpler and more intuitive.

For more BlackBerry PlayBook tips read, "PlayBook Tips for All RIM Tablet Users," and "PlayBook Security Tips: How to Protect Your Tablet."

Then check out my two recent lists of recommended free PlayBook applications here and here.

Finally, more information on the BlackBerry PlayBook's touch-screen keyboard can be found on RIM's website.

AS

Al Sacco covers Mobile and Wireless for CIO.com. Follow Al on Twitter @ASacco. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline and on Facebook. Email Al at asacco@cio.com

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