TouchPal, A Better Touch Keyboard For Windows 8

TouchPal, A Better Touch Keyboard For Windows 8

Computer users who’re running Windows 8 on a non-touch machine probably might not have discovered the new touch keyboard included in the newest version of Windows. The new touch keyboard, specially designed for touchscreens, comes with decent set of features and works pretty well too. The all new touch keyboard in Windows 8 shows text suggestions as you type, adds a space after choosing a text suggestion, highlights misspelled words, autocorrects misspelled words, plays key sounds as you type (see how to disable touch keyboard sound), adds a period after when you double-tap the spacebar, and capitalizes the first letter of the each sentence. The native touch keyboard even shows the keyboard shortcuts when you touch the Ctrl key. Users who have used native touch keyboard for any significant amount of time would agree that it’s the best touch keyboard available on Windows yet. And users who aren’t happy with the native touch keyboard don’t have much options. Unlike, mobile operating systems, Windows 8 doesn’t have a large number of third-party touch screen apps to choose from. Even though a few available for Windows 7, none of them work great on Windows 8, especially with touchscreen. The good news is that a free alternative to the native touch screen has been released and is now available for Windows 8. TouchPal, one of the popular touch keyboard apps in the Android world, is now available for Windows 8 as well. Computer users who have been using TouchPal on their Android and iOS devices probably know about its features and options. Following are the key features of TouchPal: Three keyboard layouts Next generation predictive engine Gesture shortcut to quickly include numbers and punctuations Offers best sliding keyboard experience Corrects misspelled works while typing on QWERTY TouchPal’s next-generation predictive engine is pretty accurate and saves a lot of keystrokes and your precious time. The predictive text feature gets only better with the time. It remembers new words when you type and predicts the same word next time when you start tying the beginning letters of the word. It even lets you backup the user dictionary so that you can use your custom dictionary on Windows 8 machines as well. TouchPal Curve feature lets you insert words by sliding through the first part of the word. Gesture shortcut is another awesome feature of TouchPal. Unlike the native keyboard, while using TouchPal, you don’t need to switch to “other side” of the keyboard to insert numbers and punctuations. TouchPal displays numbers and punctuations on some keys and can be inserted by sliding up the key. That is, instead of tapping a key, slide up the key to insert the number or punctuation. Saves a great amount of time! You can turn on or turn off keyboard sound, touch keyboard popup behaviour, TouchPal Curve feature, spell check, and also change the transparency settings. TouchPal comes with three keyboard layouts: Standard, split, and T-style. The touch keyboard includes keys to quickly turn on/off slide, and spell check. Overall, TouchPal is a good keyboard software for Windows 8. If you own a Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro powered tablet, you can give it a try. Note that the current version of TouchPal doesn’t support Windows RT OS. UPDATE On 12, Feb, 2017: TouchPal for Windows is no longer available to download. Download TouchPal

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