One of the new features of WP 8.1 is shape writing, where I swipe over the keyboard instead of tapping every key individually.

When I try to input a URL using shape writing, let's say:


I try to input windows, then phone, then I press the .com key. What I get is:

windows phone.com

which leads me to a Bing search instead of the site.

This forces me to select and delete the whitespace in between words as they are added automatically.

Is there any faster and more comfortable way to use shape writing for URLs?

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    I swiped over windowsphone and then tapped .com, shows windowsphone.com
    – N K
    Jul 29 '14 at 3:42

When you type more than one word and tapping .com, the .com will appended after a space. While typing urls try type/swipe over a single word and then .com/.us

I swiped over windowsphone and then tapped .com, shows windowsphone.com

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    I just tested it, and swiping windowsphone as a single word does indeed work. However, that's just one working example out of billions. I can't swipe stackoverflow without swiping stack then overflow. The problem is every time I swipe, a whitespace is added in front of the new word. Do you maybe know how to change that behavior so WP adds whitespaces after the swiped word instead?
    – Nolonar
    Jul 29 '14 at 8:25
  • That's is the default behaviour as the intention is that the user is trying to put search queries (unless single word ends with domain). For the use cases above, try bookmark the url or wait for bing suggestion.
    – N K
    Jul 29 '14 at 8:50

I am not sure exactly how the Wordflow interface works, but from experience of using other similar systems (Swype, et al), here is what I do:

  1. Swipe windows or stack
  2. Now, swiping another word adds a space before the next word. To counter this, press space then backspace (the software's automatic spacing breaks for this)
  3. Type your second word phone or overflow

Win Win Win.

Also, it'd be better if you add it to the dictionary for quicker access in the future.

  • Didn't work. Swiping a word automatically adds a whitespace in front of it except for the first word. What it does break, is word deletion; when you press the backspace it deletes characters individually instead of the whole word.
    – Nolonar
    Aug 4 '14 at 12:16
  • Then the best way would be adding it to your dictionary.
    – kumarharsh
    Aug 4 '14 at 12:24
  • I agree, though that's what IE's auto-complete feature is for. Neither help when I'm trying to enter a URL for the first time. Thanks for taking your time to answer my question, though. Much appreciated ;)
    – Nolonar
    Aug 4 '14 at 12:30

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