Gboard receives major update that adds cursor control, edit buttons, adjustable size, and more


A new update for Gboard is rolling out via Google Play, and it introduces a handful of new and meaningful features to the app, that users have been asking for for quite a while. Cursor control for easily navigating between lines/words and selecting text, backed by dedicated cut, copy, and paste buttons are one of the highlights of the update, but it also enhances the keyboard's functionality with controls for fine tuning size for one-handed use, as well as other, more minor features that are nonetheless a welcome addition to the package.

So, let's get right to it and take a look at some of the more meaningful changes that have arrived in Gboard 6.2.

Expanded editing functionality



Arguably the biggest new addition to comes in the form of the aforementioned editing buttons and cursor keys. They are both housed in a new panel that's marked with an “I” symbol in Gboard's toolbar, and can be accessed by tapping the “G” logo while typing.

The new panel contains four directional buttons for selecting text, a convenient “Select all” button, controls for jumping to the beginning/end of a line, as well as dedicated cut/copy/paste buttons.

More control over size and positioning for facilitating one-handed use



By long-pressing the Enter/search/emoji button at the bottom right corner of Gboard (depending on the situation), you can now access another feature, beside moving the keyboard left and right, that grants you more granular control over its size and position on the scree. It can be accessed from the third icon at the bottom left corner. While dragging the keyboard around, you can always reset its position by tapping the “Undo”, or you can apply the changes you've made by selecting the check mark.

Minor design changes


If you have enabled key boarders in Gboard, you will notice that the keys are now more rounded than before and that each one has its own drop shadow. It's a minor change but we like it, since it goes well with the overall aesthetic that Google's been going for lately. Here's how it compares to previous versions of Gboard:



If you didn't know about key boarders in Gboard, you can enable them by going to “Gboard settings” > “Theme”, selecting the theme you want to use, and then enabling the “Key boarders” toggle beneath the theme preview.



Version 6.2 of Gboard is rolling out now on Google Play, but if it still hasn't reached you, and you're itching to try out these new features (and more), you can always enroll in the Gboard beta program by following this link.

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8 Comments

1. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Awesome..

2. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I like it!

3. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I used Gboard for a week but had to go back to Swiftkey. Getting to the ? ! . , keys are so much easier on Swiftkey than Gboard.

4. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Still no dual language typing.. Swiftkey ftw

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I absolutely love that text scrolling 'joystick' on my Lumia and was looking for a same feature on an Android keyboard that also happen to be free... Thanks Google...! All these options are absolutely perfect...! Glad to see that Smartphones (Only Androids, mind you... Don't get too excited iOS users...!) are getting closer and closer to a fully fledged desktop PC in terms of functionality and productivity... Brilliant... Absolutely brilliant...! G'Day!

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Gboard is killing other keyboard. they take(steal) the best idea from 3rd party keyboard and implement it in the best way.

7. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

I don't miss android hardware, but Google sure does software right. Their first party apps and services are second to none.

9. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

At first when Material Design was launched, I liked it. Now, it feels like Google is taking it more and more towards the look of iOS. I'm not sold on this choice. It makes me feel like perhaps one day Android and iOS will be the same. I absolutely hate that vision.

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