How to turn on predictive text on Windows 10

Predictive text was first introduced on phones. The feature was useful as it is more difficult to type on a smaller device so the fewer buttons a user has to tap, the better. In fact, the feature has been useful beyond a mobile device.

Predictive text now appears in various formats eg, in Gmail, you can use it to send email. macOS will give suggestions if it thinks it knows what you are trying to write.

Windows 10 is no different; it also has predictive text but by default, it is only enabled for tablets that are a very small subset of Windows 10 devices. If you use, like most people, a Windows desktop or laptop 10, you can still use predictive text with a physical keyboard.

Predictive text on Windows 10

On Windows 10, there are separate options for predicting text on a touch-enabled device or tablet, and for a device with its own physical keyboard.

1. Predictive text for physical keyboards

To enable predictive text for a physical keyboard eg, the one on your laptop, or a keyboard connected to your desktop, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Options app (Keyboard shortcut Win + I).
  2. Select the Tools a group of situations.
  3. Select the Typing tab.
  4. Scroll down to Hard keyboard section.
  5. Turn on the ‘Show text suggestions how to type’ switch.
  6. Go to gin an app that allows you to enter text me, Notepad no Word.
  7. Enter text and Windows 10 delivers three suggestions for the next word.

2. Using predictive text with a physical keyboard

Using predictive text with a physical keyboard is slightly different than using it on a touch-enabled device. The trick is to select and enter the correct word using just the keyboard.

  1. Open app which allows a user to enter text.
  2. Start typing.
  3. When the predict text bar appear, tap on the Up arrow up to emphasize the first word air.
  4. Use the left / right arrow keys to select other words on the bar.
  5. Tap on the Enter a key and the highlighted word enters.

3. Predictive text for on-screen keyboard

If you use a touch-enabled Windows 10 device, a Surface tablet or a 2-in-1 laptop, you can also use the on-screen keyboard. Predictive text is enabled from different modification.

  1. Open the Options app (Keyboard shortcut Win + I).
  2. go to Tools> Typing.
  3. Under the Typing section, turn on the ‘Show text suggestions how to type on the soft keyboard’.

4. Using text prediction on a soft keyboard

Using text prediction on a soft keyboard is fairly straightforward;

  1. Enter text in app.
  2. Tap on a word on the prediction text bar to enter.


Predictive text develops over time. When you first enable it, the suggestions may not always be relevant but you should keep the feature on for a few days. Windows 10 will learn your typing pattern and provide more accurate suggestions.

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