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Android Tip O’ The Day: Show/Hide your keyboard with LauncherPro [UPDATED]

January 12, 2011 | by Michael Heller

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One of the most annoying issues in Android land is that there are plenty of times where your keyboard will be hiding something you need to see. It may hide where you are typing, or the next text field you want to get at, or there may just be a bug and your keyboard won’t go away. Earlier, I mentioned that the newest version of SlideIT has a dedicated key to show/hide your keyboard, but there is a better way to show/hide your keyboard and it comes with one of the best launchers in the Market.

First, you would need to install LauncherPro, which I would recommend, since it takes great features from different custom UIs and puts them in one package: HTC Sense-like social widgets, and MotoBlur resizing of widgets. With LauncherPro, no matter where you are in Android, even if there is no reason at all to bring up the keyboard, all you have to do is long-press the menu button on your phone to toggle showing/hiding your keyboard. That’s it! Easy as pie.

For Android users out there who do not have a dedicated search button, this can also be a useful way to perform a quick search. And just so you see just how easy this all is, here’s a video showing the simplicity. My hands are a bit shy, so here’s Andrew to demonstrate (and offer an extra tip!):