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Android: Delete user-added words from the keyboard dictionary

If you use Android on your smartphone, you’d appreciate that it’s really easy to add words to the keyboard dictionary. Next time, when you’re trying to type these words, predictive text inputs makes life simpler for you. Example: since a lot of my text messages are a mix of English and Hindi, I’ve added many commonly-used Hindi words to the dictionary.

So far, so good.

Eventually, like me, you may realize that you’ve added some unnecessary/misspelled words to the dictionary. You now want to delete these words from the dictionary, so that they’re not suggested to you when you’re trying to type something entirely different.

Here are the steps you need:

  1. Tap Settings > Language and Keyboard > Touch Input > Personal Dictionary.
  2. Tap Edit Personal Dictionary.
  3. Tap Menu and then tap Delete.
  4. On the Delete Word screen, select the relevant words and then tap Delete.
  5. You’re done!

The relevant options are a bit buried inside the menus, so I thought a blog post would help. These steps are relevant to Android 2.2 (Froyo) running on my HTC Desire HD.  I guess they’ll be relevant for 2.1 and 2.3 as well.

The curious case of the missing ‘Trash Can’

I came across this interesting Ubuntu forum thread that tells you how to reinstate the Trash Can icon in Ubuntu if you’ve ‘accidentally’ deleted it. Well, deleting it accidentally seems pretty easy too — all you need to do is right click the icon and then click ‘Remove from Panel’ instead of ‘Empty Trash’. Oops!

What the forum thread doesn’t say clearly is how to reinstate the Trash Can icon in its original position — far bottom-right corner of the screen, to the right of the Workspace Switcher boxes. I was able to do this easily by following these steps:

  1. Right-click the panel and click Add to Panel.
  2. In the dialog box that appears, select the Trash item and click Add.
  3. Now, right-click one of the Workspace Switcher boxes and click Remove from Panel.
  4. Right-click the Trash icon you added, click Move, and drag the icon to the far right corner of the panel.
  5. Add the Workspace Switcher item to the panel. If necessary, move it to the left of the Trash Can icon.

While at it, you can also add some other interesting gadgets to the panel. I added System Monitor, Tomboy Notes, Eyes, and Drawer! Here’s a clipped screenshot of my Ubuntu Lucid Lynx desktop.