Entering characters, letters and words by hand in the center display

Characters, letters and words can be entered in the center display by handwriting them on the touchscreen.
P5-1717-All-Keypad enable handwriting

Tap the button on the center display's keyboard to switch from the keyboard to handwriting mode.

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  1. P5-Icon red circle 1Space for entering characters/letters/words/parts of words.
  2. P5-Icon red circle 2Text field displaying suggested characters or words1 as they are written on the screen (1).
  3. P5-Icon red circle 3Suggestions for characters/letters/words/parts of words. You can scroll through the list.
  4. P5-Icon red circle 4Space bar. Blank spaces can be created by writing a dash (‒) in the field for handwritten letters (1). See "Writing blank spaces in free-text fields" below.
  5. P5-Icon red circle 5Delete. Tap once to erase one character/letter at a time. Wait a moment before tapping again to erase the next character, letter etc.
  6. P5-Icon red circle 6Return to the standard keyboard layout.
  7. P5-Icon red circle 7Switch off/on screen tap sounds.
  8. P5-Icon red circle 8Hide the keyboard. In cases where this is not possible, the button will not be displayed.
  9. P5-Icon red circle 9Change language for text input.

Handwriting characters/letters/words

Write a character, a letter, a word or parts of a word in the field for handwritten letters. Write the word or part of the word vertically or horizontally.
A number of suggestions for characters, letters or words will be displayed. The most likely will be shown at the top of the list.


Do not use sharp objects on the screen as this could cause scratches.
The character/letter/word will be entered automatically after a short pause if no other action is taken.
The character/letter/word at the top of the list will be used. Tap one of the other characters/letters/words in the list to use it instead.

Erasing/changing handwritten characters/letters

Erase text in the text field (2) by swiping over the handwriting field (1).

Characters/letters can be erased or changed in several ways:

  • Tap the desired letter or word in the list.
  • Tap the delete button to erase the letter and start again.
  • Swipe horizontally from right to left2 over the handwriting field. Erase several letters at once by swiping over the area several times.
  • Tap the X box in the text field to erase all written text.

New lines in free-text fields in handwriting mode

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Create a new line by drawing above the characters in the handwriting field as shown in the illustration3.

Writing blank spaces in free-text fields

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Make a blank space by drawing a line from left to right4.


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  1. 1 Certain system languages only.
  2. 2 For Arabic keyboards, swipe in the other direction. Swiping from right to left will create a blank space.
  3. 3 For Arabic keyboards, draw the same character, but in mirror image.
  4. 4 For Arabic keyboards, draw the line from right to left.