This guide is part of a series of visual guides offering brief instructions, recommended tools and hints & tips on typing in Arabic ( الكتابة باللغة العربية على الكمبيوتر) for learners of Arabic. The series include:

  1. Typing Arabic Diacritics
  2. Tips for Editing Arabic Text
  3. Arabic Handwriting Text Recognition
  4. Phonetic Typing of Arabic
  5. Gesture or Swipe Typing of Arabic
  6. Voice Typing of Arabic (Speech-to-text Recognition)
  7. Typing on Standard Arabic Keyboards
  8. Typing on Arabic Virtual Keyboards
  9. Arabic Speech-to-text Transcription
  10. Scanning Arabic Text

to access all guides, go to Typing in Arabic | Guides, Tools & Resources | INDEX

Gesture or Swipe Typing | A Brief Guide to Typing in Arabic

In a nutshell!Type Arabic faster by sliding your finger from letter to letter
What is it?This mode of typing, referred to a swiping, gliding or gesture typing, allows you to write Arabic by gliding your finger from letter to another across your keyboard. Swipe typing is useful for one-handed typing as it allows you to type with increased speed. There are a number of third-party apps that offer swipe typing and two of the most popular are by Google & Microsoft.
Recommended ToolsSwiftKey (Microsoft)
Gboard (Google)


  • Written & Designed by: Mourad Diouri, U. of Edinburgh


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