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How to find underscore character on Samsung phone keyboard

by jeanniegraham / October 29, 2011 8:34 PM PDT

I foolishly used an underscore character in a user name, and I can't find it on the Samsung Galaxy S2 keyboard, so I can't log into the android version of flickr!
Anybody know where the character is? This _ is the character I'm looking for.

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Underscore and other special chars on Android/Samsung
by edb_gene / October 11, 2012 6:28 PM PDT

Once you`re viewing the keyboard, tap the "?123" button to get to the numeric keyboard, then,
once you see the numeric keyboard, tap the "1/3" button (==Page 1 of 3 Numbers and Symbols).
The underscore will be in the top row of Page 2, third from the left.
PS: Smileys are on Page 3 of 3.

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by rufuswallaby / June 22, 2015 6:30 AM PDT

Good answer works 100%

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Is that this phone?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 29, 2011 8:52 PM PDT

If so, look at the CTRL, Alt keys at the bottom. Just to the right is a key with the " - " character and on that key the SHIFT character looks like " _ ".

Does that work?

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Not that phone - but I have solved the prob!
by jeanniegraham / October 29, 2011 10:22 PM PDT
In reply to: Is that this phone?

The keyboard I have is only on screen, and it has a very limited character set, and no ctrl or alt keys. However, I found a friend's e mail address which uses the underscore character in the phone, and managed to cut and paste the character into my log-in screen. Result!

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Glad you found it
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 29, 2011 10:38 PM PDT

but I'm intrigued. Obviously the character is there somewhere otherwise a copy/paste wouldn't have worked, so why it is not available on the onscreen keyboard is a mystery.

Can you supply a web address link which shows this phone? You say the one I provided isn't the same one you have, so myself or anyone else can look into it more?


But good work by the way! Happy


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Smartphone details
by jeanniegraham / October 29, 2011 11:00 PM PDT
In reply to: Glad you found it

This is the link to my phone -;bingo.5

Basically it has a screen of qwerty, with a shift key. Then it offers a screen of numbers plus about 17 other characters (not inc the underscore). (It doesn't offer any currency symbols either, AFAIK) but I have pasted these in before using the 'clipboard' function.

I don't think Iagree with you that 'they must be there' on the input device to be recognised by the operating system and display device?

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You may well be right.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 29, 2011 11:17 PM PDT
In reply to: Smartphone details
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Changing keyboard type
by jeanniegraham / October 29, 2011 11:47 PM PDT
In reply to: You may well be right.

That doesn't help - I've been through all the options qwerty, 3x4, etc (just while exploring) and though I can choose a Russian keyboard layout with cyrillic characters, or Kanji - nowhere do underscore or currency characters appear - the non alphanumeric characters are standard across all languages.

This must be a deliberate choice by Samsung (or for this generic keyboard layout). At least the hash key and the @symbol are close to hand, and there is even a dedicated key for .com.

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I see you are not alone.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 30, 2011 7:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Changing keyboard type
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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 16, 2012 8:20 PM PST
In reply to: did u even google it?

Nothing is simple if you don't know.

But thanks for your link anyway. I already found the solution.


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I've found the _ KEY on the Samsung sii finally!!!!!
by shax12 / July 4, 2012 8:48 PM PDT

Hey, I've been having the same problems with my galaxy sii as well. So i decided to Google it, and after finding this forum i had to prove that Samsung wasn't stupid enough to forgot essential symbols such as the _ KEY.

Anyway if you have a Samsung galaxy sii then here is the way to find more of your needy symbols .

Click on the 123 button, then you shall see a key on the left like this '1/3' . After clicking this you will see all the other lost symbols we've been longing for. Hope o answered your question!

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