When I was tapping out “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog” over and over again in my elementary school typing class, my backspace button saw some heavy use. Nowadays, autocorrect is there to fix any false taps from my fumbling thumbs.

And while autocorrect is a huge help (most of the time), some newer typing tips for Windows Phone make mere spelling corrections look less “quick brown fox” and more “lazy dog.” Here are some of the ways I’ve enhanced my keyboard competence:

1. Swipe to type

HWZT (How would Zorro type)? Probably with shape writing. A new feature in Windows Phone 8.1, shape writing is crazy fast and, much like Word Flow on Windows Phone, remarkably precise. I’ve only had shape writing give me the wrong word a handful of times.

In any message, try swiping your finger across the keyboard while hitting each letter in a word. When you lift your finger, the word will appear and a space will automatically be created to make room for the next word. It’s not just a fast way to type, it’s a world record contender.

If shape writing isn’t your cup of tea, you can turn it off in your keyboard settings.

2. Get the right emoticon at the right time

Another new feature in 8.1 is that the Word Flow keyboard will suggest context-appropriate emoticons in addition to the usual word suggestions. If I’m sleepy