Gboard, the keyboard made by Google that I immediately install on every phone I use, is getting a really nice update that changes the keyboard toolbar to give you a customized experience.

The update, which can only be released to Gboard beta users as of now (v12.6.06.491625702), introduces a new launch button in the top left corner of the open keyboard toolbar. This new launch button opens the options/shortcuts/features menu along with a top bar that you can customize. This new launcher allows you to hold and drag the buttons that appear at the top of the keyboard when you use it.

You can see examples below where I modified my Gboard to display emoji, GIF, clipboard and settings shortcuts next to the launcher. I also left the microphone button on the right, but you can remove it (or move it) if you like. It may sound a bit unbelievable, but you can actually remove the voice-to-text microphone and leave the space empty.

Speaking of spaces, if you don’t need the Gboard toolbar shortcuts because you hit them too often by mistake while typing, you can delete everything. Well, you can remove everything but the launcher, as this button still allows you to access other options when needed. Want to go crazy? According to my calculations, you can place up to 6 shortcuts on the toolbar.

Gboard Dashboard Update

Again, this update appears to be rolling out through the Gboard beta program right now. If you haven’t already, feel free to click on the Gboard link below to open its listing in the Play Store on your phone. You should then see an option to join the beta program. After you join, you should be updated to the latest available version within a few minutes.

Pretty cool update, right?

Link to google play:Gboard