For many of us, we dive straight into tools like KM or TextExpander, which are amazing in their own right. What we forget is how expansive and useful the built-in features are for our machines.
Prime example? The built-in text replacement features of both iOS and MacOS to save you time…
pem -> your personal email
bem -> your business email
‘##’ -> your phone number
;address -> your address
Fast Text Correction:
api -> API
amazon -> Amazon
sig -> your email signature
sg -> Sounds good!
teh -> the (just me?)
For those just getting started with this awesome obsession, it’s very easy to negate the quick and useful tools that exist in the Apple eco-system and how they - typically - work better than 3rd party tools given some constraints
To add to what @Dillon_Carter wrote, it’s worth noting that it’s possible to create multi-line/multi-paragraph text replacements on the Mac:
- Open System Preferences. Click on the “Keyboard” pane then click on the “Text” tab.
- Click the “+” button to add a new text replacement.
- Enter the shortcut text in the “Replace” column.
- Paste in some multi-line/multi-paragraph text into the “With” column.
These text replacements sync across all of your devices using iCloud and can be used (but not created/modified) on iOS/iPadOS devices.
I was trying to do this on my iPhone the other day and couldn’t get it to work. Now I know how. Thanks @timstringer!
You’re very welcome, @Dillon_Carter. Good to hear this was helpful!
I posted a tribute to @timstringer and his multiline tip yesterday:
Thanks for sharing, @drdrang. I feel honoured to have earned a mention on your blog!