Tag Archive for ‘Text Replacement’

How to Set Up Text Replacements for Frequently Used Emoji and Special Characters in iOS ➝

Yours truly over at The Sweet Setup:

Most of us have a handful of emoji, emoticons, or special characters that we type on a frequent basis. Whether it be 🤣 when we’re having a laugh with our friends, ⌘ when we’re telling a family member about a nifty keyboard shortcut, or ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ when we’re showing our lack of interest. But, typing these often requires switching to a third-party software keyboard or copy/pasting from the web.

I don’t have the emoji keyboard enabled on any of my devices because I don’t like that the keyboard switcher key shrinks the space bar. So instead, I’ve saved my most frequently used emoji and emoticons as text replacements. This gives me quick access to the special characters I use most without mucking up my software keyboard.

Auto-Expanding Email Address ➝

Great tip from Jason Snell:

We get asked for our email addresses a lot, most commonly in login windows on websites. I’ve saved a lot of time by attaching mine to an auto-expanding text shortcut on both iOS and macOS. No additional software is required, though if you have a text-expanding utility like TextExpander you could use that instead.

I set this up with Nick Heer’s suggested shortcut of “@@” because of its placement on iOS’s email address keyboard.