Tips & Tricks


If you find yourself regularly typing the same things – whether that’s a single Unicode character that doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut, or an entire chunk of text such as an email signature or even just an email address – the built-in Text Replacement feature in OS X is a boon.
Go to the Text tab of the Language & Text pane of System Preferences and click the +. Put the shortcut you want into the left column and the text you want it to expand to in the right. (One idea our friend Craig Grannell had is to preface all these shortcuts with ‘[[‘ so that you don’t accidentally mistype something to trigger a macro) You then have to make sure Edit > Substitutions > Text Replacement is checked in each of the apps you want this to work in.

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