How to create android and ios keyboard shortcuts

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Too much tapping? Create your own Android and iOS keyboard shortcuts

Ben Patterson , PCWorld

We all have a phrase, a number, or another string of text that we type over and over again: a lengthy street address, your office number, or any other common bit of data you wish would simply flow from your fingertips to your touchscreen.

You can save yourself a ton of tapping by creating your own custom keyboard shortcuts for iOS and Android devices.

How does a keyboard shortcut (or “text expansion,” as it’s also called) work? Here’s an example: if you were to type, say, the letters “mpn” (for “my phone number”), your phone or tablet would immediately substitute the phrase or text string of your choice—like “212-555-1212.”

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In Android, you create shortcuts in the keyboard’s personal dictionary.

You can get even more creative with keyboard shortcuts if you wish. Boilerplate paragraphs might be a great fit, as well as email signatures, disclaimers, URLs, arcane bits of code…you name it.

Enough of the what and the why of keyboard shortcuts—time for the how.

For Android:

(Note: These steps work only with the stock Android keyboard. Tap Settings, Language & input, and make sure Google Keyboard is selected under the Keyboard & Input Methods heading.)

Tap Settings, Language & input, then Personal dictionary. Next, tap the language option of your choice.

Tap the + button in the top-right corner of the screen, then type the word or text string that’ll trigger the shortcut. You’re best off picking something other than a common word; for example, “addr” rather than “address.”

In the next line, type in the actual phrase you want to appear when you type the shortcut, such as “1234 Main Street, Anytown USA.” Unfortunately, the phrase is limited to about 50 characters.

Tap the Back button, and you should see your shortcut appear as an entry on the Personal dictionary screen. Tap + to add another shortcut.

Now, let’s test. Compose a new Gmail message and type (for example) “addr” in the body of the message; when you do, you should see your shortcut appear as a text-substitution button just above the keypad.

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In iOS, the Keyboard settings includes a list for setting shortcuts.

Bonus tip: Annoyed by Android’s 50-character limit for keyboard shortcuts? There are some third-party Android apps (like Textspansion) that fill the gap, but they’re not nearly as easy to use as Android’s built-in keyboard shortcut feature.

For iPhone/iPad:

Tap Settings, General, Keyboard, then tap Shortcuts near the bottom of the screen.

You’ll now see a list of all the existing keyboard shortcuts on your iOS device. To add a new one, tap the “+” in the top corner of the screen.

In the “Phrase” field, type the full phrase that you’d like to appear when you tap out a shortcut. The phrase itself can be a short string of numbers or a lengthy block of text; I pasted in a 350-word-plus paragraph without any trouble.

In the “Shortcut” field, tap in the shortcut that’ll trigger the full phrase you just entered; again, try a short string of letters that won’t be easily confused with a common word.

All set? Tap the “Save” button.

Let’s give it a try. Compose a fresh email, type your shortcut, and the phrase you entered should appear as a bubble above the cursor. Tap the space bar, and pop! The phrase will jump into the message, right where your shortcut was.




About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

Posted on November 20, 2014, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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