It’s #tbt at Echo – here we share posts that were originally shared at Efficiency by Emily or emilyhoapili.com. It’s been updated before posting here.
If you poke around in your phone for a bit, you’ll find that keyboard options usually include a personal dictionary you can use to add words to avoid the dreaded “sorry autocorrect.” You can use this same set-up to save time (and typo frustrations) for things you type often or don’t want to use internet slang (on a somewhat related note, if you find your phone cleans up your language, you can use this or a new contact to avoid. Read more here).
Here are some examples of shortcuts I have set-up:
- “haddress” and “waddress” – my addresses. Now, if I get a text or an email asking for my mailing address, I can type one word instead of punching out the whole thing.
- “pemail” and “wemail” – my mailing address shortcuts were so successful I soon added these shortcuts for my emails. They’re helpful not only when I’m sending a text or an email, but when I’m filling in forms online (especially on my phone).
- Some things I say often enough I find doing a shortcut makes it easier. “Fair enough” is my go-to for “you make some good points but I still think I’m right.” I don’t say it everyday, but I say it often enough “fenuf” is faster and easier than “Fair enough.” I also have a shortcut for “ly” to become “Love you” so I’m not a total jerk.
- Have a whole sentence or even paragraph you type regularly? Try an iOS shortcut! For instance, “I’ve attached an independent contractor agreement for your review; please return a signed copy at your earliest convenience.” Nothing fancy, but gets old typing. That phrase becomes “icic” in my iPhone, and it pops out the entire phase.
A few notes:
- Don’t use this for passwords – besides the security issues, it’s all but impossible to verify and adds a space. It’s not worth the headache.
- Don’t use a common word for your shortcut. This may require you to get creative.
- For those of you on iOS and OS – these shortcuts will transfer to your MacBook, your iPad, etc. This makes it easy to use on any device (and a total pain when you’re writing a blog post about it).
- These ideas can be transferred to AutoText in Outlook, and other programs. Poke around some of your favorite programs and see if you can add them. I actually got into my iOS shortcuts after using AutoText in Outlook and wishing I had it on my iPhone, then realizing I did.
Here’s how you can do it in iOS – we’ll go with lol and make it “Laugh out loud!”