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Using iOS Shortcuts to Save Time

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!”

​Open your phone Settings, then open General, then Keyboard.  You’ll see “Text Replacement” at the top of this menu.

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Open this menu, then click on the plus sign in the top right to add a new entry.

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​Fill in the fields, then click “Save”

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​Now when you type your shortcut, your iPhone will autocorrect it.  

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You’re done!  Easy, quick, and a total time-saver.

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By | 2018-02-07T14:59:33+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Digital Organization|Comments Off on Using iOS Shortcuts to Save Time

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