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    keyboard "shortcut"...
    on my iPhone, i found an option in the settings / keyboard where i can program a short string of characters to produce / suggest a sentence. (photo attached.)

    does my macbook have an option like this? if so, it would sure be handy! if not, is there an 'app-for-that?'
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    thanks,
    andrew
    macbook, 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, Mac OS X Version 10.7.2

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    Not sure you can do this with built in software but there are some utilities that produce the results you want. Here's one of them. http://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/
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    System Preferences > Language & Text > Text > select use symbol & Text substitution > + type in whatever you want. e.g. I just typed in my initials in the 'replace' column & set my full name in the 'with' column. Works well.
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    text substitutions...
    Quote Originally Posted by torchy View Post
    System Preferences > Language & Text > Text > select use symbol & Text substitution > + type in whatever you want. e.g. I just typed in my initials in the 'replace' column & set my full name in the 'with' column. Works well.
    thanks, torch.

    i found the place to make this change, but it does not seem to work when i test it in pages. for that matter, the other substitutions that appear by default don't work either (like (r) and (c) and TM, etc.)

    i do have the 'use symbol and text substitution" box checked. is there another option i'm missing somewhere?
    thanks,
    andrew
    macbook, 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, Mac OS X Version 10.7.2

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    I tested it in TextEdit which worked but I didn't check it in Pages where it won't work..
    No idea why as all the default ones do.
    Looks as if the third party option comes next.. sorry about that.
    ~ 13" MacBook Air. OSX 10.9 ~ iPad 2 & iPhone ~

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    solved!......
    torchy,

    for some reason, it took a restart to take effect but it works now.

    thanks for the help!

    -andrew
    thanks,
    andrew
    macbook, 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, Mac OS X Version 10.7.2

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