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This week we have a bit of a 'shortcuts' theme in our blog articles. In another article, we looked at a great 'keyboard shortcut' for Mac. Let's look here at a great shortcut that saves time - and typing - on the iPad and iPhone.
There are some phrases - words, sentences, ID codes, email addresses - that we need to type over and over - sometimes more than once each day.
Wouldn't it be easier to just type two or three letters, and have the longer phrase automatically appear, saving you all that typing effort?
When I travelled overseas, I lost count of how many times I had to enter my email address, my Qantas Cash account number, passport number and overseas mobile phone number. More recently, I have to frequently provide bank account details, and can never remember the account number and BSB. And we also find ourselves entering our email address and mobile phone number over and over.
I do have my Qantas Cash and bank account details stored away in password safe on my iPhone, but it is tedious and takes time to look them up each time.
No longer do I have to look up these details. I simply type a few letters, and the numbers/details magically appear.
My frequently entered numbers, codes, phrases, email addresses (and more) are set up as Text Replacements on my iPhone and iPad (and these Text Replacements also sync through to my Mac).
My passport number appears whenever I typed pn; qn gives me my Qantas Cash account number; omn gives me my overseas mobile phone number. myaccth gives my personal bank account details, and myacctw gives my business account number.
If you, like me, want to avoid excess typing and the need to look up certain numbers and codes* over and over, it is definitely worth taking the time to set up your own Text Replacements.
Find out how to do this in this Handy Hint for iTandCoffee Club members.
Not yet a member? Find out more here.
(*Note. Do not set up your passwords or any sensitive information as Text Replacements. This is not a secure way of storing and recalling passwords. The best place to store your passwords is in a Password Safe app like 1Password.)
Come along to an iTandCoffee Class for more great tips like this!
This is one of the great tips we cover in the Introduction to the iPad and iPhone series of classes.
See below for details of when this class series is scheduled. Come to individual classes, or to the full series - the choice is yours!
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