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AutoText - Word Substitution / Macros (brb = 'be right back')

Create your own typing shortcuts/macros. It's a popular feature that BlackBerry smartphones have always had that allows you to substitute a combination of letters (or words) for something else (typically longer). For example, why always type out your full email address when you can just type something like 'mygmail' and when you press the space button it'll replace 'mygmail' with 'mygmailname@gmail.com'. I use these all the time for things like my phone numbers, email addresses, addresses, and even just shorthand (i.e. ttyl + space button = talk to you later). It allows you to type faster with less characters.

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    Joel Burgos Joel Burgos shared a merged idea: How about a wAy to customized a shorcut preset by the user like Gmail would be the shortcut to my email address  ·   · 
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    AnonymousAnonymous shared a merged idea: macros (brb = be right back)  ·   · 
    VeroVero shared a merged idea: Create users personal shortcuts  ·   · 
    IB.IB. shared a merged idea: Allow to set up shortcuts (macros)  ·   · 
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    Matt BootyMatt Booty shared a merged idea: Auto-substitution like in T9 and default keyboard. I often use two chars for emoticons I use a lot, like "hh" for a <3.  ·   · 
    Patrick Patrick shared a merged idea: Manual user input for specialized things (email) and ability to make a default word. To appear after, a specific word-  ·   · 
    JeffJeff shared a merged idea: Have canned text (and passwords)  ·   · 
    David DessentDavid Dessent shared a merged idea: A row of programmable macros so that when predictive text does not operate you can "autofill" with pre defined keys  ·   · 
    NoahNoah shared a merged idea: add abreviations or short codes the user specifies to type full words.:  ·   · 
    Chris SaundersChris Saunders shared a merged idea: TextExpander style shortcuts/predictions  ·   · 
    Stephanie FarraldStephanie Farrald shared a merged idea: Signature  ·   · 
    Darryl Gillespie Darryl Gillespie shared a merged idea: Time stamp key and date stamp key (two separate keys)  ·   · 
    Ryan Ryan shared a merged idea: Add ability to create auto-text like a Blackberry.  ·   · 
    Allen TAllen T shared a merged idea: Custom text replacement(text mapping / macros)  ·   · 
    Tanner FawkesTanner Fawkes shared a merged idea: Keyboard shortcuts.  ·   · 
    AnonymousAnonymous shared a merged idea: Full email address as single key - PLEASE!!  ·   · 
    SibSeragSibSerag shared a merged idea: Macro  ·   · 
    Mark WorsnopMark Worsnop shared a merged idea: Shortcut user defined keys  ·   · 
    JeffJeff shared a merged idea: Emoticons and Text Replacements  ·   · 

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      • Shuyin hatakeShuyin hatake commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I can't believe that it's still not a working feature for SwiftKey, it's not too hard to develop a shortcut/macro setting, it would almost not even cost like a single day, and I know that out of experience - it's frightening to see that how long this request is staying here with over 8k votes and 400coments...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I can't understand why this feature is yet implemented.
        So i look for another keyboard with this feature because without that, that keyboard lose any interest.

      • GuillermoGuillermo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Aug 2011: This suggestion is now under review

        We need some other reply.
        Please write a official reply to this important feature.

        Can't you implement due some type of patent or so?
        I can't understand why this feature is not implemented.

        There is simple as 1-2-3:
        user type +em (or any other keystrokes) and place here the email,
        the same for short pfrases, names, any shortcut preceeded for any spacial values.

      • Gabriel AzarGabriel Azar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes will be great to be able to create your own typing shortcuts/macros. Am a old BB user.
        thx for letting us notified when that feature will be active .
        many thanks

      • MjMj commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        With as good as this app is, is it really that hard to do being other free apps do this....

        Its seems so logical to have this, see your vision is to save time.

        How many votes do you need, 8,000 seems like plenty.

      • VeronicaVeronica commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        yes please do it soon,otherwise u will lose your customers as me. Adaptxt is providing this feature in the form of ATR, where one can customize its own shortcuts for long text. For example "dnd+" will appear in the suggestion bar as u start typing "dn" once u customize "dnd" for "do not disturb" under ATR option.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please do this SOON or I have to go look for another solution. This would save me so much time. I have to text certain phrases (not just words) over and over; its grossly inefficient that I can't add a this text mean this. LOC=Library of Congress etc. Perhaps use a special key to enter these phrases if you don't want it confusing your regular swiftkey dictionary. Please! This was asked for a long time ago. Please be more responsive.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just a plus one to the complaints asking for your 'review' of this feature to push it out faster please.

        Basic ios keyboard can do this, I mean seriously!

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't understand why this hasn't been implemented yet. Been using it for long enough and requesting it, along with many others, for a long time too. It's a bit poor when developers don't listen to their users. It's time like this that we should show people power and vote with our feet until they decide to give us what we are asking AND paying for

      • GuillermoGuillermo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I can't understand that this useful feature (macros) is "under review" since Aug2011, I'm a not so good programmer, but I think this function will cost hours or a few days to implement, not months, no years.

      • MjMj commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When you talk about having the best app, i don't understand why no auto text, its right in line with making things easier and more efficient.

        Are you not capable of achieving it?

        I have over 200 people at my firm that don't use your app over it and the app committee won't recommend it till its added.

        Thoughts?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I believe SwiftKey's team packs more than enough knowledge to implement this, I really am. If it is not being implemented, I hope to see any if not some explanation why not? I know it is possible, technology wise, as the stock keyboard and some other third party keyboard layouts are able to do so.

        It IS a time saver, that's why we have similar functionalities in other handheld OS-es, Windows, MacOS, *nix.

        so, as a comment number 428, 2 years, 7 months, and 2 days later: please implement this feature?

      • Rob S.Rob S. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't believe its under review. Matters like this don't typically stay under review for 2.5 years :) So what do you say SwiftKey? Implement a user customized dictionary with word substitution or don't, but for our sake would you please acknowledge that these grievances exist? Please?

      • Geoffrey Allan PlauchéGeoffrey Allan Plauché commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How has this feature been under review for several years despite garnering almost 8,000 votes and over 400 comments? Please, implement it soon. This feature is needed even more on-line than on laptops and desktops. SwiftKey's personalized predictions are great, but they're no substitute.

      • Geoffrey Allan PlauchéGeoffrey Allan Plauché commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Text expansion is just about the only feature SwiftKey needs for me. I wish it had text expansion capabilities, like Text Expander on the Mac and Breevy for Windows, so that I can assign abbreviations to produce longer snippets of text, including dynamic fields for dates, time, and fill-in-the-blank name fields. I think the stock Android keyboard has some of this capability, but it is otherwise clunky compared to SwiftKey.

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