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 'email@example.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.
You need txt or phases expander for custom txting
Date stamp, timestamp and/ or a macro facility that allows the creation of prefabricated inserts in text
Tired of repeatedly tapping your street address, your job title, or common phrases like “on my way” or “you there?” on your smartphone’s virtual keypad?
If so, good news. Both Android phones and iPhones (as well as iPads and iPod Touches) will let you create your own, custom keyboard shortcuts for … well, just about anything.
Once you’ve tweaked the right settings, you can ask “you there?” in a text message by simply tapping, say, “yt”. You could also conjure your street address, your official title, or a phone number in just a few keystrokes.
Here’s how to do it…
Personal Dictionary settings on an Android phone 300x204 Android/iPhone tip: How to create custom keyboard shortcuts
You can add shortcuts for any phrases you want to your Android phone’s personal dictionary.
On an Android phone:
Tap Settings, Language & Input, then “Personal dictionary.” (Note: the exact settings may differ depending on the make and model of your Android phone.)
Tap the “+” sign in the top-right corner of the screen, then enter the word or phrase (like “on my way”) you’d like to make a shortcut for.
Next, type a brief shortcut that’s easy to remember; for example, “omw” for “on my way.”
Tap the Back key, and you’ll see an entry for the shortcut you just added. Want to add more shortcuts? Tap the “+” sign again.
Now, go to the Messaging app, compose a new message, and tap one of your new shortcuts—and when you do, the phrase you entered will appear in the row of auto-correct options just above the keyboard. Tap the phrase to add it to your message.
Include text expansion options like found on iOs
The point is that you should be able to make upp and manage your own abbreviations. Example : "myadr" will . Write my whole adress, etc.
The ability to add shortcuts is the one thing I miss about the iPhone!
So i noticed that the Samsung keyboard has a function that is kind of editable shortcuts so for example you want the keyboard to know that if you want to write "cul8" it replace it with a text you have set before so in that case it would be "see you later" I would love that and I really miss it on SwiftKey :/
User entered keyboard shortcuts e.g.. NY gives New York or up to a few lines of texts. Very handy for the standard things we all type often like name place of birth address etc
I can't believe you don't have autotext. Your prediction seems better than the keyboard I currently use, but it has autotext and I need this to insert my company sig at the end of emails.
Hot key for e-mails address and frequently used texts. Sometimes the I need to put one mail address in free text box and it is difficult because the correction automatically
Use shortcuts to enter system variables e. g. dt, Dts, ts to enter a date/time stamps, maybe with a long press on a prediction. Allow user list for variables
Custom Shortcuts. For example when I am typing mye it will predict my email.... This means i can customize the Shortcuts i want
for example if you are typing long email addresses or such, you could put in $& and it would autofill the text.
Like if type gtg it automatically types got to go because I have already made preset for it in my settings category.
On the iphone keyboard i used to be able to create shortcuts for phrases "eok" would bring up "everyone ok?". Maybe commonly used names and addresses and signatures etc can be quickened by defining shortcut 3 OR 4 letter codes.
Have the possibility to add Keyboard shortcuts. The one thing I miss from having an iPhone! Cuts out a lot of time especially shortcuts for addresses, emails etc...
Add custum HotStrings (acronym) which will be expanded to phares, textblock, terms.
e.g.: input of mye# would be expanded to MyEmail@adress
e.g.: br# would be expanded to Best Regards
It would reduce time to input often used keywords / phrases enormously
Can you input features like short form key. For example, when i type 'otw', it will auto show the sentence 'on the way' so I can easily select.
Add the shorcut option like my email i want write shortcut to show my email in suggusstion place
Make abbreviations we can set ourselves. For instance I can set otw to always auto change to on the way or more creative common sayings. This would solve my other problem as well. I am I downloaded you in the hopes of getting the trademark symbol. I am I did not, then but if I could create shortcuts, I could copy and paste the symbol to appear any time I type tm. You should also consider significantly expanding your symbols keyboard. It is significantly lacking
Ok here's the idea: I am sick of typing all of my email address/logins/passwords. By adding a future cloud storage, or encryption to SwiftKey you could solve an issue that has plagued android for awhile, a truely universal key chain to make logging into websites AND apps possible maybe just some macros, that would be good.
why you didn't make auto text feature, that's maybe cool feature!
A list of user made shortcuts. Say for instance you use your email a lot in messaging. So the user creates a shortcut that is "mygmail". And defines it with his Gmail account. Now whenever he types "mygmail" SwiftKey auto corrects it to "firstname.lastname@example.org
please can add this idea to next updates.
auto text replacement means when i wrote "name" it will changed to
as I added in auto text settings
i hope its clear for you.
In JellyBean there is the "Personal dictionary" with the very usefull feature of "Shortcuts". So, I can enter "Firstname Lastname" and add the shortcut "fl". Then when writing "fl" I get my complete name as suggestion. This function almost makes me wanna use stock keybord instead of Swiftkey.
Adding custom autotext would be be great. Example, entering wysiwyg would display what you see is what you get.
I'm a little tired of filling in my emailadress. Can you think of an option to solve this? For example, a button or key combination. Kind regards,
Insert possibility to memorize a reference with short key like in iOs 5 (ex: "hello how are you" by typing "hhay")
I think it's. Important to have this.
A key that would type what you have told it to type.
Example : a key named e-mail once you press that key it automatically type your email That would help us to login fast into your account.
Example : a key named address, phone number, fax or postcode.
And it would be great to have the freedom to personalised those keys.
Add unlimited user defined "Auto Text" like in Blackberry, so I can type: "asap" or "ttul" and that will equal: "as soon as possible" or "talk to you later". This is a tremendous time-saver. Other than that, I think your app is fantastic. Keep up the great work and thank you.
Eg. If i type "brb" the keyboard expands this to "be right back", or "cus" would expand to "see you soon". If this was included, and customisable, it'd really help the efficiency of the keyboard!
The ability to type omw and be able to set it up so that it automatically expands to 'on my way' etc
My phrases should be stored and easily accessible.
Eg type atr and auto text replace appears.
Allow users to create an auto replace category. For example, if you type qqq, then replace qqq with "I know what you mean." users should be able to define their own dictionary of custom replacements. This could also include things like replacing "mike" with "Mike"
Create the possibility to define messages that we can choose in a quick response from SMS.
Allows to quickly answer or send an SMS message, choosing from a list of predefined texts.
It is a feature that I think will be useful.
One word: Autotext. Blackberry has had for years - one thing that makes e-mails a breeze. An android competitor has it and I paid for it, but would rather user swiftkey. I can enter one letter and have it replaced by entire paragraph. I have multiple signatures and just type one letter to enter the right one! LD puts in the date and LT puts in the current time. "hd" replaces with directions to my house! The list goes on. Makes typing superfast and is a deal maker/breaker for me!
I'd like the ability of adding custom autotext that I can personalize as I want.
for e.g. mm -> could expand to my mobile number (which is a pain to type)
em -> could expand to my email address.
or some commonly used sentences, or signature, etc etc.
See above for custom auto correction feature. I we would be able to make our own shortcuts like u corrects to you or pt corrects to patient or
Fuan corrects to follow up as a needed
Essentially this allows you to insert commonly used, pretyped template text anywhere where you are using SwiftKey. For example, you could prewrite your home address, phone number, email address, even your entire email signature/business card text and store as a template. In addition, some variable/dynamic text (like the date and time) could be stored or inserted into the templates.
Then, when you reach a point (anywhere in the system) where you need to insert it, you simply do one of :
* Type a short code (e.g. hmad for home address, eml for email, dt for date and time... you define the codes)
* Press a button to bring up a list of templates
* Some other fancy method like gestures I suppose
... would insert the relevant text where the text cursor is (changing the dynamic text to the literal value of course).
BlackBerry has a similar, very useful function, that I miss a lot.
For example you have a long mail adress, you learn once to SwiftKey à small shortcut of letters and SwiftKey replace it with the long text
Quick acces to list of preedefined custome made words/email/sentences by for an examble long pressing a button.
I often have to type my email address and it would be nice if I could select words/email I often use.
I should be able to define my auto completes like I define lu = love you and as soon as I type lu<space> it should change it to love you. gb = good bye and so on.
Allow users to define letter sequences that will input common phrases. For example, " plmk " inserts, " Please let me know if you have any questions." This would function like Autocorrect in MS Word/Outlook.
EryI've never had use for any of the canned responses. But I now have a motorbike, & the wife worries. She wants me to text every time I stop somewhere. It's kinda hard to fumble with my cane & my helmet plus whatever else I may have & to text at the same time. So now, I'd like to maybe have a personalized canned response to let her that I made it fine & in 1 piece with a few easy clicks instead of having to stop everything & my poke out a text that'll waste time @ every stop to say the same thing over and over. So an option to have an area where I can just have personalized space where all I'd have to do was just hit her up with what I tell her everytime. It would make my life a whole lot easier! Just an idea. And btw, AWESOMEST KB ANYWHERE!!! HANDS DOWN!! Thanks,
C. Burnside :-)
When you are filling an email, you have shortcut for "@gmail.com" it woul be great if i could insert some personalized data like my personnal extension or even my own email addresses.
In the same way, it would be great to have a shortcut to access some information i chose like my typical username and so on
There are some words that I type quite a lot, for example my email
having this ready under a button (combination) would really help a lot
(similar to what thumb keyboard has developed)
SwiftKey has three keyboards: letters, numbers and symbols. It would be nice to add another keyboard supplementary, with 10 or 15 customizable keys where we can record longer texts, such as responses to emails, paswords,
I don't like the auto-correct by saying spacebar enters prediction automatically, but there is a few words that I really want auto corrected every time. There should be a function in settings, like the iphone, to let you enter an input and it must always autocorrect to a spesific output. For example, I don't want to type "I don't know" in every time, so I set an input "idk" and set an output "I don't know", so every time it will replace "idk" with "I don't know"
I would like to have the ability to program shortcuts to long repetitive strings like an email adress
I use the autotext feature of Smart Keyboard Pro a lot to quickly enter blocks of boilerplate text or foreign characters when I need them, e.g. Φ, though I am otherwise typing in English. This would be a very useful addition to Swiftkey. As is stands, I would have to install the whole Greek keyboard, then switch keyboards, enter Φ, then switch back to English, just to enter a single character.
Add sooner like functionality to suggest commonly used phrases.
Bei Eingabe von Tastaturkürzel und der Leerzeichentaste erscheint der vorab festgelegte Text.
mfg = mit freundlichen Grüßen
ggf = gegebenenfalls
ssig = für die eigene Signatur
Holding down a certain key will make an entire word or paragraph that you have to type often appear. It would speed up typing dramatically.
In aitype keyboard, In Autotext: for example when you want to write tour email address you only write a few characters you want and it predict to tour email Address.. This is very good feature...
It would be great if you could add a shortcut key where the user could type in common phrases like greetings or salutations, email addresse
The user is able to add abbreviations for phrases to the dictionary so when the phrase is typed, swift key replaces the abbreviation with the phrase. ttyl ---> talk to you later
I use words like call, follow up, email quite.a bit. There should be a way to configure the keyboard to accept.long.press shortcuts for these words.
Text blocks can be stored and reused when entering text. This feature would be useful for messages you often reuse. If this feature is integrated in SwiftKey you can use it in any messaging application you use.
Dictionary to add auto complete words such as email address so it does not need to be typed out 100 times a day :)
Add the option of custom word replacement eg. BRB=Be right back. The user will define these shortcuts and using symbols is allowed eg ^$=>.<
I like to use that smily but it is time consuming to type properly with swift X
Create a new button where I can use the settings menu, to record the text that will be inserted if I press the button. This way I can quickly enter my email address, or favorite password.
personalized key for quick txt. the way thumbkeyboard has.
There are some abbreviations I use in smart keyboard pro for my domain name (long & full of hyphens) and the current date. I miss that.
The function would permit entering a few specific characters plus a space - then the auto-text would replace the previous characters with the desired text.
An autotext function would be great. For example, I could set it where when I type "tu" it types out "thank you."
Please add a QuikText feature that would allow us to create a list of text phrases to select from.
Have a panel of customizable phrases which can speed up typing, like I could add my email, postcode or other things which would save typing them out possibly wrong.
Possibility to make a shortcuts. For example mps - (My professional signature) John Smith, 5th Avenue NY USA etc...
How about a wAy to customized a shorcut preset by the user like Gmail would be the shortcut to my email address Or 123 my phone number but always confirm in the predictions
I would like to have the option to define custom shortcuts so that for example pressing a key a long press will insert my predefined email address
Please allow the user to create word shortcuts.
That is, when I type "ty" it will automatically change to "thank you" and so on.
It could be nice to have possibility to create our own shortcuts for words or even complete adress or short sentences as I used to do. Thanks (... TX...!!!)
type u and space will automatically enter you
type r and space will automatically enter are
on many situation you are either required to enter your email an password to a current account (like gmail) to enter into a service)
it would be usefull if swift x had a special where in the settings you'd type your email and password.
then when standing on email field, pressing said button would
fill in the email address
move to next field.
fill in the password
There need to be more emoticons -- like the heart <3 -- or please add auto-substitute, which I used a lot on default keyboard to enter entire phrases, e.g. "LL" could insert "running late, be there in 5 min" which was super handy.
Manual user input for specialized things (email) and ability to make a default word. To appear after, a specific word-
Have easily accessible canned text, more importantly, have gesture protected text that can be added to only password fields, and press enter (maybe)
Sometimes predictive text does not work, like in the Apps market place.
It would be handy to be able to auto fill some boxes (like email addresses, domain extent ions etc)
add abreviations or short codes the user specifies to type full words. Like if you type u that can change to you and ur to your
Add custom predictions to enable TextExpander style functionality. User defines custom predictions like "js!" followed by space expands automatically to email@example.com, or "sig!" is predicted as "yours truly, John Smith"
I had recommend the SwiftKey app to a friend and they asked if it had a signature option. Once, again, not really a necessity, but it would be kind of cool.
Add a key that will enter the current time of day. Another key to enter current date. A time stamp and date stamp if you will. :-)
Like the ability to create auto-phrases, for instance I tell my wife all the time "I love you baby, you are the best wife ever. Can't wait until I get home". On my Blackberry, I programed it so I. Typed "ilu" and it auto-replaced it with the above phrase. I have many phrases I use often. Other Android keyboards have this ability, would love to see SwiftKey have it too so that I won't have to use another keyboard ever again!
To be able to put in custom text mapping like idk =i don't know, etc. Not just common acronyms but custom ones that I use all the time
Keyboard shortcuts in the form of typing something like omw being changed to "on my way" would be a feature I would like to see and use.
There should be a way to make one key on my keyboard input my entire email address.
Replace the Emoticon button with a Macro button to select customisable strings and smilies ( actions, greeting, etc.
Need a user defined shortcut and or dictionary. My email does not get remembered and I have been using his for a long time. There is another post on this which I voted for. he predictive system gets lost at the @ and my email has a hyphen. I wind up entering my whole email and is frustrating as presently its slower because swiftkey is trying to fix it. So if the user could enter their own translations that would solve this. For example for my email I could have a unique 3 letter code, like "mwe". As soon as I enter this combination it would pop in the preset translation, Likewise I could enter my whole email address and make sure its correct. Text message short cuts like "ur" could fall into this too and automatically change to "your". It could also more than a word, like "ysmw" could change to:
I think that changing the smiley faces would be a fun and easy way to type freely. For example, removing the nose in the :-). Also, I think that text replacements is a vital method in typing quickly. For example, typing wayd --> what are you doing? and ily --> I love you <3.
These would be very handy in typing and texting.
This suggestion is now under review. Thanks for your input and watch this space for more updates :-)
This really has to be added on iOS. I know Apple doesn't allow 3rd party apps to access the system shortcuts but you should add a seperate shortcut list to the app. Thanks!
Almost 10k votes. Any word on actually implementing this?
Didn't take into consideration then I guess?
Mohammed Alwazzan commented
i'm in for that please, even the default iOS keyboard has this feature that i can't live without
I have been requesting this feature for a couple of years now.
Even Google and Android keyboard offer word substitution
Instead of the typical word substitution that many leyboards offer, I would prefer a macro key.
I have described it here a long time ago but I will try again.
I want to be able to hit one key and have a string of text be applied to the text field I am typing into.
So this macro would be user programmable.
For example: I hit a key (its a macro key) and I've programmed that key with the following text: 'myemailaddress@AOL.com'.
Anything that I use frequently or anything I want.
I now use Thumb Keyboard by Beansoft, it has shortcut substitutions and this macro key feature I so desperately want with Swiftkey.
It doesn't have to work exactly like Thumb Keyboard.
In that app, there is one row of programmable key a total of 12 across the top row.
You hold on a key, and a pop-up comes out that allows you to program the key with the text string of your needs.
I think Swiftkey, could just have a page of keys show up like hitting the '123' to bring up the numeric and symbols page.
Swift could just have a third page of keys show up and these key could be programmed by whatever Swiftkey decides to make that interface work. Maybe it could be done via the settings page.
There are several ways to implement a macro function that could fall in lines to Swiftkey's design criteria.
This is what I want the most out of Swiftkey's upgrades all these years.
While waiting for the design team to put this in motion, I have to use Thumb Keyboard. I use this function so much that it forces me to continue not using any other keyboard app.
I have found a few other keyboard apps out there that provide a macro dunction but they all fall short in the implementation of it.
I'm still not sure why Swiftkey hasn't even provided the shortcut substitution feature.
I can only assume, Swiftkey feels that its learning function is so superior that one would never need these kinds of features. Something like Apple taking the stance for years that nobody needs or would want a larger screen. Apple decides on how one should interact with a computer or smartphone. But apparently they have had a changr of heart especially when their stock price was suffering.
I guess that's also the reason that Apple has finally allow selected alternative keyboard apps. And Swiftkey seems to be a winner of that.
Ok, I asked, pleaded and begged, at this point I have to wait and see.
The C commented
Please add this.
Seriously??! Not there yet? Im now dropping SwiftKey...
Very disappointed this feature hasn't been added. Can't understand why either. looking at other keyboards now.
I strongly support Macro/auto text/world substitution as a priority feature for Swiftkey for a long time. As previously suggested several times in addition I would like to see a feature implemented is date date/time stamp feature that lets simply date, time, date time entered in whatever application. I am sure there a lot of users that may very much appreciate such a possibility. This might be part of the auto text facility.
consolidate votes on this similar request: http://support.swiftkey.net/forums/116689-ideas-and-suggestions/suggestions/1958139-autotext-word-substitution-macros-brb-be-r
Ted Gross commented
I vote for this capability. It would make SwiftKey a 10 star app
Notice google keyboard does this - so going to stop using this one until it's added
Why can't swift key add this simple feature? Just a small extension to the pre existing awesome keyboard
Auto text would be the most important feature for me. Yes! Otherwise I will go back using Kii which offers this great functionality.
This is a critical feature. I like the keyboard but will probably keep looking for something else without this.
Khalid Alqasim commented
I remember back in 2011, I gave my vote to this feature. Which I consider on my top list. months passed and nothing changed, I moved to many keyboards before settling with Kii as it has this feature. And now I'm surprised 3 years and still not even an alpha or beta project to implement this feature which I see from development approach is not that unique or complicated. Specially when you consider the number of votes this feature got and that it actually " make you type faster" which fall on line with Swiftkey goals.
Robert Mauro commented
Please, move this from "under review" to something you all actually will implement. Love everything BUT the lack of this MAJOR feature, and considering switching keyboards, even though I actually bought and paid for SwiftKey.
I just switched to google keyboard because this feature saves me too much time to not use regularly. Too bad.
Setyo D commented
almost 3years for reviewing the autotext....
Cynthia M Brown commented
I find it unbelievable that this haven't been implemented. How long is this review process takes? Too long!!