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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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      • James NunnJames Nunn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm finding that I miss using the auto-text feature more and more (I used it on Smart Keyboard Pro), so I'm moving back. It's a shame, as SwiftKey is awesome (paid user here), but there are just things that make me less efficient, and no auto-text feature is one of these. Let me know when you can figure it out (it's been almost three years since it was placed under review, so I'm not hopeful).

      • GeorgeGeorge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There are few things that I use more than autotext when typing a comment, etc. I mean really, how many times do you want to type "ya da, ya da, ya da" in place of "ya"?

      • Gregory PiusGregory Pius commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Jeezus Christ, would you people PLEASE add this feature already!!!??? I've been waiting for it for years! It's the ONLY reason I keep looking at alternate keyboards, and the ONLY reason I can't give it a 5-star review. Seriously, guys... you finally added a number row--which only took years--the users are begging for this! Just do it already and stop being so $#&+@! stubborn!

      • MatzerichMatzerich commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Switkey definitely needs a text substitution feature. This would make swiftkey THE Nr 1 Keyboard-App. There exists no system-wide auto text feature for android!!!
        For example, if you type "date.." (Note the two fullstops as text substitution trigger) swiftkey changes it to "2014.06.24". Please give users the chance to use custom date patterns like "%YYYY.%MM.%DD %DDD" for "2014.06.24 Thursday"

      • MARKMARK commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please make this happen, this seems like such a simple fix and your customers are clamoring for it!

      • JasonJason commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Try Slideit. Been using it for a few years now. Has themes and custom dictionary.

      • DdfarDdfar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please make this happen. Really useful in the tablet space for getting real work done.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sarah Reynolds you told us to watch this space! Thousands of people are watching it and what? Please at least tell us if it's never gonna happen or what! Swift Key can be THE single best keyboard out there, it's only missing one vital ingredient, listen to the users!

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

        @Andrew Briare I don't know why you're arguing with me about it. I requested this feature as loudly as I'm capable of doing. I've made several follow up posts and vented on their Facebook page thanks to another user here. I've exhausted all my votes and waited almost 3 years. I would like to know why too but I think if one has half a brain they can logically deduce that if they were going to implement it, they would have done so already. That's all I was saying.

      • Andrew BriareAndrew Briare commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @RobS Having this as a feature doesn't seem like a "direction" to take. If they don't ever plan to implement this feature, I'd like to know why. I supported them by purchasing the keyboard because I felt their Flow tech was very well done, but there's no reason to think it would be a bad idea to add this feature in...

      • jjjj commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How extremely annoying that this relatively simple task cannot be done. I have bought two other keyboards that do have this and I will not switch back before it's implemented. The other keyboards have less acccurate predictions, but the autotext makes it worth it.
        I get it that they think their autocorrections is superior, but they are not. Using an email address for example, I never want a capitalised first letter, but Swiftkey always comes up with a suggestion with a capitalised first letter, just because I once used id like that. The other 500 times doesn't matter. Aaargh!

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

        @david @Dominic Mathon - No it is not available and I don't believe it ever will be. If they haven't implemented this feature after 8,500 votes and counting in three years, then I think one can reasonably conclude that this is not the direction they want to go. I don't speak for the company but then again, neither does Swiftkey.

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