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Mountain Lion's new text substitutions

Wil Limoges introduces the Text Substitution feature in Mountain Lion OS.

There are plenty of great new features that have been added to Mountain Lion and in this post, I’m going to share one that I only recently came across, but it’s a great one, especially if you, like me, have to do a lot of typing.

Located within the System Preferences of Mountain Lion is a new text substitution pane. Open System Preferences from the Apple menu item, click on Language & Text, and then click the Text tab. From here you will see a pane that looks like this.

As you can see from the window there are some preset text substitutions that Apple has provided to help get you started. Go ahead and give one a try by opening up the TextEdit.app and typing one of the combinations that you see in the left column of the pane. If you're following along, you’ll see that by typing (c), text substitution will automatically render your text with a copyright symbol.

Now, here is where things get interesting. Clicking on the + button located in the bottom left hand corner of the pane allows you to create your own text substitutions. Simply click +, type in the shortened version or representation of a word or phrase under the “Replace” column, and then type out the long hand version under the “With” column.

Once completed, you should be able to open up a text editor and type the short hand that you created, which will expand to the long hand that you supplied.

Just to get you started here are a few that I’ve set up that have helped to make my day-to-day task of typing a little more efficient:

  • name – Wil Limoges
  • phone – My phone number
  • email – My.personal@email.address.com
  • sig – My email signature
  • ASAP – As soon as possible!

About

Wil Limoges is a Louisville, KY freelance web designer and Digital Savant at the vimarc group. He has had the pleasure of working for Apple as a Genius, loves science, and aspires to make great things!

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