Saving keystrokes saves time, a lot of it. Whether you're using El Capitan or a previous version of OS X, Apple's desktop platform allows users to create text shortcuts, which produce a large snippet when you enter a short string of characters much in the same way auto correct replaces misspelled words. Imagine typing "adr," hitting space and having the OS paste in your full name and mailing address in any program or site. Here's how to make it happen.
How to Do Text Expanding Shortcuts in OS X El Capitan
1. In System Preferences, click Keyboard.
2. Select the Text tab.
3. Click the + button.
4. Enter the shortcut text you want to use to trigger the phrase in the Replace column
5. Enter the target phrase you want to generate in the With column.
From now on, type the shortcut, and after you click space or enter, the full text will expand. If you want to cancel the expansion, click the x button.
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