Friday, January 29, 2016

How to create keyboard shortcuts on Android

Do you have an Android smartphone and you're tired of having to type the same things over and over again? Then you'll be pleased to know you can shorten that to a few key taps using keyboard shorcurts.

If you're using a "smart keyboard", there are lots of thing that it can learn to recognize your typing style and save you some time. But there are lots other things it won't be able to do, but that you can do yourself to save a lot of time. What if you could type entire phrases, your address, email or phone number with just a couple keystrokes? That's precisely what you can do using Android stock keyboard and the personal dictionary feature.

Most people won't look twice at the "Personal Dictionary" in Android settings. But the best part is that you can use it to create keyboard shortcuts. Just type the longe word/phrase you type frequently, and then create a shortcut for it.

For instance, you can enter something like "" and set a shortcut like "mymail"; or enter your complete address and set it to "myaddr"; and do the same for every sort of thing you type regularly and want to save time on.

Then, as you're typing anywhere, if you need to enter one of those "long texts" you need only type the appropriate shortcut, and the entire text sequence will show up on the suggestion bar, meaning you only have to tap on it to enter the complete sequence with just a single tap.

(Keep in mind there may be some places where the keyboard auto-suggestions may be disabled, and you won't be able to use this method - but it's not like it would be advisable for you to store things like passwords or credit card numbers this way!)

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