Type Less with “Text Substitutions”

Snow Leopard has a great new feature called "Text Substitutions" which allows you to avoid lots of typing. The can be used in Mailplane, learn how to turn in on.

Snow Leopard has a great new feature called "Text Substitutions" which allows you to avoid lots of typing:

  • Text Replacements: Define short text snippets which are automatically expanded when entered.
  • Smart Links: Enter a URL and it automatically is turned into a clickable link.
  • Smart Dashes: Replaces the double hyphen to a better looking dash character.
  • Smart Quotes: Enter “book-like“ quotes.

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Here's how you can turn on the feature inside Mailplane:

  1. Compose a new message
  2. Control-Click the body text
  3. Click Substitutions > Show Substitutions to open the "Substitution" utility window.
  4. Turn on the substitutions you need, I find the Text Replacement feature most useful.
  5. Press the "Text Preferences..." button to define your own text replacements
  6. Now test it: Enter (c) or TM followed by space to replace the text with a copyright/trademark sign.

You can also access the text replacement settings by going to System Preferences > Text/Languages/Text:

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Need more? Try "Text Snippets"

If you need to manage more text replacements, try Mailplane's text snippet feature. Define text snippets in Preferences > Accounts > Text Snippets and insert into your email by using the ⌘-Option-I keyboard shortcut.

Are you still on Tiger or Leopard?

If you are using an older Mac OS version, please consider to use a tool like Text Expander or Typinator. Both tools are even more powerful than "Text Substitutions".

Published on 11 Sep 2009 by Ruben.