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I'm not sure if this is a duplicate of another question because naming the functionality in iOS that enables the user to type in a shortcut (like "omy") and have it expand to a whole phrase (like "on my way") as "Shortcuts" was a bad idea, in my opinion.

I'd like to have a way to type in a shortcut and have it expand to a whole phrase, just as one can do so in iOS. Is there any native way to do that? Or would I have to write an Apple Script of some sort? I know of an application called, "Typinator" that does this, but I don't like the idea of spending money if I don't have to.

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There are good apps that allow you to set up text expansion with a nice GUI. This is the one I have used and liked:

Dash Expander

Mac App Store Link

Dash Expander handles text expansion very well. I have used it and it works well. The free version:

"...will nag and annoy you every now and then, in order to purchase."

I haven't found these to be that obtrusive. However, as of writing the full version is just $1.99. This also has the ability to set variables. For example, you can set up a boiler-plate thank you note, and just set variables in there that you quickly go through and change to personalize for the recipient.

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It's interesting that I never found this app on my own; I actually use Dash (made by the people that make Dash Expander). – Carter Pape Jan 23 '13 at 0:52
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In System Preferences, go to Language & Text and hit the Text tab. The left column is essentially the same as what Shortcuts are in iOS' settings. This has the added advantage of being able to use Emoji. System Preferences > Language & Text > Text

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