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Exception to smart quote substitution for one word

I have System Preferences|Keyboard enabled for smart quotes. Unfortunately, this tends to turn Hawai‘i into Hawai’i even when I use Option–]. Any suggestion how to get one word the ...
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Display unicode information

The unicode entry tool in OS X 10.11 (the one displayed in your menu bar if you tick the appropriate box in the first tab of the keyboard settings) allows me to copy information about a symbol. There ...
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How to make the OSX text substitution available everywhere?

As it currently stands, the OSX text substitution feature seems to require an application to actively support it to be available - which many do not. Is there a way to make the text substitution ...
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Needed: easy program for inserting symbols and Unicode characters

On MacOS 10.11 I am constantly going to the Emoji & Symbol viewer to bring in arrows and other kinds of symbols: Problems with this interface include: It it bound to the current program, ...
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Why do I keep losing my ‘text substitutions?’

I'm a heavy user of OS X's / iOS's ‘text substitutions’ or text replacements. I probably have hundreds of these. At some point in the recent-ish past (last couple of years?), Apple silently started ...
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Keyboard shortcut to insert text - Keynote

I'm new to Keynote and am disappointed by the lack of shortcuts for basic actions like "insert text". Any idea of how to attribute a single key such as the letter "T" to insert text action? If for ...
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A white input bar appear when typing on keyboard while play game

I have a problem everytime I play a game on my Mac, and try to use keyboard's alphabet characters, a white input bar appear on the bottom of the screen (and the character go there instead of to the ...
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How to add a text/input field into PDF on Mac

I have a PDF form where some manager should write down the relevant data. I want to add an text/input field to this PDF file to simplify this process - now it is just printed lines to fill by ...
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Pasting over paragraph break on iOS 8

So far as I know, this only started happening with iOS 8 update, it's been a fairly minor annoyance, but I figure I'd ask here before considering it a bug. When pasting things in the first column of ...
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Focusing On An Input Box Quickly Will Delete The First Two Characters Typed!

If I focus on a user-input box, select what's in it, press delete, and start typing, the first two characters I type will get selected and deleted. Let's say this is an input box: Input Content ...
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Kotoeri doesn't work anymore in Mountain Lion

So the Kotoeri input method doesn't work anymore. I've selected Italian and Kotoeri with Hiragana, Katakana, Romaji and Full width Romaji. The first few times I switched from the usual Italian to ...
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How to have arrows for moving the cursor right and left when writing text on iPad?

On an iPhone, I was writing text. Among the keys, I have seen arrows for moving the cursor right and left. How can I have these keys on iPad ? These would be very useful. Why aren't these keys ...
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How can I prevent shift selection from expanding?

On Yosemite in current Chrome (and random other places, but let's try to just solve it in Chrome), if i selection some text (say the "sk differ" in "ask different"), then hold shift and press right ...
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OSX: modifying text selection with ⌘⇧→ and ⌘⇧←

I've selected some text using my keyboard, starting at the bottom line and moving up (the | character indicates the cursor position): AAA |{BBB CCC DDD} EEE FFF Now, I would like to ...
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Make keyboard movement keys (like ^f, ^b) work in non-english layouts

They work perfectly in the english keyboard layout in almost any window with text input. But as soon as I switch keyboard layout to something not-english (russian in my case) those shortcuts stop ...
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How to disable emoji substitution for pictographs/symbols in special characters? [duplicate]

When I try to insert a special character/symbol/pictograph that has an emoji equivalent, it always changes into the emoji instead. Is there a way to make it not do this? I am not asking about how to ...
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How to 'linkify' plain text URLs (locally) on the Mac?

I'm copying a slab of plain text that contains URLs into an RTF file in TextEdit, which I am hoping to automatically, (as there are a lot of them in the text), 'linkify' into rich text hyperlinks - ...
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iPhone 6 keyboard freezing when typing on iOS 8 (com.apple.TextInput.kbd)

I had an iPhone 5 before upgrading and its keyboard never froze on iOS 8, but with my iPhone 6 it is happening all the time. I already redefined my keyboard dictionary. Bringing up console I see a ...
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Create custom text transformation

In a text box, I can right click and select Transformations > Make Uppercase. Is it possible to create my own text transformations? a super simplified example would be to wrap the selected text in ...
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Holding down backspace on iPhone

Holding down backspace on iPhone deletes about six characters per second. However, after about three consecutive seconds of holding down backspace, entire words start disappearing by the pair at a ...
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Teach AutoCorrect short words with umlauts

I use an English keyboard layout on OS X because I program a lot. When I type the occasional German umlaut, I can do alt + u + (a|u|o) or can I press and hold a u o. The latter is really buggy in ...
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Autofill print dialog

When I try to print, a dialog box pops up prompting me for my username and a name for the print job. Is there any way to automatically fill in this information? I've been looking at Automator but ...
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Prompting user for input on locking screen

I'm relatively new to OSX (running Mavericks), but my goal is to create a script that reminds me to take notes on the day's work. The script will ideally: run upon the user clicking 'Login window' ...
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Option + b results in ∫ Instead of Jumping Back a Word

Just got a new MacBook Pro and can't seem to recall how to get the emacs bindings to work in the general MacOSX GUI. On my old Mac Option + b went back a word and Option + f went forward a word. ...
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Autocomplete for MacOS

What applications can add a general autocomplete feature to all text fields in MacOS? There're text expanders, like the built-in one and TextExpander, but they don't suggest things while typing and ...
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Validating AppleScript input text

How would I validate this pattern: 2 digits followed by last name, basically any length of letters. Apple script does not use regular expressions, correct? I need to validate user input and all ...
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How can I set up a keyboard shortcut for switching input source?

I have to change my language option very often. It is hard when I write something with combination of both "English" & "Bangla", because I have to change that option rapidly. Is there any way to ...
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iBook Author crashes whenever I try typing in Devanagari-QWERTY Language [closed]

I have been using iBook Author for the past 2 years, and so far it's so good. But today I tried typing in Hindi, with Devanagari - QWERTY input method and it's continuously crashing after only a few ...
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RTL + Right-align in text boxes

In Windows, I could use Ctrl+Shift to align text in textboxes. To align left, I used the left Ctrl and the left Shift and the right ones to align to the right. Is there a way to do this in OSX?
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text alignment shortcut RTL and LTR

When in text box in any application, such as search text boxes, address fields in Finder and Safari, or even inside sites such as Google's search text box: I use cmd + space to switch the language ...
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How to type a normal quotation mark without auto-substitution?

Many apps offer the option to turn off auto-substitution on quotation marks (") such as TextEdit, but many other apps do not have such settings, for example LibreOffice. So how to type a normal ...
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iOS turn off word byte matching

Is there a way to turn off iOS's matching of space separated collections of letters? Let's say I have the below line in (for example) the factory supplied "Notes" app: Find ways to deal with iOS's ...
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iOS undo text field clear (x)

Seemingly fairly regularly, I find myself clicking on the X in a circle to the right of a text field in an iOS app on my iPad, instead of just placing the cursor next to the final character in the ...
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How to type numbers while using pinyin input on a non-qwerty keyboard?

I'm using the pinyin input on an AZERTY Macbook Pro keyboard and when I try to type a number, it prints the associated symbol instead (i.e. for "1", it prints "&", for "2", "é", etc.). I've tried ...
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How do I change which characters OS X considers ‘a word’, for ⌥-arrow-key skipping?

When I type ⌥→, I'd like my cursor to stop at periods, and perhaps other characters. Does anybody know of a defaults configuration, or System Preferences setting, that changes which characters are ...
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All text boxes : The opposite of ctrl+v (like in emacs)

I like using ctrl + v on mac for jumping with the cursor to the next screen - something like page down but the cursor moves too. Do you know any way to do the opposite - jumping to the previous ...
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How can I import text substitutions from Wikipedia “Lists of common misspellings for machines”?

Wikipedia has some nice lists of misspellings for machines: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Lists_of_common_misspellings/For_machines ...
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Multiple logitech keyboards with different keymaps?

I have this at work -- http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/wireless-solar-keyboard-k750-mac and this at home -- http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/k750-keyboard?crid=26&section=features ...
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Stop text input from changing tm to ™

Every time I type "tm" in Safari, or an app that uses a Webkit control, it changes it to ™. How do I stop this from occuring?
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Apple Script + VPN + Textbox

I have an applescript : tell application "System Events" tell current location of network preferences set VPNService to service "VPN (Cisco IPSec)" if exists VPNService then ...
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Text Expander on Mac OS X

OS X Mountain Lion comes with Text Expander as an option, but it only seems to work in Safari and not in iMessage and other applications. Is there any way to enable Text Expander throughout the ...
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How to fix screwed font display in password entry dialog?

I don't have a single clue how my Mac OS comes to be like this.. Whenever I'm prompted to enter my password for admin rights to make changes to the system, my Mac OS seems to have a hard time ...
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Fix Safari 6 Address Bar Selection Behavior

This is probably just something I have to live with, but with Safari 6 Apple made the address bar different from every other text field on the OS, in that a single click (at least when it's displaying ...
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How to change the order of input method

I am using OS X 10.8 I wish I could change the order of input method. How do I do that?
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Text randomly disappears while typing?

rMBP OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion While chatting with friends on facebook, the text randomly disappears and appears at random intervals. I cannot induce the effect manually. It is very frustrating to see ...
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Chinese IME - Change the font used in the suggestions list

Is there a way to change what font is used to display the 'suggestions' list in OS-X 10.6+ when using the Chinese IME (simplified)? I've looked around in the preferences (particulary 'Candidate ...
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Multi-selection of text in text areas (Chrome, Sparrow) will switch keyboard to “Insert mode” and overwrite too much text

OSX 10.7.4, MacBook Air I've noticed that when I select text and attempt to replace it with additional text, some text areas will maintain the selection and cause me to errantly delete data from my ...
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What is the keyboard combination for the ⌘ symbol?

There are many handy shortcuts for exotic characters in Mac such as Option + 7 for ¶ and Option + G for ©. Is there one to yield the command key ('⌘') sign?
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Is there a way to overline text in Pages for the iPad?

I use my iPad for note taking in my statistics class and I need to create an overline for the sample mean (which has a line over an x called x-bar) and I can't find a way to get it to work in Pages. ...
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Writing EOF (End of File) on Windows 7 with bootcamp

I'm looking for a way to input the EOF char into the command line on my MacBook Pro with Windows 7 running in Boot Camp. I've tried several suggested shortcuts and the on-screen keyboard but none of ...