I am constantly typing résumé in (Outlook) email messages. Is there an easy way to associate this text with a keyboard shortcut? I'd like this shortcut to be available in other applications (e.g. Word, Mail).


The easiest way would be to use Autocorrect shortcuts:

  • Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Text
  • Replace: [[[ with: résumé
  • (Make sure "correct spelling automatically" is checked)

The character combination [[[ is just an example. Everytime I type [[[ it's automatically replaced with résumé. This applies system wide. You can use any set of not often used character(s). It functions as a keyboard shortcut.

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    I found that just after I posted the question. Hard part is deciding what character sequence should represent résumé.
    – craig
    Jul 1 '14 at 19:54
  • @craig any character sequence you wouldn't use normally while typing. I used [[[ because I don't use that sequence often, except maybe in Terminal, which is exempt from autocorrection.
    – njboot
    Jul 1 '14 at 19:55
  • Interesting: works in Outlook and Mail (subject and body fields), but not in Word, Excel, Safari, or Firefox.
    – craig
    Jul 1 '14 at 19:59
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    Some apps, like Word, have their own substitution tables and do not use stuff from Apple. In Apple apps, you must also look at Edit > Substitutions to make sure it is activated for the particular app. Jul 1 '14 at 20:43

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