I use the Text shortcuts replace function provided by Mac OS X's System Preferences' Keyboard panel quite often. It helps me type things faster in most applications, such as my phone number, my full address, etc.

Lately, I've noticed that the text fields that I have recently updated got deleted/replaced by older values (maybe it's synchronized with a Cloud backup?). It's not the first time it does that.

This is what I have in situation 1 (correct information):

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And after a few days when I'll use one of these shortcuts, I'll find that they have been replaced to previous info. Situation 2 presents old info as such:

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So I have to go back to Keyboard preferences, and re-type my current information where needed each time.

Where is this old info coming from? Another Cloud-linked device? Since this happens on a computer connected to the internet, why won't the info update on all devices when I edit it?

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Yes, they cross-pollinate from other devices. Mine come from my phone.

I'm really not certain why they don't correctly sync both ways. If I add one to the Mac it appears on the phone, but ones deleted from the Mac don't necessarily delete from the phone & may later re-appear on the Mac.

I've found the best solution is to just make sure you've also deleted them from any other device.
Settings > General > Keyboards > Text Replacement

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