I love smart quotes in macOS, but for those few times where I really need a straight quote (when manually typing links, for example), I can’t find a quick keyboard shortcut to insist on the straight ones.

Is this possible with a simple keyboard shortcut?

Update: The most effective way seems to be creating a custom keyboard shortcut for turning off/on Smart Quotes in individual applications (Edit > Substitutions in supported applications) for those few times I do need a straight quote.

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I added " and ' as replacements for something, then the replaced quotes were not converted to smart quotes in a few quick experiments. For example, setting "" and '' to be replaced by " and ' respectively:

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Typing ""foo"" ''bar'' resulted in "foo" 'bar' with normal quotes. As shortcuts go, just double tapping the button instead of single tapping makes for a convenient shortcut.

  • That’s a good way to do it! For some reason, this method does not work for single quotes for me, only for the double ones. I have no idea why. But since I’m mostly only interested in the double quotes, I’m happy :)
    – Simon
    Nov 21, 2017 at 9:45
  • Update: It seems like this method produced straight quotes that breaks in at least one use case. Manually typing a link before posting it on a post on dribbble.com removes the link altogether, while turning off Smart Quotes and doing the same thing works just fine. I have no idea as to why this happens. I’ve found a new solution though, see the update in the question.
    – Simon
    Nov 21, 2017 at 12:10
  • This appears to no longer work, at least as of macOS Catalina. It also does not work on iPadOS—if you have smart quotes set, the transformation happens after the substitution.
    – Trey
    Feb 19, 2020 at 22:15

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