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I have set up Lion text replacement to replace a three-letter short-code with my full email address. It works great, and I recommend you all do it. :-)

But - in order to confirm the auto-replacement, I need to press the space key (similar in iOS). Often for web-forms, etc. I don't want that space to be there.

Does anyone know if there is a keystroke which will select the suggested text auto-replacement without adding a space?

  • I don’t know how to do this with Lion’s text replacements, but you might want to consider TextExpander, which performs a similar task. You don’t need to add a trailing space to open a snippet, which is what you’re looking for, right? e.g. my email address in TextExpander is set off with the shortcut ;g, no space required. – alexwlchan Nov 29 '11 at 23:53
  • Alex - please write your answer as an "answer". ;-) – dan8394 Nov 30 '11 at 10:51
  • sorry, I didn’t think that qualified as a proper answer, more a suggestion for a workaround if an answer wasn’t found. I’ve put it again below. – alexwlchan Nov 30 '11 at 12:17
  • i'm interested in this too .. would be nice if you could use a special key (right arrow key maybe) to auto complete without adding a space – locomo Nov 17 '17 at 15:48
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I don’t know how to do this with Lion’s text replacements, but you might want to consider TextExpander, which performs a similar task. You don’t need to add a trailing space to open a snippet, which is what you’re looking for, right? e.g. my email address in TextExpander is set off with the shortcut ;g, no space required.

[Duped from comments per dan8394’s request]

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