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I have some text replacement shortcuts configured in my keyboard settings, such as for example ur -> you are. They generally work fine, but in some cases they are not triggered only by spaces or punctuation, but also by alphanumeric characters. When I write in Romanian, for example, the plural of foreign words is formed by adding -uri (e.g. "1 like" -> "2 like-uri"). When I'm using Messenger on Chrome, this triggers text replacement and becomes "2 like-you arei". This doesn't happen on StackExchange, but it does happen on Messenger. Is there anything I can do to make this stop? Or could it be a bug? It's really annoying and it makes it hard to write in Romanian.

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When I'm using Messenger on Chrome, this triggers text replacement and becomes "2 like-you arei". This doesn't happen on StackExchange, but it does happen on Messenger.

Text Replacements work on apps that utilize the Cocoa interface. This means any Apple application and any third party app like Chrome, will have text Replacements compatability.

To better control the replacement triggering as well as gain functionality whether or not you're using a Cocoa based app, you need an an app like Text Expander ($3.33/mo) or aText ($5). Both can be configured to use a short cut, a hot hey, or delimiter (like Tab) to trigger it. So in your example, you'd have to type "ur" followed by Tab for it to trigger. Firefox, however doesn't support it.

An alternate method would be to put a special character in front of your replacement pattern like a tilde (~) or a an exclamation mark (!) as its highly unlikely you'll ever type that sequence of characters as a "normal" sequence. This has the advantage of being free, but you don't get the increased functionality of the 3rd party apps like customized triggers and universal availability (not limited to Cocoa based apps)

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  • I've had a good experience with text expander espanso.org – Unrelated Nov 20 '20 at 16:42

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