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Specify word delimiters for macOS (14+), such that cursor movement/selection in all applications are affected?

How can I specify word delimiters (word boundaries) for macOS (14+), such that cursor movement/selection in all applications are affected? Methods mentioned on this site (A, B) appear to no longer be ...
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How to show input language indicator when a input field is focused?

Problem I type in multiple languages and it bothers me that I have to correct my input if the keyboard is not my expected language. Looking up the input source in the menu bar is not convenient for me....
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MacOS Sonoma: Editing draft email problem, no input possible

Since updating to Sonoma, I have a very weird and annoying problem editing draft emails: I have a plain text draft email saved. If i then open it to edit the contents, I can move the cursor around, ...
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Gratuitous changing of keyboard layout/input method

I thought I had posted on this some time ago, but four different search strings failed to find the question. Some time ago, my system was frequently changing my input method without warning to Greek. ...
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How to switch writing direction from right to left in Mac apps?

Writing in right-to-left languages on Mac apps I need to write in a right-to-left language, on my Mac computer. On my Windows computer, I used to press Control (⌃) + Right Shift (⇧) to switch the ...
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Catalina - default color of text annotation tool in preview

I have to introduce a large number of small texts into a pdf with preview by CMD-c and CMD-v from a text file through the pdf. Each time I open a new area, the text annotation tool returns to zero ...
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Is there an app that replaces the phased-out TouchBar? [closed]

I have just purchased a new M3 MacBook Pro, and am upgrading from a 2016 15" MacBook Pro (with TouchBar). While this is not a post about whether TouchBar was good or bad, there are a few things ...
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Is there a way to disable smart quotes even if the app sets its own substitutions?

I need to force an application (Collections) to not use smart quotes and other text substitutions. I have disabled the option in system-wide preferences and other applications respect it, but ...
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Switch input method based on device connected using Karabiner

Can someone please explain to me very simply how to switch input methods in Karabiner when I connect a Dell PC keyboard to my mac? I want to be able to use the "British PC" input method when ...
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Inconsistent case sensitivity of Text Replacements shortcuts

Edit: related but much more basic (and very old) question here. And the accepted answer doesn't seem (or at least, no longer seems) quite right: They claim if me is a shortcut for name, then Me ...
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Does macOS use different layout for shortcuts?

I'm a new Mac user, so please have mercy. I have 2 keyboard layouts configured: Dvorak and US International. My issue is the following: when the Dvorak keyboard is selected, all shortcuts seem to use ...
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Spanish language invasion - can I limit a language to one app only?

My kids are in a Spanish immersion program and I have started using Duolingo to learn the language myself so that I can help them and practice with them. The app recommended that I enable the Spanish ...
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Where can I find a complete list of characters that are considered word boundaries in macOS?

When one double clicks words in macOS usually the entire word is selected. For example, double clicking the phrase "this_is_a_word" will select the entire phrase as a singular word, but when ...
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PressAndHold in Ventura

The PressAndHold plists are now (Ventura) in /System/Library/Input Methods/PressAndHold.app/Contents/PlugIns/PAH_Extension.appex/Contents/Resources/ Long ago (with help from here), I managed to get ...
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Live Text from webcam in MacOS

Getting used to Live Text via tap menu in text inputs on iOS1 I'd like to use it the same ubiquitous way on macOS, but there you must use the Preview app (link via). So you have to 1st take a photo ...
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Type special characters similar to Windows

My son follows an online typing course for school. This course is offert through a website. As my son advances, he needs to type characters like: è, é, ë, ü, ï. We have not found a way to type these ...
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Text shortcuts are constantly erased with macOS Monterey

I noticed that with macOS Monterey, my text shortcuts (System Preferences → Keyboard → Text) can never stay put and are erased every time I add them (not quite sure when, but surely soon after). Is ...
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I can’t type the number twenty on iOS

Since upgrading to iOS 15, I can no longer easily type the number 20. iOS automatically replaces it with 2.0, as shown in the screenshot. I don’t have a Text Replacement that would do this. Is this ...
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Hold to diacritics keeps disabling itself randomly

For some reason, the feature where you hold down a letter to get the diacritics menu (to type è, à, é etc.) keeps turning off randomly, sometimes after a reboot. When it happens, I have to enter ...
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Is there any native Mac OS X 10.15.3 keyboard layout that contains all ASCII characters plus č, ç, è, ǩ, ò, š, and ž?

I am creating a conlang that uses all ASCII characters plus č, ç, è, ǩ, ò, š, and ž. Is there any natively supported Mac OS X 10.15.3 keyboard that contains these special characters?
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Problems with Varmilo VA88M keyboard, seems to switch to ANSI layout

I have, since some 2 months, a VA88M Varmilo keyboard (and am very happy with it), a ISO Nordic keyboard layout. Suddenly it switched some keys around so that the >-key suddenly generated °-char ...
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pinyin input candidate window doesn't show up

I'm using MacOS Mojave's Pinyin - Simplified to type Chinese characters. It always worked well but recently it has refused to show candidate characters. A similar problem was reported on Apple's forum ...
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AppleScript to add URL to Pi-hole whitelisting

I'm writing a script to easily add sites to my Raspberry Pi's Pi-hole installation. I've got the following: tell application "Terminal" reopen activate do script "ssh pi@192....
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Quick combination or text replacement for typing schwa

I would like to configure a simple key combination to type a schwa (ǝ). I configured text replacement for the å character, but it won't work if it's inside a word i.e. "å" gets replaced ...
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Wrap text from clipboard with tags

Every day I have to add {quote} tags at the start and end of text from clipboard. It happens because I add stacktraces to our Jira and these stacktraces should be introduced with {quote} tags. Is ...
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How do I get text key binding "yankAndSelect" to work?

macOS's text input system has long supported custom keyboard shortcuts via ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict. I have used this successfully for years to make text editing more Emacs-like, ...
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How to prevent text replacement from being triggered by alphanumeric characters?

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 ...
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How do I put the cursor mid-word in iOS 13 phone?

iOS 13. iPhone X. Safari, working in text boxes such as on StackExchange. Happens all the time where I miss a space bar and wind up with 2 words glued together. I don’t use Simple English, so iOS ...
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macos - < and ' keys swapped

I'm using a Varmilo VA88m Nordic layout external keyboard for my macbook, I've been using it with relatively little problems until now when the < - key, and the ' - key have been swapped. I have ...
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Where/how are default input methods stored?

I use the Cangjie input method to type Chinese characters. The one bundled with macOS is an older "version" of the input method that I don't particularly enjoy using. So far I've been getting by with ...
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Disable Mail.app "special" text replacements (i.e., ... –> …) that are not present in global settings

Most notably my Mail.app and Notes.app perform text replacements of .... to …, which I do not want. I do have text replacements globally enabled and want to keep it that way, but I have deleted a ...
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Unrequested disabling of most text input features

See also update below. For some time, I have been using Unicode Hex Input 99% of the time. Recently, with some assistance here and from the author of Ukelele, I managed to add press-and-hold pop-ups ...
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How can I switch between language input sources using Alt-Shift on Catalina? [duplicate]

I tried a couple of Karabiner scripts available online, but none is working. Also, it looks like there is some confusion about what is Alt on mac keyboards. Although semantically, this is the ⌥ key, ⌘...
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Adding "popup menu" to an input method that doesn't support it

I've recently seen several mentions of "the popup menu of accented characters produced by press/hold" that seem to say it exists in macOS. It doesn't work with some input methods, unfortunately. My ...
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Extra space being deleted after selecting a word?

Frequently I double-click to select a word, then press "delete". Recently it seems the behaviour somehow changed to also delete the space before the word. Is there a way to revert this? For example (...
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What is it that raises my footer in my Pages 7.0.1. document

In my Pages document, at the bottom of p. 9 I have a star, followed by a blank line, followed by some text : To save space, I delete that blank line between the star and the text (by putting the ...
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Stop autocorrect from autocorrecting a word even if I re-type it after it has been autocorrected

If I type 'grg' it gets autocorrected on the next time I press space to 'gtg'. If I backspace the 'tg' and then type 'rg' to once again form the word 'grg', it still autocorrects (again) to 'gtg'. ...
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Extensive diacritics input in iOS/iPadOS

MacOS has an input method known as "ABC - Extended", which allows inputting most diacritics with any Latin letters. With it, "Alt" + various keys give a diacritic waiting to be composed, and pressing ...
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How to scribble backslash ("\") on Apple Watch?

My organization's WiFi username & password has punctuations in it. Namely a Windows-style DOMAIN\user username, which contains a backslash ("") character. watchOS 6's "connect to&...
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Can't store multiple arguments with read -p in macOS terminal using bash

I am trying to store words from an input as parameters with read -p as follows : read -p "Enter your command: " cmd arg1 arg2 echo "$cmd" echo "$arg1" echo "$arg2" With this, $cmd ...
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How does one write Right-to-Left in Pages?

I have a document written predominantly in a Left-to-Right language, but I also have a few quotes in a Right-to-Left language. I would like to add ellipses in the end of such (Right-to-Left) quotes, ...
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On iOS, how can I insert a date/time stamp while I'm writing something?

I often write short text documents on my iPhone, and want to insert a date stamp in the format YYYY-MM-DD. Is there a utility or other means by which I can quickly insert a date stamp instead of ...
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Trademark and other characters not working since Mojave update

Prior to the Mojave update, I could type Shift+Alt+2 to produce a trademark symbol (tm superscript). This, and others (Shift+Alt+{1-6,q,p,h,j,k,l,n,m,§}) do not work any more. Is this intentional? If ...
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Why does ‘freedom’ return the french fries 🍟 emoji?

In my emoji picker when I enter freedom I see some french fries. Why is that? Practical example: So if I want to write something like the following: People of the world appreciate what you're ...
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Press and hold for accented character menu disables letter input in Mojave

After upgrade to Mojave, a long press of any letter does not bring up the accented character menu. Instead it disables all letters from being inputted in applications (Messages, Safari, Skype, ...
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Anyone knows what this third party input method? And is it safe to use it since it's from an unidentified developer?

It basically gives you a PinYin-like words prediction but for English
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Dictated input in OSX is underlined with Blue dots [duplicate]

Dictation provides a great way of entering text. However, the documentation I found so far is scarce, and for instance I do not know what the blue dots underlying some parts of the text: For instance,...
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How to bring up a precise Emoji in the iOS QuickType menu

In iOS 10, the QuickType menu is a lifesaver whenever the user needs to type a long word and doesn't feel like typing it (and it's also fun to make up silly sentences). It also randomly suggests ...
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iOS 11: How do I replace the emoji keyboard button with a punctuation menu without third-party tools?

I have no idea how anyone types quickly on the default iOS 11 keyboard considering you have to bring up a full different keyboard to type punctuation. My previous phone was a Google Nexus 4 and the ...
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Type straight quotes (",') when smart quotes is turned on

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 ...
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