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macros, system features and third party software that allows shortcuts, spelling corrections as well as general questions on converting input into text

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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?

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" WiFi doesn't ...
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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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After upgrading to macOS High Sierra, my Japanese and Chinese input methods disappeared

How do I get them back? They're neither in my Input Sources, nor can I find them if I try to add them.
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Single quote replaced to á

When I type single quote with symbol a and ' replaced to symbol á. How can I solve this problem?
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Can you whitelist certain words from being auto-corrected?

I'm aware you can turn off autocorrect entirely. However I feel like Rick & Morty is popular enough to warrant its exclusion from being autocorrected to Marty. Is there any way to override/...
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I need auto suggest back!

My auto-suggest disappeared when I updated to iOS 10.3.3. How do I get it back? It was so helpful to me.
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Large text selection doesn't work

In macOS, one can select text quickly and precisely using shortcuts. Pressing SHIFT and the arrow keys will select one character at a time (← →) or one line (↑, ↓) at a time. And pressing ALT and ...
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How do I combine separate cells in a Numbers spreadsheet and paste the result as text into a TextEdit document?

I have a Numbers spreadsheet. Column B contains first names, column C contains surnames. I need an easy way to combine and reformat this data so that it’s in the format Surname, Firstname. I then ...
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Text replacement problem in Calendar

I am using Yosemite 10.10.5. I am using a set of text replacement defined within: System Preferences > Keyboard > Text as follows (partial view focused on interesting cases): . The -> ...
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Are there default shortcuts for special hyphens and minus sign?

On Mac, en dash and em dash characters can be typed with Opt - and Opt Shift -, respectively. But are there default shortcuts for other bar-like characters, especially for these ones: U+00AD SOFT ...
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Altering behavior of Option + arrow keys in Numbers for Mac

In Numbers, pressing ⌥ (option)+→ (or with any other arrow key) will add a row or column in that direction, relative to the currently selected cell. This is a useful shortcut which I employ frequently,...
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Use of regular expressions in macOS search fields

Does anyone know where I can find the docs describing Regex parsing capabilities of macOS search fields? What I mean, I'd like to read about the regex syntax rules that are allowed and parsed by the ...
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Disable the conversion from “” to “” when typing Chinese

Every time I type in a quote mark ("), the "smart" Chinese input method would automatically convert it to “ or ” for me. But compilers and interpreters don't know what “” mean, they can only recognize ...
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How to create multi-field dialog box in AppleScript (to request time from user)?

I have an Automator Application that I would like to ask the user to enter a time of the user's choosing. Ideally, I would like the dialog box to have three fields: 1) Hour field 2) Minutes field ...
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Having problems changing shortcut keys combination for input source

Good morning everybody! I'm trying to change the keyboard combination keys for my input source from "control+space" to "command+space" but it wont budge. System prefrences instructs: "To change a ...
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Use variables in OS X Text Replace

Prompted by this question - How to copy time stamp to iOS clipboard? Is there any way to use variables in OS X's standard Text Replacement? [System Prefs > Keyboard > Text] For instance, getting ...
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How do I enter a degree symbol – ° – on an iPhone or iPad?

Let's say I'm working on my pork belly recipe [I'm not – there's only one you'll ever need] and I want to record a temperature. I don't want to write out "500 degrees" I want to write "500°". How do I ...
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Often cannot access the magnifying glass for text insertion on iPad

Often, though not always, I am unable to bring up the text insertion magnifying glass on certain web pages by performing a long tap within the text field. Usually, doing a long tap (holding a single ...
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Communicate with Siri via text (command line) not speaking

I use macOS Sierra beta. It's the first time I play with Siri. I enabled always iOS and macOS privacy/security options, nevertheless Siri knows very much about me. Is it possible to input text for ...
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Using pinyin with tones to input Chinese characters

I'm a Chinese learner and know from my teacher that there is software (for Windows), which lets you strictly input withtype in pinyin with tones. E.g. hao3 becomes 好. The Mac OS shipped Chinese input ...
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< and ^ keys are swapped

I'm using a German Keyboard (Lioncast LK20) with OS X 10.11.5. I set the keymap to German and it is displayed correctly in the settings screen. Unfortunately the following two keys are swapped when I ...
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How to add a Japanese name that does not appear in the Kotoeri registry? (OS X 10.11) [duplicate]

On OS X 10.11 El Capitan, I am trying to add a word to the Kotoeri lookup dictionary. It is a name that does not come up when you type the Hiragana. The way to do it pre-10.10 no longer works. How can ...
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How can I globally disable 'Text Replacement'?

I've been looking for an answer to this question for a while, so I'm guessing this can only be solved with a console command. What I want to do is disable 'Text Replacement' everywhere on my Mac. The ...
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Change the input language to english when shift is pressed

On Windows and Linux, when I'm typing in Hebrew and pressing the shift key, the input language automatically changes to upper case English (just while the shift is pressed, when I let it go it changes ...
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When typing on Bluetooth keyboards, letter sometimes infinitely repeats while not holding it down

For years, I've had no problem with using on a Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Keyboard as well as a Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000. I'm using a late 2011 MacBook Pro, OSX El Capitan v.10.11.3, (...
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Exception to smart quote substitution for one word

I have System Preferences|Keyboard enabled for smart quotes. Unfortunately, this tends to turn Hawai‘i into Hawai’i even when I use Option–]. Any suggestion how to get one word the ...
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Display unicode information

The unicode entry tool in OS X 10.11 (the one displayed in your menu bar if you tick the appropriate box in the first tab of the keyboard settings) allows me to copy information about a symbol. There ...
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How to make the OSX text substitution available everywhere?

As it currently stands, the OSX text substitution feature seems to require an application to actively support it to be available - which many do not. Is there a way to make the text substitution ...
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Needed: easy program for inserting symbols and Unicode characters

On MacOS 10.11 I am constantly going to the Emoji & Symbol viewer to bring in arrows and other kinds of symbols: Problems with this interface include: It it bound to the current program, rather ...
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Why do I keep losing my ‘text substitutions?’

I'm a heavy user of OS X's / iOS's ‘text substitutions’ or text replacements. I probably have hundreds of these. At some point in the recent-ish past (last couple of years?), Apple silently started ...
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Keyboard shortcut to insert text - Keynote

I'm new to Keynote and am disappointed by the lack of shortcuts for basic actions like "insert text". Any idea of how to attribute a single key such as the letter "T" to insert text action? If for ...