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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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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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How to add additional codecs to iconv?

I need to work with IBM encodings from the EBCDIC family and in linux I have no problem running a command like this: iconv -f IBM-284 -t UTF8 test.sh But in mac I get the following error: iconv: ...
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Change language after writing some words (Apply it on the already written letters)

I'm using keyboard inputs. Let's call it Lang1 and Lang2 (ex: English and Russian). Sometimes I'm starting writing in Lang1 but I'm still on Lang2 keyboard configuration and my words look like ...
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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" 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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