Questions tagged [text-input]

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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How can I set up a keyboard shortcut for switching input source?

I have to change my language option very often. It is hard when I write something with combination of both "English" & "Bangla", because I have to change that option rapidly. Is there any way to ...
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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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What's alt+spacebar character and how to disable it?

I am writing code in various text editors with Finnish keyboard layout. Sometimes I press alt+spacebar accidentally when writing symbols. E.g. if(foobar || foobar2) { ... there is a high change I ...
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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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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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OSX: modifying text selection with ⌘⇧→ and ⌘⇧←

I've selected some text using my keyboard, starting at the bottom line and moving up (the | character indicates the cursor position): AAA |{BBB CCC DDD} EEE FFF Now, I would like to change ...
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How do I change which characters OS X considers ‘a word’, for ⌥-arrow-key skipping?

When I type ⌥→, I'd like my cursor to stop at periods, and perhaps other characters. Does anybody know of a defaults configuration, or System Preferences setting, that changes which characters are ...
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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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What is the keyboard combination for the ⌘ symbol?

There are many handy shortcuts for exotic characters in Mac such as Option + 7 for ¶ and Option + G for ©. Is there one to yield the command key ('⌘') sign?
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Using “<Modifier>+Left/Right” to move between words in an editing window

I've recently switched to a MacBook as my main platform for doing work. Previously, I was an all-Linux sort of person (I now run Linux under VMware). But there are still a few UI differences that are ...
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How to disable composite keys on Mac OS X

I've got my mac two months ago and there is a problem that kinda bugs me to death. It is related to input languages and composite characters (those made up from more than one character, for example in ...
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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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Re-enabling virtual iPad keyboard with paired Bluetooth keyboard

I have an Apple bluetooth keyboard (A1255) paired to my iPad. Pressing the keyboard's eject button lets me hide or display the virtual keyboard. It makes sense to hide it with the external keyboard ...
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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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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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How to have arrows for moving the cursor right and left when writing text on iPad?

On an iPhone, I was writing text. Among the keys, I have seen arrows for moving the cursor right and left. How can I have these keys on iPad ? These would be very useful. Why aren't these keys ...
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Autocomplete for MacOS

What applications can add a general autocomplete feature to all text fields in MacOS? There're text expanders, like the built-in one and TextExpander, but they don't suggest things while typing and ...
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Option + b results in ∫ Instead of Jumping Back a Word

Just got a new MacBook Pro and can't seem to recall how to get the emacs bindings to work in the general MacOSX GUI. On my old Mac Option + b went back a word and Option + f went forward a word. ...
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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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Spelling correction on iPod Touch

How do I keep iOS from replacing my typing with something else when a correction is proposed? If I do nothing (i.e., don't choose the proposed word) and continue typing, it replaces the word I typed! ...
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Will Swype ever be available for iPhone? [closed]

Swype has been rumored to one day become available for iPhone. Does anyone know of any concrete plans?
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Multi-selection of text in text areas (Chrome, Sparrow) will switch keyboard to “Insert mode” and overwrite too much text

OSX 10.7.4, MacBook Air I've noticed that when I select text and attempt to replace it with additional text, some text areas will maintain the selection and cause me to errantly delete data from my ...
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Text input trouble on OS X Snow Leopard - text doesn't show up before mouse click

I have this strange problem on my MacBook Pro, running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It comes and goes, but I haven't found out why or when. The input cursor is displayed in a text field, e.g. the URL field ...
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How do I undo this setting on a MacBook?

Turns out cats' paws are not a very reliable input method. The cat walked across the keyboard, and now I am stuck in a "secure text field". It looks like this: How do I get out of here? [question ...
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How to type a normal quotation mark without auto-substitution?

Many apps offer the option to turn off auto-substitution on quotation marks (") such as TextEdit, but many other apps do not have such settings, for example LibreOffice. So how to type a normal ...
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iOS undo text field clear (x)

Seemingly fairly regularly, I find myself clicking on the X in a circle to the right of a text field in an iOS app on my iPad, instead of just placing the cursor next to the final character in the ...
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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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Create custom text transformation

In a text box, I can right click and select Transformations > Make Uppercase. Is it possible to create my own text transformations? a super simplified example would be to wrap the selected text in ...
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Software to record and playback mouse movement/clicks and keyboard presses?

I was wondering if there was any software out there that could record mouse/keyboard input and allow you to play back the input that was made? I've tried using Automator but for some reason it's not ...
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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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iPhone 6 keyboard freezing when typing on iOS 8 (com.apple.TextInput.kbd)

I had an iPhone 5 before upgrading and its keyboard never froze on iOS 8, but with my iPhone 6 it is happening all the time. I already redefined my keyboard dictionary. Bringing up console I see a ...
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Text Expander on Mac OS X

OS X Mountain Lion comes with Text Expander as an option, but it only seems to work in Safari and not in iMessage and other applications. Is there any way to enable Text Expander throughout the ...
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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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Fix Safari 6 Address Bar Selection Behavior

This is probably just something I have to live with, but with Safari 6 Apple made the address bar different from every other text field on the OS, in that a single click (at least when it's displaying ...
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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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How to 'linkify' plain text URLs (locally) on the Mac?

I'm copying a slab of plain text that contains URLs into an RTF file in TextEdit, which I am hoping to automatically, (as there are a lot of them in the text), 'linkify' into rich text hyperlinks - ...
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Stop text input from changing tm to ™

Every time I type "tm" in Safari, or an app that uses a Webkit control, it changes it to ™. How do I stop this from occuring?
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How to 'scroll down' when there's nothing more to show? (cause I like the blank space)

When I'm working in a text document, I like to start typing at the top of the window or in the middle. I hate when the carat/cursor gets all the way to the bottom and there's no blank space left ...
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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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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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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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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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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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All text boxes : The opposite of ctrl+v (like in emacs)

I like using ctrl + v on mac for jumping with the cursor to the next screen - something like page down but the cursor moves too. Do you know any way to do the opposite - jumping to the previous ...
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Use option-arrows with Unicode Hex Input

I recently switched to the Unicode Hex Input to make typing technical symbols easier. It seems, though, that the way it uses the option key to detect unicode input overrules the ⌥+arrow method of ...
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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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How to disable emoji substitution for pictographs/symbols in special characters? [duplicate]

When I try to insert a special character/symbol/pictograph that has an emoji equivalent, it always changes into the emoji instead. Is there a way to make it not do this? I am not asking about how to ...
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text alignment shortcut RTL and LTR

When in text box in any application, such as search text boxes, address fields in Finder and Safari, or even inside sites such as Google's search text box: I use cmd + space to switch the language ...
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How to fix screwed font display in password entry dialog?

I don't have a single clue how my Mac OS comes to be like this.. Whenever I'm prompted to enter my password for admin rights to make changes to the system, my Mac OS seems to have a hard time ...
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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 ...