This is a simple type that allows you to speed up the way you type and how you use your Mac. In essence we are going to create a text shortcut, when these letters are typed they will automatically change to the longer more complicated length of text. This is a global change, so when you type the shortcut in any app the change will take effect. I like to use this function when repeatedly typing the same long piece of text or to automatically change common spelling mistakes (such as ‘teh’, although this is usually corrected by the spell checker).
Automatically Change Text
To automatically change the text we are going to use the built in system preferences. Open System Preferences within Applications > Utilities. Within your Preferences, select the Language & Text preference pane. Within the options, select the Text tab at the top.
Ensure the check box ‘Use symbol and text substitution’ has been checked. Within the list select the plus button at the bottom. You can now enter the text you want to replace, and what you want to substitute it with.
For example, I have it set up so I change mint with the web address of this site.
A handy tip to use is to add an obscure character at the beginning of the replacement text. For example, I have the replacement text as \\text, the reason for this is because I rarely use the double back slash in my normal day to day usage. This also allows you to enter relatively normal words, but not have them normally changed.
It is only a simple tip, but it really does allow you to speed up the way you type.