: Can we assign text to a ctrl key function? (ie an email address)


mcoltezo
Oct 12th, 2018, 11:35 AM
hi,

I was trying to see if I could create a keyboard short cut that would insert text that I assign to it. In particular my email address and another I frequently have to type.

thanks!

BReligion
Oct 12th, 2018, 03:14 PM
Not sure about a keyboard function key kind of shortcut, but you could always use text shortcuts to replace shorthand versions of things with your text.

Open System Preferences.
Click Keyboard.
Click the Text tab.
Click the + button at the bottom to add an entry in the "replace" column and whatever you want in the "with" column.
You could set like eml == [email protected]

BReligion

mcoltezo
Oct 12th, 2018, 03:33 PM
I wondered about that. I'll give it a try. Thanks!

mcoltezo
Oct 12th, 2018, 04:43 PM
I tried it but it doesn't seem to be working for me. Do you have to hit a certain key after entering the specific letters?

polywog
Oct 13th, 2018, 07:23 AM
I wondered about that. I'll give it a try. Thanks!

I believe you could do this with an Alfred workflow, if the previous suggestions didn't work.

mcoltezo
Oct 13th, 2018, 08:44 AM
I'll check it out. Never heard of it before. ....but thanks.... hopefully something there.

polywog
Oct 13th, 2018, 09:31 AM
I'll check it out. Never heard of it before. ....but thanks.... hopefully something there.

Been using it for ages, since before spotlight search became more useful. You can define workflows for keywords, and then assign keyboard shortcuts to those.

https://www.alfredapp.com

I don't remember how much you can accomplish without the power pack however, since I've had that for ages too :)

pm-r
Oct 13th, 2018, 02:05 PM
Can we assign text to a ctrl key function?

I've been doing this type of thing for years now, and I first started out with a utility that would do so using my extended keyboard function keys.

I have changed and upgraded and have just recently been checking out some newer and different apps.

My main used one was "Sparkle", no longer available or supported that I replaced with SimpleKeys.app.
https://www.pidog.com

The other utility I could not live without is the free ClipMenu.app:
ClipMenu.com: A clipboard manager for Mac OS X - ClipMenu.com (http://www.clipmenu.com)

Apparantly a later 1.0 version I haven't tried I found at: (Link may not work but try shortening it etc.)
https://web.archive.org/web/20160616151931if_/https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1140644/clipmenu/ClipMenu-1.0.0a1.dmg, https://web.archive.org/web/20160616151931/https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1140644/clipmenu/ClipMenu-1.0.0a1.dmg

A much later version complete with name change but has dropped some options it seems but I haven't tried it:
Clipy.app
https://github.com/Clipy/Clipy
see also for comments @:
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/58124/clipy

The best option for you would probably be:
SimpleKeys.app
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/8999/simplekeys

PS: you will also see my own comments at the site above.

SimpleKeys is also available via the App Store if you prefer. I don't personally and prefer to support the developer directly.




- Patrick
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mcoltezo
Oct 15th, 2018, 09:40 PM
Wow! Thanks for all the links. I'll 'em out.

pm-r
Oct 15th, 2018, 10:45 PM
Wow! Thanks for all the links. I'll 'em out.


Just to make things simpler and easier for you to download SimpleKeys.app, just go to the developer site and download it from here:
https://www.pidog.com/SimpleKeys/


BTW: I ran into a small problem with his latest SimpleKeys.app update using Mavericks 10.9.5 and I e-mailed the developer, and within just over two hours he supplied me with a modified and updated version that works just fine.

How's that for user support and to also get a customized working version??





- Patrick
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mcoltezo
Oct 16th, 2018, 03:13 PM
Thanks Patrick!

cheers!