Many applications (E-mail, Safari, TextEdit, Pages, etc.) make use of Apple’s built-in AutoCorrect feature. This feature corrects spelling as you type or replaces certain letters with a substitution. For example, typing (c) in many applications will automatically insert the copyright symbol (©).
If you wish to establish your own keyboard shortcuts, your can can modify the AutoCorrect feature from the Language & Text pane of System Preferences. For instance, you could create a new entry so that every time you type in: rmh the words “Randall Michael Hill” would be inserted. The feature can come in especially handy if you find yourself making the same typo over and over or repeatedly type in the same text.
To create a new AutoCorrect entry:
- Click > System Preferences from the Finder menu.
- Click the Language & Text icon under the Personal area.
- Click the Text tab.
- Click the + (plus) symbol on the bottom of the window.
- Type in the text that you want to replace (i.e. rmh)
- Press Tab.
- Type in the replacement text.
Likewise, if you find the AutoCorrect feature annoying, your can now disable it entirely (a new feature in Lion) by unchecking the box next to “Correct spelling automatically” and the box next to “Use symbol and text substitution.”
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