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How to Create Expanding Custom Text on iPhone

Typing on the iPhone is a very pleasant experience, with their virtual keyboard precision and the option to use a third-party keyboard that became reality in iOS 8. One of the Apple’s goals is to accustom the users to the virtual keyboard, to step into the Post-PC era. It’s all began with the revolution of iPad interface.

Typing on the iPhone or iPad is not complicated at all. Applications such as the Office, has been presented to the iPhone and iPad users.

Read also– How to Activate Text to Speech Feature on Mac

Have you ever had to repeatedly type your home address or other information on iMessage? You must admit it is pretty exhausting. What if there is some frequent question, and you have to rely to the question with the same answer? The question many users have is: Can I type a few words only, and then those words will be expanded into a sentence?

Something like this: You write “ibt” and it transforms to “I’ll be there”

It is possible with a feature named Shortcut on the iPhone. To Access and add some words you can go to: Settings >> General >> Keyboard >> Shortcuts

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To create a new expandable text or custom text tap plus (+) sign

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Create Phrase and shortcut on next screen for example Phrase: I’ll be there, Shortcut: ibt, and then save

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How does it work?

For example, I want to send iMessage to someone, and instead of writing “i’ll be there” I will just write “ibt”, then choose the Phrase word that appears like on the picture.

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Or like this one. That’s your custom text.

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