Which Text Expansion Shortcuts Do You Rely On?

We love text expansion, as it saves us so much time typing every day, and helps us quickly insert snippets of text we wouldn't easily remember otherwise. There are plenty of great standard snippets that belong in everyone's collection, but we want to know what you'd add to the list.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Email signatures
  • HTML codes
  • Complex strings of numbers/letters (such as your iPhone's UDID)

What are your favourite typing shortcuts?


    The only issue I have with text expansion is relying on it too heavily. I've never tried it, but I can see myself getting into it so much that if I was to use a friends' computer (without text expansion) I wouldn't be able to type (or rather, I would have to type very slowly) because I would have to tell myself consciously to write out the whole word/phrase. I imagine it would be a bit like using a keyboard that wasn't in the QWERTY format.

    Greek characters and maths symbols:

    \delta = δ
    \DELTA = Δ
    \deg = °
    \leq = ≤

    And many more.

    Other than that emails and my Uni ID

    I used to use it for writing form emails/letters at work. Saved me hours. Especially when sending out emails about meetings.

    eml = email
    addr = Address Line 1
    addrr = Address Line 2
    ccn = credit card number (I memorise the expiry and CVN)

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