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Create Your Android Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Create Your Android Keyboard Shortcuts

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


We all have a phrase, a number, or another string of text that we type over and over again: a lengthy street address, your office number, or any other common bit of data you wish would simply flow from your fingertips to your touchs­creen.

You can save yourself a ton of tapping by creating your own custom keyboard shortcuts for Android devices.

How does a keyboard shortcut (or "text expans­ion­," as it's also called) work? Here's an example: if you were to type, say, the letters "­mpn­" (for "my phone number­"), your phone or tablet would immedi­ately substitute the phrase or text string of your choice­—like "­212­-55­5-1­212."


1. Tap + Button, top-right corner of the screen, then type the word or text string that'll trigger the shortcut. You're best off picking something other than a common word; for example, "­add­r" rather than "­add­res­s."

2. Next line, type in the actual phrase you want when typing the shortcut, such as "1234 Main Street, Anytown USA." The phrase is limited to about 50 charac­ters.

3. Tap Back button and your shortcut appears as an entry on the Personal dictionary screen.

4. Tap + to add another shortcut
Note: These steps work only with the stock Android keyboard. Tap Settings, Language & input, and make sure Google Keyboard is selected under the Keyboard & Input Methods heading.


Example: Compose a new Gmail message and Type "­add­r" in the body of the message; when you do, you should see your shortcut appear as a text-s­ubs­tit­ution button just above the keypad.

How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts