Short-Word Expansions I Use


As a writer, I use the type expansion application, Typinator (similar to TypeExpander and AutoHotKey) to type lots of different abbreviations that turn into longer full words. So typing, for example, “aee” expands to “Apple,” and “ty” spells out “Thank you.” I have abbreviations for entire template letters. Nearly every time I write a review of a new product or service, I create an abbreviation for the product name so I don’t have to type or paste it over and over.

But after I started typing on the iPhone, I realized there were other expansions I could be using. The word completion feature on the iPhone can often be pretty accurate when it comes to guessing what word you’re trying to type, especially short words. It almost always knows when you’re trying to type words like, “don’t”, “I”, or “iPhone”. So I thought, why not use Typinator to expand all the short 1-5 letter words I type on a regular basis.

For instance, the pronoun “I”, gets typed a lot. So instead of typing shift+i, I have an abbreviation to automatically turn “i”, into “I”. It only does this when the letter is treated as a whole word and after hit the space bar.

Even the quotation marks I’m using get automatically typed when I type the letters, “rr”. I thought about using “qq” because the abbreviation would associate the word, “quotation” in my mind, but “rr” is faster for me when typing. With Typinator, I can set up the expansion so that the cursor will get positioned between the quotation marks when the abbreviation is typed. Thus,  I can keep typing without having to use the Shift key to type the quotation marks. Does it does.

So here some of short-word expansions:

dont -> don’t

doesnt -> doesn’t

cant -> can’t

im -> I’m (this one expands when it’s typed as a whole word, so it only expands after I hit the space bar.)

Ive -> I’ve

y -> you

wont -> won’t

youve -> you’ve

m -> my

pm -> p.m.

amm -> a.m.

dd -> $

w -> will

dvd -> DVD

url -> url

( -> () (Cursor gets positioned automatically in the two parenthesis)

— -> — (for em dash)

Some words are just too short and easy (e.g., am, be, by) to type out that it’s not word creating an abbreviation for, but for the ones I use on a regular basis, these short-word expansions are very helpful if writing is something that you do throughout the day.

In a future article I’ll write about how I use abbreviations in QuicKeys to tackle some tedious repetitive tasks. For even more advance spelling and word automation, check out Spell Catcher. If you’re a poor typist or just want to catch misspellings faster, this program is a great time saver.


2 thoughts on “Short-Word Expansions I Use

  1. Do you find that using a tool like that hinders your writing when you don’t have it? In other words, do you find yourself accidentally using abbreviations?

  2. Oh, most definitely, Tim. I once visited my mom for a couple of week and only had my iPad for computing. It was next to impossible to get writing done without these tools. I still wrote, but no where at the speed I do on my desktop computer.

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