Triple Your BlackBerry Typing Speed with Autotext

I am always excited to find a cool new way to use my BlackBerry.  One way I have found to triple the speed of my typing is by adding words to my autotext.  Here is how to add words and shortcuts as well as a list that I currently am using.  Do you have some good ones that I should know about?  Please share in the comments!

To access autotext, go to Options (usually wrench icon) > Autotext > New

pls = please

ty = thank you

gm = good morning

gn = good night

xmas = Christmas

mp = my pleasure

yw = you’re welcome

sa = San Antonio

bb = BlackBerry

hb = happy birthday

Author: Nan Palmero, MBA

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12 thoughts on “Triple Your BlackBerry Typing Speed with Autotext”

  1. Thanks for the tip! I realized I was typing the same long names and titles a lot and this will save me quite a bit of time in emails.

  2. I will often precede my emails with location-date-time stamp, just to make things clearer to the recipient, who might not be a nerd. For that, I have defined in AutoText a few entries for a few different cities they are of the form “odt”, “mdt”, “rdt”, etc., and are defined as follows: (Ottawa, %D, %T) for “odt”.
    “odt” will then expand to “Ottawa, Sat, Oct 25, 2008, 16:20:01”.

    Now let me throw the ball back in everybody else’s court:

    Other than the currently documented AutoText macros such as %D, %T, etc., does anybody know of any other ones that BB might use internally?

  3. Thanks Françoys! There are a bunch of them, but I don’t know what they mean. You can find them by going to Options and checking the list. Great idea on your use, really cool!

  4. That is a cool trick I didn’t know about, I will pay attention to what I type frequently and keep adding to my AutoText list!

  5. Here are some I found, and where I found them…

    * %D – Long Date (Fri, Jun 1, 2008)
    * %o – Name (as entered in Options –> Owner –> Name)
    * %O – Information (as entered in Options –> Owner –> Information)
    * %p – 12345678901 (Device Phone Number. No punctuation)
    * %P – 12345678 (Device PIN)
    * %T – Long Time (6:58:20 AM)
    * %V – 8800/ (Device Model/OS Version)

  6. Does anyone know of a way to enter a macro that will just move the cursor back a few spaces? I am trying to enter a command in emails that a parser will be able to use. i.e. “[hide until: 12/04]” I am trying to set up an AutoText string that will type out “[hide until: ]” but place the cursor inside the right bracket so I can just type “hu” and then immediately type “12/04” without having to move the cursor manually (at least until I’m through with the date).

  7. I don’t know of a way for you to do that due to being able to place the cursor in a specific location. My best suggestion is having “hu” turn into “[hide until: ” waiting for you to complete the string with the 12/04]. That’s best I’ve got!

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