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    Exclamation Please help! - Personal Dictionary shortcuts

    I am a new Android user after having been on iOS since the original iPhone. I've got my new HTC One pretty much set-up the way I want but I'm just having one issue that I can't resolve.

    I've gone into Settings > Language & keyboard > HTC Sense Input > Personal Dictionary
    I've created a bunch of keyboard shortcuts but they never work in any applications (example: omw = On my way!)

    I've typed my shortcuts in every app there is but none of them work. I've rebooted the phone but still no dice. What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks for any and all help!
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    Just tried it out. It looks like it's case sensitive so make sure you type it exactly how it shows in the shortcuts
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    Thanks for the reply mballs4life but it's still not solved.

    I am REALLY stumped on this!!! It shouldn't be that difficult! I've deleted them, re-created them, rebooted...I just can't understand why my keyboard shortcuts won't work.
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    And you are using the stock htc keyboard? I'm using swype and after entering a new word I had to select it about 3 times before it became the default.

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    That's really strange, it works fine for me. Have you restarted the phone?

    EDIT: Just seen that you rebooted. I really have no idea. I wouldn't want to but maybe a factory reset. Or maybe it's a lemon

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    Again...complete newb when it comes to Android. So when you say "stock htc keyboard" how do I know if this is what I'm using? I haven't installed any "new" keyboards so I'm assuming that when I type...I'm typing on the HTC keyboard.

    I've heard of swype and swiftkey. Should I install one of those keyboards?

    Thanks for your help!
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    +1 for Swiftkey but I don't remember if it has shortcuts.
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    Hey mballs4life, your screenshot got me thinking. My problem is that I keep thinking in iOS terms...I think I'm expecting the shortcuts to act like they do in iOS (i.e., when I type "omw" and hit the space bar, iOS automatically puts "On my way!" in the text box. But your graphic shows the words above the keyboard. So I launched Facebook messenger and sure enough they work just like they do in your screenshot!

    But here's the thing...my biggest reason for wanting to use these shortcuts is so that I don't have to retype my entire email address when I log onto certain websites. And when I go to outlook.com from the Chrome browser, typing my keyboard shortcut in the login field doesn't show me my full email address. So...do these keyboard shortcuts not work everywhere? Why are they working in Facebook messenger but not in Chrome?

    I'm not going to start bashing Android because there is A LOT that I'm liking. But this is really frustrating. These shortcuts worked flawlessly and ALWAYS in every app in iOS. I gotta get this fixed ASAP. Typing out my full email address all the time is painful.

    Thanks again for your help guys!!!
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    They do act the same as IOS. When I press the spacebar it changes it from what I typed to the word/phrase. I just tried it with my email and it worked also. I believe it is Chrome. It only allows shortcuts when it gives word suggestions above the keyboard. And in Chrome it doesn't. Maybe try a different keyboard out (one of the best things about Android). Give Smart Keyboard a shot. I use to use it before Swiftkey came out, solid app and it does shortcuts. And you're welcome!
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    Swiftkey does not do this. It is currently under review. I spent about 20 minutes building dictionary items to find that they dont work in swiftkey. Im now testing Kii keyboard, which is really awesome btw. And it pulls in shortcuts from the htc keyboard and lets you add more in its database.

    I am just using the trial for now, but so far its great.
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    Purchased Smart Keyboard Pro. Works like a charm.
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    It doesn't appear as it would on iphone. You'll have to have word suggestion on, and when you do, as you type the key word, ie, omw= On my way!, look just below at your suggested words and if your answer isn't too long, it will appear on the bar at the bottom of the text window, if its too long, then you'll have to hit your arrow to the right of the word suggestion bar, and your text will be there. Hope this helps.
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    I completely agree! I am new to AD, an iOS7 transplant due to losing my iPhone and wanting to try something new! The shortcuts worked flawlessly in iOS and it's so frustrating here! Lots to love in AD but this whack! Gonna read on!
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    BTW..if you want to use the excellent SWIFTKEY and still have something that will put in phrases or address..I have used copipe for years. It just allows you to set up phrases or text to be put into clipboard for pasting into any app. I use it for long directions to my office. Free.

    I would still love a macro application for android that could invoke a whole series of steps with a few keystrokes. MacroExpress on Win desktop is fabulous for this.
    (I use AutomateIt Pro that does perform macro-like functions with NFC tags, locations, and more).
    Last edited by sjcdal; 12-09-2013 at 03:20 PM.
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