Add/remove text shortcuts in Text Assist [webOS 2.x] | webOS Nation

Add/remove text shortcuts in Text Assist [webOS 2.x] 6

by Adam Marks Thu, 09 Jun 2011 2:09 pm EDT

This tip is only for devices running webOS 2.0 and higher

While webOS 2.0 brought a significant overhaul to how autocorrection works on your webOS device by opening up the user dictionary, it also gives you access to text shortcuts. These shortcuts allow you to convert easy-to-type text into larger words or phrases. Many of the built-in shortcuts were present in webOS 1.x, such as "r" being converted to "are", but now you can edit or add to the shortcuts directly on the device. And these are not limited to just a single word, as you can create a shortcut that expands to a whole phrase, such as "PC" changing to "PreCentral, a Smartphone Experts website"

To make changes to these shortcuts, open up the Text Assist app ( ) and tap on the "Edit User Dictionary" button on the bottom of the screen. On the "Shortcuts" tab, you will see a list of all the existing shortcuts that currently exist

  • To add a shortcut, just tap on the + sign on the bottom-left of this page, and on the "New Shortcut" screen, enter the shortcut text and what you want to expand that into.
  • To edit a shortcut, just tap on it and edit it on the next screen
  • To remove any shortcuts that have already been entered, just swipe-to-delete it off the screen and confirm the deletion.
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I love text assist, especially the custom strings. But the fact that it isn't backed up to your profile is unreal. What happens when I change to a Pre 3? Nightmare.

The beauty of a desktop sync is that this sort of thing is always built in. Look at BB, even two year old texts can be backed up. Not that I want them, but I know my custom dictionary is along for the ride too. This is a serious oversight.

Will text assist work across different devices on same profile.... how would H/P change it, Rubbbbyyyy

Does the Save/Restore App save them?

What happened to the *real* shortcuts! Give me back my .dts shortcut you morons! I am used to the for over 10 years.

I was wondering the same thing. Can they be backed up and then used on a new device instead of re-entering them again?

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