Inserting and Replacing Text With Shortcuts

You can use the Shortcuts app on your Mac to create quick text inserts or replacements. The Shortcut can prompt for text, let you choose from a list, or include the current date and time.

Comments: 8 Responses to “Inserting and Replacing Text With Shortcuts”

    Eliot Houman
    8 months ago

    Hi there - is there a way we can use a shortcut to paste a QR code onto a PDF? We typically use an ink stamp to add a QR code to our mail, and then have a scanner batch scan and separate based on QR code. I'm noticing that the quality of the ink stamp is not great. It would be great if I can put our QR code in clipboard, and then use a keyboard shortcut to have it paste into the PDF when viewing the PDF in preview. Is that possible?

    8 months ago

    Eliot: A QR code is just an image. When you are creating the PDF in whatever app you use (Pages, Word, InDesign, etc) just drag and drop the QR code image in there and place it where you want. If you copy the image contents to the clipboard you can paste it as you would paste anything else. No need for a Shortcut here, just drag-and-drop or Paste.

    Steve
    8 months ago

    The shortcuts you present work OK for me with text apps and Mail.app, but not with the Messages.app.

    8 months ago

    Steve: Hopefully something they fix at some point.

    Bart
    2 months ago

    Thank you!
    It was exactly what i'm looking for, very simple.

    Regards

    Bart
    2 months ago

    Hi, i noticed that this command is working only on Mac, but not on iPad/iPhone. Do you have any suggestion to solve this?

    2 months ago

    Bart: I'm pretty sure it will only work on a Mac as you don't have the same text Quick Actions/Services functionality in iOS.

    Bart
    2 months ago

    Ok, thank you for the reply. I tried to execute shortcuts via Siri, with cursor focused on a note before to speak the command. Btw it would be very useful if apple will enhance iOS to catch a text through the output of a shortcut and send it to the focused filed.
    Regards

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