BlackBerry 101: Word Substitution and the Custom Dictionary

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Word Substitution and the custom dictionary are two features that I use every day on my BlackBerry® smartphone; since their job is to work seamlessly in text, email and messaging apps, I often forget I’m even using them.

The custom dictionary is a feature in which you can add names, words and acronyms that you wouldn’t find in a normal dictionary. Doing this ensures that they aren’t flagged as spelling mistakes.

Word Substitution (or AutoText as it’s called in BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 and below) is a database of words that are commonly mistyped or misspelled — “teh” instead of “the”, for example. When it recognizes one of these mistyped words, it automatically changes it to the correct spelling, which saves you time while typing.

Today I’m going to provide you an overview of how to customize these two features and provide you some tips for using them along the way.

Creating shortcuts for AutoText & Word Substitution

Some of you might already be aware of this tip, but a great example of AutoText is “mypin”. After typing that (without the quotes) and hitting the space key, you’ll notice it changes to your BlackBerry smartphone PIN.

Listed below are a few AutoText entries I created to show you just how useful this feature is!

Sharing your mailing address

  • Replace: “myadd”
  • With: 295 Phillip Street, Waterloo, Ontario Canada, N2L 3W8

Sharing the city you live in

  • Replace: “mycity”
  • With: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Lettings others know your birthday

  • Replace: “mybday”
  • With: April 21, 1985

Checking to see if a stop at the grocery store before I get home is needed

  • Replace: “omwh”
  • With: I’m on my way home. Is there anything you needed me to pick up on the way?

Now let’s create a new AutoText/Word Substitution:

BlackBerry® 6 and BlackBerry® 7 OS

1. From the Home Screen or from within a folder, select “Options”

  • If using BlackBerry 6 OS, select “Typing and Input”
  • If using BlackBerry 7 OS, select “Typing and Language”

2. Select “Word Substitution”
3. Press the Menu key and select “New”
4. Fill out the required fields
5. Press the Menu key and select “Save”.

 

BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 and below

1. Select “Options” from the Home screen or from within a folder
2. Select “Auto Text”, then press the Menu Key and select “New”
3. Fill out the required fields
4. Press the Menu key and select “Save”.

What is the Custom Dictionary?

With the ability to add words to the custom dictionary, you can prevent words that you commonly use from being flagged as a spelling mistake. For example, “blogger” and “foodie” are words I’ve added to my custom dictionary, since I use them a lot.

Adding a word or acronym to the custom dictionary

BlackBerry 6 and BlackBerry 7 OS

1. From the Home Screen or from within a folder, select “Options”

  • If using BlackBerry 6 OS, select “Typing and Input”
  • If using BlackBerry 7 OS, select “Typing and Language”

2. Select “Custom Dictionary”
3. Press the Menu key and select “New”
4. Enter the new word or acronym and select the Return key (marked in red below)

 

BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 and below

1. From the Home Screen or from within a folder select “Options”
2. Select “Custom Dictionary”
3. Press the Menu key and select “New”
4. Enter the new word or acronym and select the Return Key

Do you have a Word Substitution or custom dictionary tip for us? Please leave a comment below!

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