How to create custom text shortcuts using BlackBerry 10

How-To

Do you find yourself frequently sharing the same information – such as your phone number – while using a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone? If so, you should consider using text shortcuts, which will allow your BlackBerry smartphone to automatically replace the shortcut with the desired text. For example, instead of entering my phone number one digit at time, I can enter “mynumber” followed by hitting the space key, which will replace that text with my phone number.

Here’s a quick overview of this feature works as well as how to create and edit your own shortcuts:

Turn on Word Substitution

By default this feature should be enabled on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone but to double check, follow the steps below.

  1. On the Home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Language and Input
  3. Tap Automated Assistance followed by Word Substitution
  4. Set the Word Substitution switch to On

Adding a new shortcut

  1. On the Home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Language and Input
  3. Tap Automated Assistance followed by Word Substitution
  4. Tap Add Shortcut
    • In the first field, enter the shortcut, for example “myem1”
    • In the second field, enter text you’d like to insert when that shortcut is used, for example “ty@fake.address”
  5. Optionally check the Always use this capitalizations box
    • Using the shortcut “MyEm1” for example, typing “myem1” will not work if this feature is enabled, you must use “MyEm1” instead.
  6. Tap Save

Tip: Make sure you review the listing of preloaded shortcuts because some of them are very handy! For example:

  • mynumber – enters your smartphones phone number, i.e. +1234567890
  • mypin – enters your smartphone PIN, i.e. Pin:ABCD1234
  • myver – enters your smartphones software version, i.e. Z10STL100-3/10.0.9.2372
  • ld – enters the date in long form, i.e. Wed, Feb 13, 2013
  • lt – enters the time in long form, i.e. 9:27:37 AM
  • br – enters a left bracket, i.e. (
  • rb – enters a right bracket, i.e. )

Change or delete a shortcut

  1. On the Home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Language and Input
  3. Tap Automated Assistance followed by Word Substitution
  4. In the Substitution List, tap a word Substitution entry
    • To edit the entry, make your changes followed by tapping Back
    • To delete the entry, tap Delete

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To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit http://www.blackberry.com/support for access to product manuals, how-to demos, tips and tricks, YouTube videos, support forums, knowledge base articles, Twitter support, and contact information for your region.

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  • imtiaz

    Hi. I have just bought a new Q10. It’s a very nice phone. I usually use a lot of word substitute shortcuts, and I have preset many word short cuts. However when I am typing these shortcuts the system on this phone doesn’t automatically change the shortcuts into full words.

    I have double checked the settings to make sure the auto text key is on “On” position. Please assist me as it is very important for me to have this facility on my blackberry phone. Without this facility it will be a very big handicap for me! I do a lot of typing and the shortcuts are very important.

    Imtiaz

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