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Tips & Tricks: I’m in love with %b – Useful AutoText Shortcuts

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    Ronen Halevy
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    This is brilliant! Actually saving me from making an autotext for all the different variations of abbrevations connect to other words that I’ve been doing up until now. Awesome article, Ronen.

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    Ronen Halevy
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    blackberry-autotext Otis sent me an email about a few tricks he uses to enhance his typing experience on his BlackBerry. At first I was wondering why he bothered but after I setup a few of them I understood why he is in love with %b!  In case you didn’t know the %b code essentially translates into a backspace in AutoText.

    This opens a whole new door of possibilities for AutoText shortcuts! I love when I learn new things that solve problems I did not know I even had. You may not agree with the shortcuts he uses %b for but it has a broad range of possibilities. I will hand the floor over to Otis:

    I don’t remember whether or not I ever read about the %b code in tips about Auto Text, but I’ve started using it recently, and now I’m hooked!

    The %b code, as you may know, inserts a backspace. Hmm. . . What’s so exciting about that? Well, I guess you could say I’m spoiled. I love that I rarely have to hit the apostrophe when I’m typing on my BlackBerry. Auto Text is pre-wired for most of the contractions and inserts them automatically. Sometimes, though, I get a little esoteric – "couldn’t’ve" or "I’d’ve." Also, I’ve gotten so used to not having to type apostrophes that it gets annoying to have to insert them for possessives – "John’s" or "Margaret’s." That’s where %b won my heart.

    I’ve defined ‘ve" as "%b’ve; " so, now, I type "couldn’t ve," and it comes out "couldn’t’ve." Similarly, I type "John s," and it comes out "John’s." Once I got used to this, I got annoyed at having to hit the "alt" key for other punctuation, so I defined "j" as semi-colon ("%b; "), "b" as exclamation point ("%b! ") – you get the picture. I even defined "m" as period ("%b.") Why would I do that, when my Berry already knows to change two spaces into a period? Well, sometimes, I want a period without a space after it – such as when I use a period right before a quotation mark.

    Henry Petroski wrote, "Necessity isn’t the mother of invention;  inconvenience is." These shortcuts certainly aren’t necessary, but they make my BlackBerry experience that much more convenient!

    Tips & Tricks: I’m in love with %b – Useful AutoText Shortcuts

    #178845

    Luis Merlos
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    one of my favs has to be not having to type my number all the time, use %# i think thats what it is

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