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Yellow Day Sametime Tip: Autoreplace Text


In honor of Yellow Day, I thought I'd pull a Sametime tip out of the archive, for those who might have missed it the first time around.  

If there are phrases or acronyms you use a lot when sending IMs, here's a tip you may find useful.  I know IM is often a more informal communication vehicle and acronyms, while not as common as in SMS text messaging, are often expected and accepted.  Still, there may be times where you want to spell things out, or, like in my case, where you find yourself using acronyms with special characters on a fairly regular basis.

Basically, you can use the same function that automatically convert this:  :)  to this: Autoreplace2.jpg  to autoreplace text, too.  As an example, here's what I did to have Sametime automatically change uc2 to UC²

1.  Go into Sametime preferences
2.  Select Emoticon Palettes
3.  Click on "Add Text" and enter the text you want to autoreplace (in my case I pasted in the phrase "UC²")
4.  In the "Keyboard" text box on the right, type the shorthand/acronym (in my case, I typed "uc2")

Autoreplace2.jpg

That's it... now when I'm sending a chat to someone and type uc2 it auto-replaces with UC².

(As I mentioned at the time, what I'd really love is a more robust autoreplace feature so that it fixes for me all the words I'm discovering I can't spell right on the first try, like sentence (sentance?) and referred (refered?)... but I know the team has a lot of priorities for Sametime, so we'll just have to see about this one.  I'm pretty sure I read in Mary Beth Raven's blog that they're working on this for a future version of Notes, so maybe we'll see it in Sametime before too long, too.)