Short Text

Short Text is a way to use one or two letters to type many words. It speeds both typing and handwriting.

There’s a full explanation starting with the Introducing Short Text post.

To start, learn the top three words of each letter – here’s the Top Three Words PDF.

And if you want to go further, here’s the full Short Text dictionary PDF.

Note the date on the dictionary PDF – I intend to keep adding words, so this will expand as time goes on.

I’m using Short Text on an iPhone and iPad using Text Replacements (Settings/General/Keyboard/Text Replacements). Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it should be to share these, and Text Replacements are currently limited to 9,999 entries. Also unfortunately, it’s not easy to save and share text replacements. You can Share a Text Replacements on a Mac, and the words will show up on connected devices, but you can’t currently save and share among iPhones and iPads.

I also have it enabled on a PC, using Word Expander, a free text replacement app. It is possible to import word lists into Word Expander, and you can import many more entries than you can using Text Replacements.

Feel free to contact me if you want me to share either of these lists.

I’m also using Short Text for handwriting. If you want to go full old technology, you can print out the short text dictionary as a lookup, and handwrite short text using tic marks for repeated letters.

I’m finding that typing short text on iPhone and also handwriting it, then reading back is a good combination for learning.

If you do take a look, please get in touch – I’d like to know what you think, and how you might be using this, including if there are words you use that aren’t in the dictionary and what those words are.