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Sick of typing S.H.I.E.L.D. Already? We have the solution!

Update: You can also use both methods below to create a shortcut for #AgentsofSHIELD.

Back in August 2012 when S.H.I.E.L.D. was first announced it became apparent right away to us here at SHIELDtv.net that typing S.H.I.E.L.D. was going to get old fast. We came up with an easy way to solve the problem via iPhone but the windows solution took a little longer.  The good news is now that we know how to do it we want to share with you a few easy steps that means whenever we type shi we automatically get S.H.I.E.L.D.

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iPhone/iPad/Mac Instructions

iphone shortcutjavascript:;The tedious task of typing out S.H.I.E.L.D. on an iPhone/iPad can be simplified by using the built in “Shortcut” feature.

Go to Settings, then Keyboard, then to “Add New Shortcut…” and enter the phrase S.H.I.E.L.D. and your preferred shortcut we’re using “shi” to make it nice and simple but you can use whatever shortcut you like, just be sure to avoid any real words because you’ll find that gets old fast..

Macs have the same feature built into System Preferences. Just click the Language & Text icon, then choose Text, and you’ll see a list of “symbol and text substitutions.” Click the [+] button below this list to add your desired substitution.

Windows Instructions

The keyboard shortcut is a little more complicated in Windows because shamefully Windows has no built in hotkey creator. The good news is there is a free app you can use to accomplish the task and spending just a couple of minutes setting it up will save you lots of frustration for years to come! Of course, this may not be an ideal solution for everyone but if you’re like us had find yourself typing S.H.I.E.L.D. a lot, you’ll find this very useful.

  1. Download and install AutoHotkey
  2. Run the program.
    If you would like an overview of commands you can click “Yes” to the pop up box asking if you want to create a sample script, otherwise just click “No“. You can easily access help for this information at a later time if required.
  3. Create a new AutoHotkey file.
    For our purpose we are going to create the file directly in the Windows Startup folder, this way the shortcut will be available whenever we start windows. Go to C:\Users\YOUR USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup then right click somewhere within the folder, go to “New” and select “AutoHotkey Script“.
  4. Delete all content in window and replace it with: ::shi::S.H.I.E.L.D. (where “shi” is the text you want to type and have converted to S.H.I.E.L.D. )
  5. hotkeySave the file giving it a name that makes sense (we use SHIELD) then double click the file to start it running in the background, you will notice a item in your system tray while the hotkey is running.
  6. Test it out by going to an input area of your computer (eg document, web form, Twitter etc) and typing shi followed by a space. The text should automatically convert to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Things to note:

  • While we use “shi” as our shortcut you can use anything you like including special keyboard commands for example CTRL  + ALT + S. Use the AutoHotkey help file to find the necessary characters to include in your script to activate these command keys.
  • You will notice Autolt3 Window Spy in your Start menu, this is a necessary part of the hotkey program that detects shortcut activity and not spyware.
  • We take no responsibility for anything occurring as a result of installing this software on your computer.
  • While this setup is for Windows it is more than likely a similar application exists for Mac users and we would welcome instructions from someone using a Mac to add to this page.
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Comments

  1. Or we can just start typing Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division each and every time. Significantly less periods that way. ;)

    • Ha! Yes! This would be almost as easy. It sure is frustrating that there’s no simple solution to this issue.

  2. Typing S.H.I.E.L.D. is positively exhausting. I keep hoping they would rename the show to Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. so I can shorten it to MS. Cool

  3. Snarky Nerdette says:

    I figure that typing the full thing out over and over and over again will someday result in me winning some random trivia question like “Name of the fictional Marvel government agency that is run by Nick Fury?”

  4. Good tips. The iPhone instructions work for iPads (and iPod Touch) as well.

    And Macs have the same feature built into System Preferences. Just click the Language & Text icon, then choose Text, and you’ll see a list of “symbol and text substitutions.” Click the [+] button below this list to add your desired substitution.

  5. I haven’t been able to find the language & text icon at my System Preferences on my iMac… is it because mine is older?  Does anyone know where I should look for the ‘symbol/text substitutions’ area on an older iMac?  

  6. embers said

    I haven’t been able to find the language & text icon at my System Preferences on my iMac… is it because mine is older?  Does anyone know where I should look for the ‘symbol/text substitutions’ area on an older iMac?  

    Which version of Mac OS are you running?

    Click the “Apple” icon at the top left of the screen. Then Click “About this Mac” and it should say Version 10.8.2 or something similar to that.

  7. it is mac OS X version 10.5.8

    and as much as I’ve searched I haven’t found a language & text icon.

     

    thanks Chiefted for any insight you can give!

  8. embers,

    The International icon is what it is called in 10.5.8.

    The only catch is that 10.5.8 doesn’t have the “Add New Shortcut” for text input (like the example above), so unfortunately
    you can’t use the hint above.

    All is not lost though. There are a couple of programs out there that will do the same thing, some of them not too expensive.
    I can’t put the links in since it won’t allow me to do that but if you google both of these it should be the top result (sorry I had the links
    but the board rejects the post with the links in there).

    The one I tend to recommend is called TextExpander (no don’t work for them but I have used the product for years).

    The other is called TypeIt4Me

    Both have a 30 day try before you buy policy and both have great customer support. TypeIt4Me is a one person show and it takes may take him 24 hours to respond but he does respond.

    Hope that helps.

  9. Director E says:

    Thanks for being so helpful. Sorry about the link issue, it’s because you’re not registered, it’s an anti spam measure.

  10. Agent E said
    Thanks for being so helpful. Sorry about the link issue, it’s because you’re not registered, it’s an anti spam measure.

     

    No problem and well I figured I might as well register anyways now. Laugh

  11. Director E says:

    Welcome :) Glad you decided to join us.

  12. Chiefted said
    embers,

    The International icon is what it is called in 10.5.8.

    The only catch is that 10.5.8 doesn’t have the “Add New Shortcut” for text input (like the example above), so unfortunately
    you can’t use the hint above.

    The one I tend to recommend is called TextExpander (no don’t work for them but I have used the product for years).

    The other is called TypeIt4Me

     

    Oh thank you so much!  I really appreciate your help!  And I cannot tell you how relieved I am to know that it is my iMac and not I was too stupid to find the icon that should have been obvious…

    I will definitely check out TextExpander and TypeIt4Me 

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