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Today we're talking about a feature of macOS that has been annoying people for years and that has been switched off for over a year because I was fed up at some point. It's about automatic capitalization, which the Mac does whenever you don't need it.
Classic example: You start an email in Apple Mail with the words "Hello XYZ," and then continue to write in the line below with "attached the PDF for". And what does the Mac do? He thinks, "Oh, there's a word at the beginning of the line! I'll quickly capitalize that." The "attached" becomes an "attached", which is of course total nonsense, because we had a comma at the top of the salutation.
The good news is that the Mac can be weaned off of this nonsense. To do this, proceed as follows:
With this you also have the "disadvantage" that in future lower case letters will no longer be corrected after a point, but I am happy to accept that. If my mistakes persist, I find it much less annoying than if you write something correctly three times a day and the Mac then "corrects" it incorrectly.
If you are already in the system settings for the keyboard in the "Text" area, you can also set up another feature there: automatic text replacement. The way it works is that you define a certain string and then specify what it should be replaced by. I have realized a few practical things that I would like to give you here as an example:
You already notice: You can really use this function quite wildly, but of course you have to remember all the abbreviations, because otherwise the whole thing does not help. Unfortunately, a small limitation of the native text replacement is that it cannot output multi-line items. So you are not able to save a signature with several lines as an abbreviation. Text with formatting and images cannot be realized with it either.
If you are looking for a tool that can do this and much more, take a look Text expander on. I've been using it for ages, then because of the subscription model it was free atext Hiked, but ended up back at Text Expander, because atext sometimes replaces abbreviations incorrectly, which is quite annoying in everyday life. I will soon write a more extensive article about atext and text expander, because both tools are pretty exciting.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.