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User Guide: Adding and Editing Snippets

 

Snippet Anatomy

A snippet consists of two parts.

  • Abbreviation: shortcut or text typed to cause the expansion
  • Content: the text which expands to replace the abbreviation

Also available is a Preview of how the snippet will look when you expand it.

Tap on a snippet to view, copy, or edit the abbreviation or content. Tap the arrow in the lower right or swipe left to view a preview of the expanded snippet. Swipe right to exit.

Edit the abbreviation or content by tapping in that field or tapping Edit. Tap Done to finish.

 

Adding a Snippet

  1. Tap Groups.
  2. Tap on a group to view its snippets.
  3. Tap + at the bottom of the snippet list. A new blank snippet will appear.
  4. Type an abbreviation in the Abbreviation area at the top. Add or paste the snippet content into the Content area just below.
  5. Tap Done.

Test the snippet in the notes screen.

  1. Back out of the screens by tapping < or swiping right until you see Notes in the menubar, then tap it.
  2. Type the abbreviation and watch the snippet expand.

Moving a Snippet to Another Group

  1. Open a group and tap on a snippet.
  2. Tap the Organize folder in the middle of the toolbar. A list of all groups will appear.
  3. Tap on a group.

Editing a Snippet

  1. Tap on a snippet from the groups list.
  2. Once it opens, tap on either field, abbreviation or content, and start typing.

To see a preview of how the snippet will look once expanded, tap the arrow in the lower right or swipe to left. To return, tap the arrow in the upper left or swipe right.

Undo

Shake the device. A menu will popup offering undo or redo.

Deleting a Snippet

  1. Open a group by tapping on it.
  2. Tap Edit, tap the red minus (-) next to the snippet, then tap Delete.
  3. Tap Done.

Alternately, swipe left across the snippet, then tap Delete.

What Makes a Good Abbreviation?

  • short
  • easy to remember
  • unlikely to be typed by accident
  • unique

Examples:

  • aaddr
  • eemail
  • ssig

 

Formatting Text

Format the text of a snippet, or note, using the edit menu.

  1. Select some text by double tapping on a word.
  2. The edit menu will appear with familiar “Cut, Paste, Select, etc…” menu items. Tap the arrow on the right side of the menu for more options:
    • BIU: add bold, italics, or underline formatting
    • Format: change text color, font size, or switch back to plain text
    • Insert: place a macro or tab character in a snippet. An example of a macro snippet is the current date “ddate” snippet included in the sample snippet group.

The Insert menu item includes several types of macros other than date and time, for specifics see Advanced Features.

 

Conflicting Snippets

When two snippet abbreviations conflict they appear in blue or orange as a warning. Two abbreviations will conflict if they have the same abbreviation but different content, or if two abbreviations are so similar as to prevent one from ever expanding.

  • Blue: The abbreviation and content of two snippets are exactly the same. They are duplicates and will both expand.
  • Orange: If two or more snippet abbreviations are too similar, they will conflict. This will prevent one of the snippets from expanding.

Fix the conflict:

  1. Tap on the blue or orange bubble inline with the snippet. A menu will show the conflicting snippet(s).
  2. Tap the conflicting snippet to delete it or clear its abbreviation.

 

 

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