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Tip of the Day: Fun with Keyboard Shortcuts

If you look through your messages you will probably notice that you use a lot of the same phrases over and over. But did you know you can be boring and repetitive in half the time by creating a few keyboard shortcuts? A shortcut lets you enter a word or phrase by typing just a few characters.

For example, Apple has already set one up for “On my way!” The company's thoughtfulness means fully half of your text messages can be quickly taken care of by typing the characters “omw.”

Hi Sweetie, just wanted to let you know I do what I want.

To create your own shortcuts, go to Settings > General > Keyboard, then tap Add New Shortcut. The possibilities are endless:

“Hdyr” for “Honey, did you remember to … ?” when texting your spouse.

“Nycc” for “No, you can’t have any cookies.” and “dyh” for “Do your homework.” when texting your children.

“Idwiw” for “I do what I want.” for your kids when they text you back.

What phrases do you use the most when texting? Let us know in the comments.

Have an awesome tip to share with your fellow iPhone Life readers? Email me at sarah@iphonelife.com.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the web editor of iPhone Life magazine. She has written for savvyvegetarian.com and worked as the associate editor of the Iowa Source for many years.