I mentioned this in another thread, but wanted to make a full tutorial for it as well.
For those of us who do a lot of identifying on iNat, we often enter the same text over and over again, whether it be about basic iNat use (eg from the Frequently Used Responses page) or taxonomic/ID info. In my experience, the best way to do this is not via some other app or window with text that you can select, copy, and paste from, but via a “text expander” browser plugin.
With a text expander, all you do is set up a letter combination and the extension will automatically turn that into the full text you want to enter.
There are many of these extensions that you can search for. Firefox is my main browser and I’m currently using this ancient one that still works fine. But they all work basically the same way. Here’s how to set it up.
- Search for a text expander extension and install it in your browser. Make sure it’s active.
- Set up the extension and add shortcuts plus text. Make sure your shortcuts are not letter combinations you would normally use. Make sure to save each one. Here are some examples of mine:
- The next time you use iNaturalist, enter a letter combination and the text attached to it should appear instantly.
It can take a little time to remember which combinations you want to use, but once you do this is a real time saver.
I’ve made this a wiki post. Please feel free to edit and add your preferred text expander extension and browser below, if you like:
Define Text Replacement using your device’s Operating System: Text Replacement How To’s
Briefly, For iPad or iPhone iOS use:
Settings → Keyboard → Text Replacement
to define keystrokes that insert a comment when you type specific keystrokes.
Once defined, typing ‘Picturethis’ produces,
“You may also enjoy using an app called PictureThis, which is designed to ID landscaping plants.”
How To links
People could use Google or DuckDuckGo to find instructions for their specific devices, but here are a couple I found.