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On iOS, I could add a language short cut easily in settings. Like gd stands for "have a good day". Is there a way of doing that on a Mac?

I don't know if this is even possible since OS X doesn't have an ubiquitous spelling check, as it may seem. I hope I'm wrong.

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Yes, in

System Preferences > Language and Text > "Text" Tab
> [√] Use symbol and text substitution

Then hit the [+] button at the bottom of the list and add your shortcut text and your substitution text.

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I believe this feature first became available in Snow Leopard (Mac OS X v10.6.x).

If the built-in feature runs out of steam for you, there's always been a wealth of third party "text expander" and macro utilities for the Mac. Here's a nice rundown.

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This is great, Thanks a lot, Spiff –  Will Dec 13 '11 at 11:54

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