November 17, 2015


This tip on my Ask Anything series today is a FAVORITE quick tip of mine to save TIME–and, it is a tip that is great for NON-business owners also!  It for anyone who loves social media!  It all starts with my macbook, which I LOVE!  It is so easy for me to work on, and I just love a full keyboard- due to growing up in the instant messaging years, I am a really efficient typer.  So sometimes typing on my phone can get really cumbersome.  That being said, my iphone is often where business- and personal- social media happen, based on ease (and, as a working mother, phones are easier for the “OMG the kids are actually playing TOGETHER happily–let’s get that Instagram post up”… can I get an amen?!).  But sometimes using social media, especially hash-tagging on Instagram, can get REALLY annoying on phone keyboards.

So I have made use of something that has drastically changed my social media use on my phone…keyboard shortcuts!  They are so easy to make, and they cut down my typing time big time! You can make keyboard shortcuts for ANYTHING! So if you are a mom (or puppy mom!) and you use a specific hashtag for your kid to group those photos, like “#BestBoyBrian” or whatever it may be, you could make a keyboard SHORTCUT for that so that you only have to type a couple of characters (for example, “BBB”), and it would appear! Or maybe you are a photographer and are constantly typing in the same string of hashtags for your business or area (which you definitely want to be doing!)…little keyboard shortcuts can make it SO easy!

The other use I have found that has changed my world is for blog comments! I love to comment on fellow photographer’s blog posts, and this often happens from my phone. But often, you have to fill in your email address and website if you have one as a part of the comment registration process…and on a phone, that requires you to switch between multiple screens! Not anymore! Now, I just type “web” and my full website appears! I type “Jemail” and my email address appears! It is amazing!

So how do you do it? It’s SUPER simple! These are iphone instructions since I am a Mac girl, but I’m POSITIVE you could do it on any type of cell phone (from the last few years! :))!

Step 1). Go to settings. Press “General”. Scroll down to “keyboard”. Press “shortcuts”.

Step 2). Decide what all you want to use! I have a shortcut for my regular business hashtags, for my wedding hashtag, for my publishing hashtags, etc.

Step 3). Plus the + in the upper right corner. Under “phrase” you write what you want to auto fill (so for example, for wedding hashtags I want #jillgumphotography #jgpweddings #jgpcouples #springfieldweddingphotographer #midwestweddings – so I put that all under “phrase”

Step 4). Under “shortcut”, type what you want to type instead! So instead of ALL of those things up above…I type “Whash” for wedding hashtag. That’s ALL!  That is 5 letters instead of 80!  It is AMAZING!

Step 5). Press “save” in the upper right corner, and you are done! The next time you start to type your shortcut- Whash for example, ALL of those other phrases appear!

Some people may have better luck than I do with autofill, but the hashtags I regularly use only sometimes would show up, and never for the blog shortcut use- so this saves me TONS of time!

One tip: Make sure the actual shortcuts you WILL type in (“whash” in my example) aren’t phrases you usually type! For example, when I started with the blog comments shortcut, I just used “email” to autofill jill@jillgumphotography.com…but I found that I typed the word “email” a LOT in other conversation, so it was autofilling in my actual address where I didn’t want it to! I went back through and changed it to “Jemail”- which I would never regularly type- problem solved!

I hope this is helpful- I have found it to be SUCH a time saver!!! Enjoy using your new shortcuts!!

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  1. Candi Leonard

    November 18th, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I love using those! Total time saver! Great post!!

  2. Nicole Salter

    November 18th, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    I’ve been doing this for a while now and its a LIFESAVER!

  3. Misty Adams Christensen

    November 18th, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I never knew this!!! Definitely going to use this for IG hastags!

  4. Melissa Lee

    November 19th, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Awesome!! Did not know about this either! Thank you!

  5. Cinnamon Ruvolo Wolfe

    November 19th, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I’ve done this a little bit but I need to get better at it. I totally see the benefit and time saving aspects, I just need to sit down and do it one day! (and then remember it after that!) ha!

  6. Lee Mitchum

    November 20th, 2015 at 12:32 am

    I use keyboard shortcuts all the time!

  7. Leslie Hogenes Lejcar

    November 24th, 2015 at 7:02 pm


  8. Krista Jones

    November 25th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    This post is amazing Jill!! I had no idea all of these shortcuts existed!

  9. Jenny Storment

    November 25th, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    This has been the biggest time saver for me! I love when another shared this tip about the keyboard shortcuts with me!

  10. Bethanne Arthur

    November 25th, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Brilliant! Great post!

  11. Sarah Larson

    November 25th, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I never knew this!! Thank You!!

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