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RickyRick
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Status: New idea

MacOS features a fantastic system-wide text replacement feature which makes inputting common words and phrases (like an email address) very simple.

It'd be fantastic if Firefox could be updated to take advantage of Text Replacement to provide a more seamless MacOS experience

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coachrye
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https://discussions.apple.com/thread/251199387

For text replacement to work in Apple Applications, they use Edit menu : Substitution : √ Text Replacement. You will notice that this menu item is entirely missing from Firefox 74.0.1, and many other non-Apple applications. The Firefox development team would have to redesign Firefox with the ability to enable text replacement from Apple's System Preferences : Keyboard : Text panel — which it is currently lacking.

 

cynthia316
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I second this!! Using an extension is not a good alternative it should already be built in

aleith
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I logged this issue two years ago on Bugzilla (issue number 1607115). Provided some additional details there.

MindFad
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Begging for this to be added. And all standard macOS text substitutions and functionality in general would be awesome. 😔

JuliusH
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Please fix this. Text replacement can be so useful. Very unfortunate it doesn't work in Firefox!

akshayf
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I switched to firefox today after years of safari use and uninstalled this within 2 hours, because of this.

Status changed to: New idea
Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks for submitting an idea to the Mozilla Connect community! Your idea is now open to votes (aka kudos) and comments.

Cam9
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Agree current system fails unless you look at the screen for each word.  Even Chrome highlights doubtful words which is much better when proof reading document or email.

s1fly
Familiar face

This would be really useful, especially for work - I'd use it all the time. What would make it even more useful would be to sync those text replacements across your Firefox account so they worked on mobile and other desktops.

There are a few Chrome extensions that do this but they always seem to have suspect data capturing. I've not really seen any for Firefox and you'd hope if it was baked into the browser, it would adhere to Mozilla's strategy of not needing to capture the data other than for syncing.

Thanks for bringing this one up @RickyRick 

dk53
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Agree, it would be really an awesome feature

leorts
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Waiting for it.

This feature would upgrade Firefox from "portable" app status to "integrated".

Antwan
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Is there a bugzilla ticket on this?

Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

@Antwan here it is

RDG
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Substitution works on my iPad and my iPhone in Firefox. Why cant it work on my Mac.

michaelblight
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Not been here before, so I’m not sure if this is the right place or if this has been identified a thousand times before, but… I’m using Firefox on an iPad and I have single letter text replacements set up for my kids names, so if I type M followed by a space, it replaces it with Matthew. However, in Firefox in the url field, the minute I type the M, it does the replacement. So if I try to type “microsoft.com”, I end up with “Matthewicrosoft.com”. On other apps on iOS it doesn’t do the replacement if you follow it with another letter - it only does it with space, comma, etc. And I have 5 kids, so 25% of the time Firefox is driving me mad. This is not how it’s supposed to work, so how does this get fixed?