Text replacement, ASCII emoji and Slack

Humans are creatures of habits and programmers… well, even more! Working remotely, I spent lots of hours interacting with people using a keyboard:


Not like that! I mean typing! Nowadays, typing emotions is a common thing: we use emojis. They are everywhere: Slack and Facebook have them. Not Twitter (Yeah, I know! I just can’t get over it!”).

You simply write 🙂 and you get a nice smiling face (Rocket science, eh, Twitter?)

Slack pushed it even more. They have a ton of icons and you can even add yours, but… BUT the keywords to trigger the icon replacement must start and end with “ : “, like :+1:, :-1:, :sweat:. It gets worse if you prefer other skin colors: :+1::skin-tone-5:.

I continuously type +1 or -_-’ and I want them to be translated in emoji, Lucky me, OSX has a text replacement feature:

System Preferences -> Language & Region -> Keyboard preferences -> Text

Keyboard preferences -> Text

Once you have your favorite ASCII emoticons ready to be replaced, you go to Slack and enable the Text Replacement:

Enable text replacement


With the same approach, you can even easily censor yourself, replacing words like f*ck, sh*t and so on 🙂

And now, go to setup some office prank for your colleagues >:)


Fellas at https://medium.com/developers, we could use some emoji replacement here, too 😉

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