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How to activate Mac OS Text Presets in Firefox?


In the Mac OS under System Preferences→ Language & Text, you can set text presets. As I do a lot of web support work with Firebug, I have a list of presets that expand when I type.Things like -> becoming → or <c> becomes .

I cannot for the life of me find an add-on or an option in Firefox that allows Firefox to accept these text presets - the text presets will only work in Safari. Is there such an ability to turn these text presets on in Firefox?

Cheers! Chris

Chosen solution

Hello Krisbee1,

I've found an Firefox addon that adds the functionality that you are looking for. Take a look at:

Text Complete Addon

Cheers, Patrick

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Chosen Solution

Hello Krisbee1,

I've found an Firefox addon that adds the functionality that you are looking for. Take a look at:

Text Complete Addon

Cheers, Patrick

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Hi @patrickmc,

Thank you so much - that's a nifty plugin! :)

Cheers! Chris

Question owner

Hi @patrickmc,

The add-on you referenced appears to not be under development any longer, but you lead me to an even better add-on (which is great).

This one even allows complete phrases to be stored - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/mywords/