Arduino Forum moderator Nick Gammon finds himself typing in the same things over and over again while responding to questions within the community. On the list are links to primers about interrupts, serial, and debugging; plus there are also few phrases and markup tags. To make his life a little easier, he used a 16-key keypad and the Arduino Leonardo’s capability to act like a USB keyboard to make all these strings one pushbutton away.

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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  • stevenetrivet

    Hm. Must’ve never heard of ‘software’ before…
    We use “Typinator” for Mac, which is a type expander. E.g., type in “readbefore” and you can have a whole pre-defined sentence replaced wherever you typed it:
    “Please read the blah blah blah before posting”