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Snippets allow you to save a significant amount of time by providing smart text substitutions.

Using Snippets

Snippets Variables

In order to be even more powerful, snippets can contain variables. There are three predefined variable types:


iA Writer provides 2 different date variables:

The full list of possible date formats can be found here.


Replaces the $CLIPBOARD$ variable with the clipboard content if the clipboard contains text.

Caret Position

Sets the caret position at $CARET$ after applying the substitution.

Placeholder Sections

If you include a variable with internal text other than DATE, CLIPBOARD or CARETa placeholder section will be added to your snippet. These sections will be written out in the Editor with the internal text as the placeholder.

Placeholder sections can then be overwritten at the time of writing. Jump between placeholders with the keyboard using the Tab key. If you’ve ever added a table in iA Writer for Windows, you’ll recognize these placeholders and how easy they make adding text.