What is a shortcut?
A shortcut is the OSlash way to reach a web page on the browser or insert a frequently-used text snippet anywhere using very simple and easy to recall words.
Shortcuts help you transform long URLs into everyday words and slash repetitive typing. You can type o/insurance to view your company’s insurance policy on Google Slides or o/design-mockup to view the mockups on Figma. Likewise, you can create a snippet shortcut o/outreach for automatically typing your outreach email with a few keystrokes.
Shortcuts make it much easier to find, access, and share information. Hence, they can end up saving you and your team more than 10 hours a week otherwise spent in the repetitive back and forth for the right information.
You can decide whether the shortcut you create is accessible only to you (private shortcut) or to your entire workspace. Custom sharing with select members of your workspace (such as only your team) is also possible with the help of shortcut collections.
🪄 Tip: To quickly create a shortcut for a page after installing the OSlash extension, visit the said page and use cmd/alt+shift+u on your keyboard to pop the OSlash extension window open. Then, select either 'link' or 'snippet', give your shortcut a name, paste the text snippet (if applicable), add an optional (but recommended) description and click on Save.
- You can OSlash a page you visit often so that you can open it almost instantly every time you need to.
- You can create a snippet for repetitive texts, messages, emails, and canned responses to eliminate typing them from scratch over and over.
- It is a good practice to add a description to the shortcuts you create so that people who want to access the shortcut know what to expect. Plus the words used in the description are indexed and that helps in improving shortcut search for times you don’t remember the exact shortcut name.
- Keep your shortcut names simple, easy to remember, and intuitive.
- If you’re unsure about the right name for your shortcut, consider using our automatic shortcut recommendations which will prompt some suggestions to help you decide. You can shuffle the recommendations to find one that fits.
- Follow common nomenclature across sets of documents shared by teams and departments. E.g. o/marketing-plan, o/sales-plan, and o/finance-reports to maintain consistency and allow the members in your workspace to navigate intuitively to the information.