I have this problem, you see. It’s annoying and made me 😡 after a while. But I didn’t really worry too much about it at our 🏡 until it became too bad and interfered with my work. A while back, I was really excited about this feature for the Chromebook 💻 . I thought that it would be the most useful feature for me.
At the time, my keyboard was doing funky things for me. In particular, the spacebar was working weirdly. I thought that it was a setting on my 💻 and so started poking around and found this setting.
Who doesn’t like auto-suggestion, particularly when you’re on your phone? Chrome OS brought it to the Chromebook and it was really, really nice. The blog post was here. It saved me the embarrassment of speling mistakes.
Now, to the best of my recollection, things went off the rails last week. Like a good Google minion, I always allow the updates to the Chrome OS when asked. I was happy to do so until I started typing and you can see the results above!
Somehow, Chrome OS has this feature that certain words are automatically translated to emoji for you. So, I type 🏡 (house) and I get the five letters replaced by an image of a 🏡 .
Now, at the beginning, it was kind of cute. Then, as I started to write formal emails and documents, it became an annoyance. Then, I became 😡 about it. What’s a person to do?
You Google it, of course. Or Bing it. Or DuckDuckGo it. Surprisingly, there were no answers. Actually, the results were all about questions from people about how to actually make it happen. The recommendations were basically to install a particular extension. I looked through my list of installed extensions but I couldn’t find any of the culprits. And, if I installed all the recommended extensions, I’d have nothing but extensions. That’s not good.
Those that know me know that I don’t typically use emoji but do use the occasional <grin>. I learned the language well in elementary school! Old habits die hard. I did find a workaround. If I type 😡 but don’t want the emoji, I could just backspace once after it and the text would appear – angry – but that means breaking a stream of thought when the little ding lets you know that there was a substitution made.
So, I went 🔙 to the original post thinking that there was a toggle that was on by default. That was frustrating and made me 😡 again because the menus that turned things on had changed. After getting 😡 and angrier, I finally found the setting. After having been exposed to this for a while, I realized that the action was similar to auto-correct. It was just fixing spelling by replacing it with an emoji.
My first thought was that it was an Easter Egg or something hidden in the Canadian keyboard. So, I shuffled between the three I have configured.
The Emojis followed me wherever I went. So, it wasn’t related to just one of them.
My solution – as you can see from the screen capture above, I had auto-correction set to “Aggressive”. I ended up turning auto-correction off and I’m back to a regular typing setting.
I can type angry, back, house, computer all I want now and there’s no auto-correction to emoji. This graduate from Mrs. Ball’s English class is back on track.
At least, I think that was the cause and effect. The solution worked for me but I only have one Chromebook to try this theory out on. If any reader is feeling a bit adventurous, could you try it and see if you can get auto-emoji working on your end? I’m on the Beta channel for Chrome OS so that I can run Android apps.
Now, for the truth in blogging moment. Having turned them off, I kind of miss them. I am now curious as to how many more of them there are. Maybe I should just type random words and see if they change.
Doug has too much time on his hands.