Everyone loves Siri. Well they don’t always, but sometimes it can be pretty useful. Fortunately, Text Case supports Siri so that you can convert text into any format using it!
Unfortunately, there’s no way for apps to take any form of input from Siri, so Text Case uses your clipboard as a form of input and output.
The simplest way to open up Text Case to Siri, is to record a custom phrase for a specific format.
To do this, you’ll need to navigate to the Setting screen, and tap on “Add to Siri”. That will bring up a list of every format in Text Case, and after tapping on one of these, the Siri Shortcut interface will appear, where you can record a phrase to use with this format.
One a Siri Shortcut is set up, to format your text, all you need to do is to copy some text, say the phrase to Siri, and the formatted result will be ready to paste wherever you want.
The Shortcuts App
That’s not all you can do with Text Case though, as you can even use these actions within the Shortcuts app.
However, as Text Case deals with the clipboard, you will need to make sure you set the clipboard to the text you want to be formatted, and then retrieve the clipboard when you want to use the results.
Here is a basic example of how you can make use of Text Case inside a Shortcut:
Although the main Text Case app can be a very useful app to have open while you’re formatting a few pieces of text, sometimes you just want a little less friction while you’re writing.
That’s why you can format any text in iOS, simply by selecting text, sharing it to Text Case, and then just tapping once on the format you want to use. It’s a flow I use whenever I’m writing on my iPhone or my iPad, because it allows you to completely focus on your writing, without needing to manually switch apps to just format a title.
Enabling the Extension
First off, you’ll need to enable the Action Extension. This can be quite long-winded, so it’s best to follow along with the screenshots below, or there are some written steps.
Select any text in your favourite text editor.
When the share sheet appears, on the bottom row you’ll find an option called “More” with three dots as the icon. Tap that.
It should then open a list where you can enable and disable any available actions from your installed apps. You need to enable Text Case’s “Convert Text” action.
After that, tap done, and it will appear in the list of actions in the bottom row of the share sheet.
Formatting Text via the Extension
Once you’ve got it enabled, formatting text is rather simple.
Select the text you want to format.
Select “Convert Text” from the bottom row of the share sheet.
When Text Case appears, you just need to tap once on the format you want to use. By default Title Case will be the first option.
After you tapped on the formatted title in Text Case, you will be returned to your previous app, where your text should still be selected.
You can now tap on Paste to overwrite the text with the formatted version.
There’s quite a lot of things that you can change in Text Case, so you can feel more at home while formatting all of your lovely text.
First off is the theme. There are currently two themes in Text Case, the obvious Light and Dark options. More will come in the future, but alas, that’s not relevant to this guide.
The theme is applied globally, and therefore it affects the app and the share extension. The theme changes the background colour, the input field colours, and the colour the formatted results that appear in the app.
To change the theme, you just need to navigate to the Settings screen, tap on the Theme option at the top, and then select a theme from the list.
You can also change how Text Case appears from your home screen, with 22 different icons to choose from.
To change the app icon, you navigate to the Settings screen, tap on App Icon, and select one from the list. An alert will appear to confirm the change.
Title Case Style
As mentioned in a previous guide, “What Is Title Case?“, you can change the style of Title Case that is used within the app. So if you want to know more about Title Case, and how to change it, check out the article.
Formats Section Order
There will always be formats that you use more than others, so that’s why there’s an option to rearrange the format sections in the app.
This can be managed from the Settings screen, under “Change Section Order”. Once there, you can drag the sections to indicate the order you want them displayed in.
Below each section title, you can see the current number of formats that are visible for each one. Just a quick note, if a section has no visible formats, it won’t appear in the formats list when transforming text.
If you do make changes to the order, you can always go back to the default option, by tapping on the Reset button in the top-right corner.
Along with rearranging the sections in Text Case, you can hide a format completely, so it won’t appear in the app or share extension.
It’s very simple to do, just choose the “Enable/Disable Formats” from the Settings screen, and then tap to enable or disable formats as you wish!
Title Case is the term people use when referring to the format in which titles should be capitalised. However, this isn’t an entirely objective format, as there are multiple standards that different writers use, and also some choose to customise them even further.
In Text Case, I’ve chosen to support four different standards of Title Case:
These standards are much bigger than just rules on how titles should be capitalised, but it is, of course, the only relevant part for Text Case.
AP format is commonly used by news organisations, as the Associated Press offer style guides for a wide arrange of writing, and it can be easy to use one entire standard.
With AP format, the first and last words are always capitalised, along with all verbs, nouns, and adjectives. Any prepositions or conjunctions that are four characters or more are also capitalised.
APA format is very similar to AP format, in that it uses the same base rules, except that the last word isn’t capitalised by default.
MLA format is commonly used by academic writers when writing papers. It is a rather simple standard to follow, with all words being capitalised, except for a specific number of conjunctions.
CMOS is one of the more popular standards that I’ve seen among bloggers, and it’s one that I use myself. In CMOS, all words are capitalised except for any preposition or conjunction. It’s commonly used when doing comprehensive, in-depth writing.
Changing Title Case Style in Text Case
You can change the Title Case style by navigating to the Settings page, choosing “Text Case Style”, and then selecting the style that you wish you use.
You can also tap on the Info icon on any of the styles, to find out more information on how they are used, and also a link to read more about them.
When you’re using the Title Case format, you can see the style that is being used on the top right of the formatted result. For example, the app in the screenshot is using APA style.