VA Snippets support a number of reserved strings that enable text substitution when inserted into the text editor. For example, any occurrence of $selected$ in a snippet is replaced with the actual text editor selection at the time the snippet was invoked.
As noted in a previous post, VA Snippets support shortcuts. You wouldn’t want to use the $selected$ reserved string with a snippet that you want to invoke via a shortcut since typing the shortcut will overwrite your text selection (in this case, occurrences of $selected$ would simply be removed from the snippet when it is inserted into the text editor).
Instead of using the $selected$ reserved string, use $clipboard$.
Now you can use a shortcut to invoke the snippet with one small extra step:
- Make your text selection
- Copy (or Cut)
- Type the shortcut and accept the snippet suggestion