Cut your work in half: TextExpander types text for you

Cut your work in half: TextExpander types text for you
Quick Mac Tip, 02 January 2011

When it really comes down to it, there are 3 applications I absolutely must have on any Mac I use. There are plenty more I’d like to have, or ought to have, or want, of course. But when it comes to the crunch, the 3 I can’t do without are 1Password, TextExpander and Launchbar.

I wrote about 1Password last week. Here’s what TextExpander does for me.

TextExpander types for you

One of my shortcuts in TextExpander.

One of my shortcuts in TextExpander.

I do a lot of writing, so TextExpander 3 (affiliate link) (US$34.95) is my second most essential application. Perhaps if I only ever used my Mac for graphics and never wrote a word I could do without it. But then, who never writes an email, a tweet, a Facebook update?

Save time and effort with TextExpander! Whether it’s a simple email signature or several paragraphs of a standard response, you’ll love how easy it is to use TextExpander to avoid typing the same thing over and over.

TextExpander corrects my most frequent typos, inserts whole chunks of standard text for me — email address, URLs and HTML code are my most commonly used items — and generally keeps me sane.

Import TextExpander snippets.

Import TextExpander snippets.

You need to spend a small amount of time setting up abbreviations and what they expand to. But if there’s anything you type more than a couple of times an hour TextExpander repays the investment with compound interest.

There are also lists of abbreviations that come with the software or that you can import.

Honestly, if you ever write anything, you need this one.

Read more at: Type routine text with TextExpander.

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