Dealing with tasks that require you to paste the same text pieces over and over again is not only inefficient but also annoying. TextExpander comes to the rescue by providing an application that can automatically insert user-defined text snippets into any field that support this kind of data.
Following a brief installation process, TextExpander is installed on your computer, and you can start using it. An account it mandatory for it to work, and you can register for a new one from within the app. Once logged in, you will notice the TextExpander icon in the system tray area.
Unfortunately, TextExpander does not currently feature an actual interface to help you manage snippets, groups, and abbreviations. All this must be done via the online account first, by logging in to textexpander.com. There, you can add new snippets for TextExpander to remember, assign them labels, create them with the help of an editor that features automatic date and time insertion and calculation, cursor positioning, and clipboard content insertion. Additionally, the fill-in-the-blank text pieces can help you create custom forms.
There are additional options regarding the conditions that have to be met for the expansion to take place. By default, the expansion is done when a whitespace comes before the abbreviation, but alternatives are welcomed as well.
The purpose of TextExpander is to provide a way to reduce the time needed to complete certain typing tasks, such as typing repetitive text sections (for example, a signature at the end of multiple emails you send). However, it does not include a proper interface, which is a rather important inconvenient.
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