Software Tools

Why I Love TextExpander

 December 28, 2017

By  Uriah Guilford, MFT

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Have you ever noticed that there are certain things you type over and over again? Like email addresses, passwords or email greetings or sign offs.

I’m a pretty fast typist, but I really don’t like wasting key strokes!

That is why I absolutely love TextExpander. Another simple tool that makes a small difference everyday.

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How it makes my life easier:

TextExpander allows me to program short keystrokes that expand into longer phrases or really anything that I want.

It’s kind of like autocomplete on steroids, except that it follows your orders and doesn’t embarrass you!

I don’t know if you are like me, but I seem to use a couple phrases frequently in my email communication. Here are my most frequent snippets.

lmk: Let me know
lmq: Let me know if you have any questions
gM: My email address
thx: My email sign off
r20: 2020 Receipt

It makes me a bit quicker with my daily tasks and that makes a difference for me. In fact, the company actually sends a regular email telling me how many times I used TextExpander and how much time I saved. Kind of cool!

What I love:

  • Using it has become second nature
  • It saves time and makes me feel like a speedy ninja
  • It syncs with all my computers and just works

What I don’t love:

The only issue I have had is that the upgrade from the older version to the newer version was somewhat confusing.

It is Mac specific, but there may be similar software for Windows. Comment below if you have a solution for that.

It is definitely a software tool that I make sure gets installed quickly on any new computer.

In fact, I find myself getting flustered anytime I am on a computer that does not have TextExpander installed. Ha!

Do you use a text expander plugin or software? If so, share in the comments below.

Uriah Guilford, MFT

Uriah is a group practice owner and the creator of Productive Therapist. He is a technology nerd, a minimalist travel packer, a rock drummer and business development enthusiast.

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