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ActiveWords

$30
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Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
out of 17 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0
  • Total Downloads:
    5,730
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 28, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (60-day trial); $30.00 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    17.81MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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ActiveWords is a nifty free program that does seven useful things when you type key words or letter combinations and hit the space bar. In fact, the developers believe program's seven categories make up the 80 percent of computing tasks in the 80/20 paradigm: Substitute Text, Launch a Program, Open a Document, Navigate to an Internet Site, Send E-Mail, Open a Folder, and Scripting. You specify your ActiveWords using quick, easy commands, and then associate the words with one of the seven tasks via simple wizards. It lets you create easy-to-remember shortcuts that do what you need most often: Type "addy," for example, and have ActiveWords fill in your entire address. Or launch a program by typing its initials. Open a Web site with a word you're typing anyway; a dictionary site, for example.

ActiveWords' main interface is a thin toolbar that appears at the top of your desktop and looks like part of a maximized application. A Menu and basic icons flank a display that shows text as it's typed. Clicking the ActiveWords symbol on the right-hand side calls up a dialog for selecting basic ActiveWord commands such as add, help, find, and weather (which fetches weather information) as well as editing and customizing the choices. We began with the video tutorial, which is brief and does an excellent job of walking new users through each function. We typed "add," hit the space bar twice, and the Add ActiveWords wizard opened. We selected Open a Document, browsed to a file, selected it, labeled the action, created a four-letter ActiveWord, deselected the Confirmation Flag (since the "word" was an abbreviation, not standard English) and created an active word, which launched the silly GIF animation we'd selected when we typed it and hit the spacebar: pretty neat. It'll be well worth your time to create ActiveWords for your name, address, and groups of email addresses, and for launching programs you often use but don't want on the Start menu. Whatever it is you want to do quicker, ActiveWords can make it so.

The freeware version is limited to 30 ActiveWords, which is probably more than most users need anyway. Power users can get the commercial version, which handles more like 20,000 ActiveWords.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Great functionality but . . ."

June 11, 2015  |  By chaskier

2015-06-11 05:47:10  |  By chaskier

 |  Version: ActiveWords 2.0

Pros

I have been using this program for years and find it is very helpful and a real time saver.

Cons

When I log into my office server using Citrix, ActiveWords apparently triggers the launch of a program called "Sticky Keys" which prevents the use of the computer (mouse clicks constantly without input), rendering the computer unusable. The only fix is to turn off ActiveWords.

Summary

If the Sticky Keys problem is fixed, I will be back. I hate to lose all of the macros I have saved in ActiveWords. Its amazing how one drawback can destroy all of the positive aspects of an otherwise outstanding program.

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5 stars

"Should Come With Windows..."

May 18, 2015  |  By BearPuppy

2015-05-18 05:31:17  |  By BearPuppy

 |  Version: ActiveWords 2.0

Pros

On its most basic level it allows you to substitute any text, phrase, sentence, or action for a few character trigger. At its most advanced level you can launch applications, perform tasks, or do just about anything on your computer to be triggered by that few character trigger. This type of software should come with Windows.

Cons

None that I've found so far.

Summary

A rare find: software that says what it will do - and then does it!

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5 stars

"Been using it to save time in reports forever"

September 12, 2014  |  By condobobe

2014-09-12 21:40:20  |  By condobobe

 |  Version: ActiveWords 2.0

Pros

The program has many uses to quicken opening of programs which I never got into much to be honest however if you need to shortcut common phrases and use it as a sophisticated auto correct it is absolutely amazing.Try it out as it is something worthwhile and the developer is great to communicate with.You can use a letter typed for instance to paste an entire paragraph in a split second if you wish and if doing repetitive communication this is your friend.It works in all places you can type.

Cons

None really other than making sure to turn it off when going from business to social communication.Example I might use "me" as a short cut for "meta"l in professional reports then have it pop up as I instant message someone referring to myself by accident as Metal...LOL
Second comment is they need better marketing for such amazing software.

Summary

Great for pro use to short cut your time .In other words an amazing business tool that is totally relevant and should be more well known.

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5 stars

"Have had for 8 years...love it."

February 12, 2014  |  By imanjabahia

2014-02-12 13:09:25  |  By imanjabahia

 |  Version: ActiveWords 2.0

Pros

* pull up documents with a quick double click and a few letters. That's basically all I use it for. Use the first 5 letters of my documents.

Cons

* seems to slow my computer when I boot up.

Summary

Can't believe this is not standard on all machines.

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1 stars

"Worthless - Don't waste your time trying to install it."

June 03, 2013  |  By 122church

2013-06-03 15:51:08  |  By 122church

 |  Version: ActiveWords 2.0

Pros

None that I had a chance to see.

Cons

Used CNET's downloader and downloaded directly from site. Program would not install in either case.

Summary

Now I need to find a new

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5 stars

"Love it! Windows should come with this by default."

June 28, 2012  |  By DavidJaworski

2012-06-28 22:43:09  |  By DavidJaworski

 |  Version: ActiveWords 2.0

Pros

Always available. Easy to use. Powerful if you want to tap its scripting capabilities. I started using ActiveWords many versions ago and used it to expand common words, then phrases, and soon entire responses to common email questions. This is the first piece of software I put on any new PC. I now use it for simple text expansion as well as macros to grab names and start an email response that is already personalized. The support is great. I love it!

Cons

It is not available on the Mac. I use TextExpander by Smile software on the Mac. I wish it could do everything that ActiveWOrds does on my PC.

Summary

Dive in. Start with words. Then phrases. And soon sentences, entire messages and scripting will be flowing. Other similar programs (free and paid) fall far short of what ActiveWords delivers for me. I have tried them all. Thank you for creating such a great product!

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3 stars

"Not a bad little program"

October 22, 2010  |  By d18m58

2010-10-22 03:50:39  |  By d18m58

 |  Version: ActiveWords 1.95

Pros

Easy to load up and run. Certainly does what it says it should do. It is also easy to customize.

Cons

Still have to use a mouse to access the dialog box.

Summary

This is a nice little program, but as far as executing programs and navigating to web pages, it does nothing more than a desktop shortcut icon or quicklaunch icon (which only needs one click). For those who prefer to use the keyboard this program will be quite handy. The text replacement works well and is quite handy.

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5 stars

"The essential general purpose program on my computer"

October 19, 2010  |  By schwaber

2010-10-19 12:03:29  |  By schwaber

 |  Version: ActiveWords 1.95

Pros

I use this program perhaps 50-100 times a day. One of its most useful features is navigating to a website with only a couple of keystrokes. Simply put, I could not use my computer without it, it makes almost everything easier and quicker.

Cons

Absolutely none. I have use it for years (maybe 8-10 at least) and there is NO negative, no downside to the program.

Summary

This is easy: It makes everything I do on my computers simpler, easier and faster. This program has a "wow factor" of 10! I have no connection with the company other than as a satisfied user, and I highly recommend the program to any and all. And did I mention customer service? Best in the industry.

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4 stars

"Since the early days WordPerfect 3.1 . . ."

October 18, 2010  |  By vanderand20

2010-10-18 22:16:27  |  By vanderand20

 |  Version: ActiveWords 1.95

Pros

Makes it easier to work on your laptop without having to worry about having a separate mouse or using the small little ball on you laptop.

Cons

I didn't really think there were any.

Summary

Since the early days WordPerfect 3.1 . . .I haven't been able to keep my hands on the keyboard as much as now, and I love it!!

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5 stars

"One of the first programs I install on a new PC"

October 15, 2010  |  By rblaiklock

2010-10-15 17:59:58  |  By rblaiklock

 |  Version: ActiveWords 1.95

Pros

a great program to keep your hands on the keyboard and off the mouse, sits quietly in the background until called for

Cons

I would like to see support for Win 7 GUI/Aero

Summary

I've been using Activewords for 6 trouble-free years and it's never let me down. It sits quietly in the background until I activate it with a simple keystroke. Customer support is great, and the developers are consistently adding support for new programs.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.0
Version 3.0 includes cloud sync of your ActiveWords between computers, automatic updates, Windows 10 support, importing, and many more improvements. New annual license assures you always have the latest updates and includes installation on all the computers you use for personal use as the customer.
General
Publisher ActiveWord Systems
Publisher web site http://www.activewords.com/
Release Date September 26, 2015
Date Added September 28, 2015
Version 3.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Automation Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 17.81MB
File Name ActiveWords.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,730
Downloads Last Week 3
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 60-day trial
Price $30

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