ActiveWords

ActiveWords


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 14 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0
File Size:
21.66MB
Date Added:
June 25, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
5,514
Downloads Last Week:
2
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current Version:

    3.7

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5 stars

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

    February 12, 2014   |   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

    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

    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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