PhraseExpress Text Expander

PhraseExpress Text Expander

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 160 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.5.38
  • Total Downloads:
    369,593
  • Date Added:
    November 10, 2014
  • File Size:
    13.45MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    188
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Review

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PhraseExpress allows you to create many different types of macros to automate various tasks on your computer. While you may barely notice this program running in the background at times, it will quickly make your life much easier and can significantly reduce your total keystrokes each day.

Pros

Demonstration Macros: There are quite a few different Demonstration Macros included in this program that can give you an idea of what the app is capable of. Options include Date and Time, Data Picker, Multiple Choice Text, Mouse Cursor Control, Keyboard Layout Switching, and Automatic Email Creation.

Basic interface: As soon as you install and open this app, it begins running in the background and is accessible from the toolbar in the lower right-hand corner of your screen. Clicking the icon brings up a straightforward menu, with some options that expand to show other, more detailed menus. There are no bells and whistles to be found here, but the streamlined design is efficient and effective.

Cons

Learning curve: This app offers tons of functionality, but it can take some time to learn all of the ins and outs. This isn't the type of program you can just install and begin to use right away, but the effort you put in to learn how to use all of its features will be worth it in the end.

Bottom Line

PhraseExpress is a versatile and efficient program that can help you ease all types of repetitive tasks. It's completely free, and although it may take some getting used to, especially for novice users, the benefits are worth the effort in the end.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Masterpiece!"

October 26, 2014  |  By Jitfinger

 |  Version: PhraseExpress Text Expander 10.5.35

Pros

This program is simply the best text expander you could find for Windows. Every detail, every aspect of this gem is crafted so well. Can be tricky in the beginning but there are nice tutorial videos for most features. Typical German engineering.

Cons

Has a learning curve if you dig into it. It is compatible with TextExpander (Mac) but I would prefer a Mac version of PhraseExpress. Miss a version for iOS, too. They only come up with a version for Android.

Summary

I tried several such typing programs and Phrase Express won in almost any aspect.

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4 stars

"Good for windows 7 less so for windows 8"

September 04, 2014

 |  Version: PhraseExpress Text Expander 10.5.16

Pros

Use this for entering lots of quick keys so e.g. type ra for
Regards

Alex

Cons

On Windows 8 when entering in a web form or various other pieces of software and tabbing to trigger will put the phrase in the box below the one you want it entered.

Summary

Good on windows 7 needs above bug fixed on windows 8.

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5 stars

"One of the best product I've seen"

August 23, 2014  |  By phbk

 |  Version: PhraseExpress Text Expander 10.5.16

Pros

Ease of use
Possibillities
Spelling correction (can even import from Word and Outlook)
Advanced features like multiple variables, yet easy to use
if-then-else option

Cons

None so far.
Many Things I didn't thought was possible, could be found in their forum.

Summary

I liked this product right after it was installed.
Only after about 5-10 minutes, i knew I woudn't uninstall this great Tool.
I was amazed over the auto-text, with variables, option to make a 'Dear [name]' (you enter name in a popup menu, or leave it with a default like 'Customer')
Theres a option to open a calendar for dates, and much much more.
I can only advice you to Watch the videoes to show some of the powers in this Tool. It does so much more.
If you use lots of standard text but to different people, this program make sure you don't accidentally send out a mail from a text template, so receiver get's a ie. 'It will be delivered at [date] to your address' this program can be programmed to make you select a date from a calendar.

PhraseExpress is now one of my standard programs to start up with Windows, and to stay with me forever.
Now I have tried it, i have purchased it, and coudn't live without it.
This is defently one program to try out.
You are able to try it out for a month, and even keep ity for free, if you are not going to use any advanced features.

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5 stars

"PhraseExpress is a gamechanger"

August 15, 2014

 |  Version: PhraseExpress Text Expander 10.5.8

Pros

Powerful, versatile, the more I use it the more I think of better ways to use.
The popup date selector is especially great if you frequently enter dates, and who doesn't, especially in Ecel.
Easy to install, no nags, runs smoothly in background, light on system resources.
Strong, quick to respond to support forum.

Cons

Takes a bit to learn, slightly kludge interface but very well worth it.

Summary

Great program, thank you!
Much better than Autohotkey.

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1 stars

"Many people are complaining it doesn't work"

March 14, 2014  |  By Digidreams99

 |  Version: PhraseExpress 10.1.23

Pros

Potential very handy

Cons

Stops working all of a sudden, VERY regularly

Summary

This software is very erratic and stops working all of a sudden every few minutes. I have been trying to get it working on and off for over a year now. I've tried it on different PCs, with different operating systems and it's always the same issue.

The PhraseExpress forums are full of complaints about other people suffering the same issues.

However, bizarrely, the makers of the software are ruthless in deleting any commentary about the software that is to do with it being buggy. So the complaints and discussions about the software being buggy and erratic are removed after a few minutes or hours. My own posts were always censored too, where I asked for advice on getting the software working. I've never seen such ruthless and obsessive censorship take place on a single other forums I've used over the years!

Terrible customer service as well - Bartels Media never reply to emails.

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4 stars

"Saves time"

March 03, 2014  |  By ChuckT

 |  Version: PhraseExpress 10.1.4

Pros

Easy keystroke macros

Cons

Very slight complaint. When installing over an existing install, I need to manually stop running the old, before I can install the new.

Summary

Get it. Got it? Good!

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5 stars

"Great time saver"

February 12, 2014  |  By franklyray

 |  Version: PhraseExpress 10.1.1

Pros

Easy to use for repetitive email addresses and web sites. Often use the clipboard function for as many as a dozen temporary clips in my history.

Cons

You have to practice to get the best out of the program, but you will be rewarded.

Summary

Use cnet updater to keep the latest version active.

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5 stars

"For retired and novice"

February 03, 2014  |  By franklyray

 |  Version: PhraseExpress 10.0.135

Pros

My memory on line

Cons

Better integration with Android apps

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5 stars

"Fantastic product, saves time and improves accuracy"

January 24, 2014  |  By hilaryc01

 |  Version: PhraseExpress 10.0.135

Pros

Great that it works across all platforms, I use it all the time, particularly in Word and emails. I've found it much more user friendly than autocorrect in Word. Also, as an editor it's a great tool for improving accuracy and consistency (e.g. I put in the names of all the organisations I work with, so I can be confident I have the correct spelling, caps and hyphenation).
I include a section on PhraseExpress when I'm running courses on working efficiently with Word, it's a really valuable tool for editors.

Cons

Make the interface a bit more user friend

Summary

It's a fantastic product, use it!

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5 stars

"An absolute necessity for writers."

January 14, 2014  |  By clpix

 |  Version: PhraseExpress 10.0.133

Pros

Version 10 is feature-rich, highly adaptable, and, in my opinion, an essential fiction writer's tool.

Cons

I can't think of a negative.

Summary

Do yourself a favor and buy a copy of PhraseExpress version 10. This software has seriously evolved over the years. I have the Professional Version, which is in between Free and Enterprise. Just for the Floating Phrase Menu (you have to experience it to believe how handy this feature is) and MS Word-formatted Phrases (I write in Word), it is well worth the price of admission. I no longer use the archaic Microsoft program Outlook, so I have no need for the Enterprise version.

Everything about PhraseExpress is designed to make your keyboard life efficient, productive, and time-saving.

I am a fiction writer. All my character names are assigned a two-key shortcut. ALT-S reveals Suzanna faster than you can blink; ALT-C gives me Christopher, etc. On a Phrase Menu, which floats on the side of my screen above Word and beyond my right margin, myriad other time savers are instantly available: words and phrases; punctuation (an em dash, for example); and navigation phrases (which I use for Word's Navigation Pane). Finally, to have the last twenty items you've saved to your Clipboard always available is a boon to any writer.

PhraesExpress' customer support is outstanding, although, you do need a license to participate.

An ingenious test-replacement app. Highly recommended!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 10.5.38
Version 10.5.38 adds new macro functions and improved form support.
General
Publisher Bartels Media
Publisher web site http://www.bartelsmedia.com
Release Date November 10, 2014
Date Added November 10, 2014
Version 10.5.38
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Automation Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 13.45MB
File Name PhraseExpressSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 369,593
Downloads Last Week 188
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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