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PhraseExpress Text Expander

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PhraseExpress AutoText combines autocomplete with macros in one versatile free tool that can type phrases, sentences, and other text automatically when the program detects certain keystrokes or manually via hot keys. Its AutoText feature lets you designate abbreviations for frequently used words and phrases such as your address. When you type the abbreviation, PhraseExpress automatically enters the expanded text.

The central access point for PhraseExpress is the program's system tray icon. Here we could open the settings page as well as enter new phrases, access the last used entry, and clear the clipboard cache. We opened the settings, which actually consists of two pages: a main page for managing phrases and folders and a more detailed page of options that we could access via the Tools menu. On this second page, we could configure everything from pop-up behavior to expert options such as delays and advanced text prediction settings. We could also choose audio files for system sounds, configure network proxy settings, and set paste and e-mail delivery methods.

But we wanted to know how PhraseExpress worked, so we clicked New Phrase and entered a description, phrase, and hot key choice in the main Settings page. Our first hot key choice was taken by another program, but our second was accepted. We opened Word and started typing, and then pressed our hot key. PhraseExpress typed the full phrase quickly. In this way, we were able to configure a variety of commonly used phrases and data fields, like home and work addresses, phone numbers, and disclaimers. The AutoText feature will be familiar to anyone who has used autocomplete, but PhraseExpress offers several useful options, including manual confirmation, delimiters, and expert options. A Web-based manual offered detailed instructions as well as tips. All in all, PhraseExpress proved quite a useful and capable tool, and one that we're likely not only to keep but also to use.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Saves hours daily."

    June 1, 2013  |   By pse859oh

    Version: PhraseExpress Text Expander 9.1.36

    Pros

    Mostly works just the way I want. A few keystrokes to a lot of "typing" for me.

    Cons

    Occasionally interrupts me with "Tab to complete" when I just type "I" or another abbrev.

    Summary

    I do not want to give it up!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Tool For Programming"

    May 30, 2013  |   By Zelah-Hutchinson

    Version: PhraseExpress Text Expander 9.1.36

    Pros

    Say you want to program in a language like Scheme and you would like a tool that adds in some of those pesky little parentheses. Look no further! Just set PhraseExpress to use "autotext" with the option "replace immediately". Then you may add the phrase "(let ((name value)) body)" with the autotext "(let)". Now you will be able to open Notepad and type the abbreviation "(let)" that expands to the phrase "(let ((name value)) body)" automatically as you type. The possibilities are literally endless and you can make good use of this in any language with your own special abbreviations and shortcuts!

    Cons

    There is nothing bad I can say.

    Summary

    I love this program!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Phrase Express is #1"

    April 30, 2013  |   By PARRISHNELSON

    Version: PhraseExpress Text Expander 9.1.36

    Pros

    PhraseExpress keeps your phrases ready to go. Just hit your chosen HotKeys! You could enter your email, dataliberator@heemail.com, with a single peck at the keypad. Or, use it to type foreign letters; for instance, [ALT + n] could produce the Espanol enyeh (n~); non-english letters can be produced on the keys by entering a code manually, but for more info you'll have to google up the subject, i.e. "alphabet codes" to make this gimmick work. Bartels Media's PhraseExpress stores your phrases for anytime use. It's a fairly straight-forward app, though not really minimalist.

    Cons

    Has more features than I'll ever use. And every so often (every other month) notifies me as to the number of words I type per minute (slow), and how much money it has saved me? Not being economically dependent on my typing skills, I seriously doubt the accuracy of the statement that "PhraseExpress has saved me $1.23 this year."
    Though, the features like 'auto-suggest,' and so on can be disabled in the menu so the program's seemingly random 'suggestions' disappear.

    Summary

    There are many distinctive or notable ways in which the operating system could be extended not worthy of the effort of developing commercially, that it's nice to find such a broad offering of freeware products here at CNet. The gap between the consumer expectation and the experience of computer ownership is so much more narrower than it would have been otherwise.
    I've used this program from for several years. Then I searched to replace it with something a little simpler; no disabled auto-suggest or macros or anything. But nothing I found and downloaded was a contender. PhraseExpress Portable is my current ****** shortcut.
    Download it and be happier.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It saves time typing."

    April 28, 2013  |   By lucid oldie

    Version: PhraseExpress Text Expander 9.1.36

    Pros

    It definitely saves you time when typing repetitive words or phrases. Can also open web pages. I haven't come close to exploiting the full potential of this program. It's free for home usage!

    Cons

    Sometimes has quirky behaviour (but the problem may be just me or MS Word) but overall it's okay!

    Summary

    Well worth the cost if you do repetitive typing.

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