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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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2 stars

"Don't believe the 5 star reviews. They're fake!!"

November 11, 2012  |  By simontraps

 |  Version: PhraseExpress 8.0.156


Good when it doesn't fire a pop-up at you mid-operation.


This product used to be good, maybe 2-3 years ago, but then they introduced code that checks if you're using it for commercial use....which triggers a pop-up begging you for money (paid version). The problem is that even if you're not using it for commercial use, the bloody software still nags you every 7-8 events. If you contact support, they'll just redirect you to a *very* vague terms of use page: http://www.phraseexpress.com/freeware.htm. Rubbish.

Don't believe the 4 or 5 star reviews here. PhraseExpress are notorius for beefing up their ratings on sites like this and adding fake comments. They say it's freeware, but it's nagware (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagware).


Don't waste your time on this garbage.

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5 stars

"Great Product take it for a test drive"

November 09, 2012  |  By Kamal2013

 |  Version: PhraseExpress 8.0.156


This product is wonderful. It is autocorrect on steroids and it does an amazing job of saving you loads of time. Especially if your frequently in Instant Messages, where you make mistakes and this program comes along and just corrects it. Absolutely superb and to top it off, support is excellent too!


None - Love this program.

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1 stars

"Too intrusive"

November 05, 2012  |  By rjblakel

 |  Version: PhraseExpress 8.0.156


Good functionality


Way too intrusive with a silly pop-up that asks you to purchase the full product every 10-15 times the software is triggered. It goes from a GTD app to a barely-GTD app.

Sure you might get what you pay for (in the free version), but there are better free apps out there that don't solicit for payment so much.


Nice try, look elsewhere.

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4 stars

"Excellent software, great support!"

November 02, 2012  |  By keithlammers

 |  Version: PhraseExpress 8.0.156


Highly configurable, and a very responsive support team.


There's a bit of a learning curve, but again, the support team is very responsive, so they'll definitely help out where needed!


Updated on Nov 2, 2012

Changed to Easy Mode, and also noticed the online help docs. These make it easier to get everything setup correctly :)

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.0.156
Version 8.0.156 offers experimental/unofficial Windows 8 support.
Publisher Bartels Media
Publisher web site http://www.bartelsmedia.com
Release Date October 26, 2012
Date Added October 29, 2012
Version 8.0.156
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Automation Software
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Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 14.35MB
File Name PhraseExpressSetup.exe
Total Downloads 376,237
Downloads Last Week 121
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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