PhraseExpress

PhraseExpress

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 159 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
9.0.168
File Size:
13.43MB
Date Added:
February 12, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
366,446
Downloads Last Week:
128
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    4.0

    out of 159 votes

    • 5 star: 82
    • 4 star: 40
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 16
  • Current Version:

    3.0

    out of 1 votes

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