PhraseExpress

PhraseExpress

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 156 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:
365,922
Downloads Last Week:
1,359
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 156 votes

    • 5 star: 80
    • 4 star: 39
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 16
  • Current Version:

    3.0

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    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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    "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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