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TextExpander for Mac

CNET Editors' review

A handy, little utility, Text Expander for Mac lets you configure keyboard shortcuts that automatically expand into larger snippets of text as you type.

We installed the program without hassle, and when we ran it for the first time were presented with a basic tutorial, which got us working with the app quickly. Text Expander for Mac comes with several built-in "snippets," as they are called, for frequently typed bits of text, like e-mail and snail mail addresses, phone numbers, or the time and date. Snippets are highly configurable. We created a form letter that, when activated, launches a little dialog box with a blank field for the name. We typed in the name, hit "OK," and then the full text of the letter appeared in Word. We were able to generate a TinyURL on the fly, simply by copying a link to the clipboard and then typing "/tinyurl" in our document. The program then used a script to create the TinyURL at the Web site, and then pasted it directly where we typed. The possibilities seem limitless with what Text Expander for Mac can take on. The app offers a backup function for all your snippets, and a feature that allows for syncing with other computers and even iOS devices, as well.

Text Expander for Mac, quite simply, seems to be one of the cooler and more original apps available. Anyone who finds themselves doing a lot of repetitive typing would do well to give the fully-functional demo a try.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of TextExpander for Mac 4.0.4.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very disappointed with this product."

    April 20, 2013  |   By commish19

    Version: TextExpander 4.0.4

    Pros

    Works well when activated.

    Cons

    Very disappointed with this product. For whatever reason, I have to access the original download every time to make it work on my Mac whenever I need it, as it doesn't register as a permanent application. Works well when downloaded each time- just can't get it to sit permanently in my apps folder!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love this handy app"

    January 1, 2012  |   By dudemanla

    Version: TextExpander 3.4

    Pros

    It saves me so much time. Just get it. You'll be glad you did.

    Cons

    None that I see.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wow this utility solves issues I didn't even know I had"

    June 21, 2011  |   By gakendrick

    Version: TextExpander 3.3.0.1

    Pros

    easy to use, works as promised

    Cons

    None that I think of

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Incredibly useful!"

    December 16, 2010  |   By OJB

    Version: TextExpander 3.2.2

    Pros

    Works everywhere, very flexible, very reliable.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Summary

    I use TextExpander shortcuts so much that when I go to another Mac without it installed I find myself using the shortcuts and nothing happens! I disable similar functions in every other programs and just let TextExpander do it all. Brilliant!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Preference Pane vs. Application"

    July 23, 2010  |   By ssent1

    Version: TextExpander 3.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    The good folks at SmileOnMyMac suggest that turning this utility into an application is a good thing. I beg to differ. Utilities that quietly do their thing unobtrusively in the background as Preference Panes are better.

    Since, I could do everything that the new version offers better in version 2.x, I've happily reverted back to 2.x.

    My vote is for Preference Pane.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "B A D !"

    March 10, 2010  |   By Brass Hammer

    Version: TextExpander 3.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Just found out this program only works with Snow Leopard! Nice work guys! You just eliminated a huge part of your market! Intel Users Only!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Killerapp!!!"

    March 10, 2010  |   By WimDS

    Version: TextExpander 3.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is, beside 1Password, my main app on my Mac!

    This is one of the best Macapps.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "This thing is awful."

    February 1, 2010  |   By Brass Hammer

    Version: TextExpander 2.8.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is a great idea poorly implemented. I type in the shortcut and sometimes it won't work. When it does work it sometimes causes the cursor to jump to a completely different page, etc. Further, it interfere with MacSpeech. This is a great idea gone bad, and the developer appears lost on how to fix it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I really wish this worked"

    November 17, 2009  |   By Brass Hammer

    Version: TextExpander 2.7.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is a great idea poorly implemented. The big problem I am having now is that TextExpander doesn't always run. I then have to go into the preferences and "stop" it, and "restart" it. If this did what it is meant to do, it would be great.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works very well"

    April 30, 2009  |   By m57

    Version: TextExpander 2.6.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I was a longtime user of TypeIt4Me, the first Mac app that did this sort of thing. TypeIt4Me is really the granddaddy of these sorts of apps, but unfortunately, like a grandaddy it has sort of gotten a little slow and outdated. I switched to TextExpander because of expansion issues with TypeIt4Me, issues that I brought to the developers attention and he could not fix. Basically it couldn't keep up with me when I was typing fast and would expand words in the wrong place. I have only used TextExpander for a week, but I have not once had the same issue. Also, I have found the user interface more intuitive. TypeIt4Me is still a great product, so it is worth checking out if you are in the market for this kind of utility, but for now I have happily made the switch and would recommend TextExpander.

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