How can I add groups to TextExpander?

Maia Olson General, Support desktop, mobile

Add a new group:

  1. Desktop: Click the Add Groups “+” button in the menu bar of the TextExpander window. Mobile: Tap the “+” at the bottom of the Groups list. Web: Click the Add Groups “+” button at the top of the Groups list, then choose Add Group.

Add a group from a file:

TextExpander can import comma-separated (CSV) files and TextExpander group files (TEXTEXPANDER) via Keep in mind these TEXTEXPANDER files need to be individual snippet group files, not a multi-group file which is usually a TEXTEXPANDERSETTINGS file type. TextExpander for Mac can additionally import tab-separated (TSV) files and plain text files (TXT). TextExpander for Mac can also open TEXTEXPANDERSETTINGS files.

Import via

  1. Sign in to, click your account name in the upper right and choose My Account.
  2. Click on the Import/Export tab, then use the Import section to select a file to import, either CSV or TEXTEXPANDER. See also How To Import / Export Groups on

Import via TextExpander for Mac:

  1. Open the TextExpander window and click the “+” in the lower left corner.
  2. Choose “Add group from file” then locate and select the file.

Add a group from another app:

See Can I import my snippets and abbreviations from another text expansion software program?

Add a predefined snippet group:

TextExpander offers many ready-made snippet groups which you can find, and add to your library, on the Public Groups page. To add a group:

  1. Visit Public Groups, or from the app,
    • Choose File > Add Public Group from the menubar or
    • Sign in to and click the Add Group “+” plus button at the top of the Groups list, then choose Public Groups.
  2. Locate a group you’d like to add from the page, then click on Subscribe.
  3. The next screen will show the Subscribe screen for that group. Click Subscribe to Group. If you aren’t signed in to, you will be asked to do so first.

The group is added to your library and ready to use. It is not editable, though you may duplicate the group and edit the contents of the copy.

Anyone may choose to publish a group on this page, and any TextExpander user may use those groups.