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Welcome to another installment of TextExpander Stories. This is an ongoing series where we talk to interesting folks who want to share how they use TextExpander in their particular field, how it\u2019s impacted their work, and maybe even some unique tips on how they do what they do.

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What do you do for a living?

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My passion is helping lawyers understand and utilize technology effectively in their practice. I do a lot of presentations, speaking, coaching, training, consulting, and writing. One of my niches is supporting Mac-based lawyers so I author the Macs in Law blog. I also post short video reviews at Apps in Law as well as hosting a podcast there.

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And how about what you do for fun?

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Spending time with my wife and two kids \u2013 walking, jogging, cooking, vacationing, gaming, YouTubing, chasing down the dog, playing the nose whistle, you name it. I also listen to a lot of music.

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What are some of the challenges in your line of work that TextExpander has helped you address?

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Time is literally money for legal professionals. So anything that saves even a tiny bit of time means they are being more efficient and productive. I use TextExpander (just used \u201cttx\u201d for typing \u201cTextExpander\u201d) for things that I type constantly throughout the day. And since I use TextExpander throughout the day, every day, that enables me to help my legal clients take full advantage of TextExpander in their practice and ensure they know all the tips and tricks.

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If you can remember, think back to your work B.T.E. – Before TextExpander. What were those dark times like?

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I worked longer hours and my fingers would bleed at the end of the day. I cannot overemphasize the happiness in my heart every time I hear that little bubble popping sound signaling that TextExpander has given me back some of my day (or night).

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Do you remember how you discovered TextExpander?

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Well, I\u2019m a bit of a techie-nerd so I know I saw many mentions of TextExpander from all different places. The earliest receipt I can find is from 2009 for version 2, but I know I was using TextExpander several years before that.

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If you could pick one thing, what would you most like to see improved or added to TextExpander?

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Legal professionals work in Microsoft Word a LOT so having \u201cformatted text\u201d snippets work perfectly with Word’s formatting would be a plus, since I believe that Word modifies the formatting (plain text snippets work just fine). Beyond that, I just need a snippet that can make coffee and bring it to me at my desk (cream & sugar please with a piece of chocolate).

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Editor’s Note: You can craft the content of a snippet in Word, and then copy/paste that into your snippet, that will help keep formatting the same in both places.

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Could you share a couple snippets that are specific to your industry?

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We use a few weird symbols in law so I\u2019ve created a folder in TextExpander for all the ones I use. They all start with a forward slash (/) and then a short descriptor for the symbol that makes sense to me.

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For example, to type a section symbol, I type \u201c/sec\u201d and it expands out to \u00a7.

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Similarly, I use
\n– \u201c/ssec\u201d for \u00a7\u00a7
\n– \u201c/para\u201d for \u00b6
\n– \u201c/def\u201d for \u0394
\n– \u201c/pla\u201d for \u03a0
\n– \u201c/copy\u201d for \u00a9
\n– \u201c/dag\u201d for \u2020

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I even created symbols for things like \u201c/cent\u201d for \u00a2 (who uses this anymore?) and the all-important \u201c/apple\u201d for \uf8ff.

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There are certainly other ways to type these symbols, but I use TextExpander because it expands the snippet into whatever application I\u2019m using at the time (Mail, Outlook, Word, Acrobat, PowerPoint, etc.).

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I don\u2019t personally have long, extended snippets, save for some emails that I write regularly. I keep my snippets fairly short. But I work with a lot of attorneys where we set up extended paragraphs and documents that they use TextExpander to create.

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Can you share a couple of your TextExpander stats?

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In my line of work, I jump around to different computers (Windows & Macs) so my stats are a bit piecemeal.

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But at the moment, I have expanded 18,065 snippets and saved my poor, bloody fingers from typing 682,459 characters. That totals 28.44 hours of my life that I owe to TextExpander.

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You may not be able to see me, but I\u2019m giving my computer a happy hug right now.

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What\u2019s better than an app that speeds your communication and saves you from embarrassing typos? One which does so while staying out of your face. TextExpander for Mac can do just that, quietly helping from the background so you don\u2019t have to see it if you don\u2019t want to.

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The TextExpander app waits for the right trigger to instantly expand your text snippets. On the Mac, by default, this means it appears in the Dock and the app switcher, like any app, and has a Menu Bar icon for fast access. But if you\u2019re the type who likes to customize your workspace, we\u2019re happy to say TextExpander is happy to oblige. You can set whether or not TextExpander appears in any of those places.

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If you open TextExpander and go to Preferences > Appearance, there are two toggles to control:

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By all means, you can leave both the Dock and menu bar icons visible. But you can also disable one or both. If you try the latter, it means TextExpander will run both quietly and completely hidden in the background.

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However, note that, if you want to hide both icons, we highly recommend you memorize the hotkey which triggers a snippet search (Command+/) and set a keyboard shortcut to show the TextExpander app window. This will allow you to get back to TextExpander\u2019s app controls and preferences.

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We should also mention that TextExpander for Windows runs loyally and quietly from the System Tray. This makes it easy to reach a number of features and preferences without slowing you down.

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We wanted to give you the flexibility to use TextExpander in the way you see fit. Let us know what you think on our TextExpander support page, on Twitter @TextExpander, and LinkedIn.

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Photo Courtesy: Women of Color in Tech Chat

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The average recruiter loses an entire day each week to administrative tasks according to a study by Cornerstone OnDemand. Manual data entry and repetitive admin tasks were listed by 63% of recruiters as their \u2018worst nightmare\u2019.

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Using TextExpander is a simple way to end the nightmare and automate the most common bits of text you send each day. This handy public group of snippets is a great starter-kit for gaining back valuable time in your workday.

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Head over to our Public Groups page and subscribe to the Recruiting Snippets Simplified group. Type the super short abbreviation and voil\u00e0, text magically appears.

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For example:

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abbreviation – ;rr
\ncontent – [Resume Received] Thank you for your interest in our open position

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abbreviation – ;hm1
\ncontent – Have you had a chance to review the resumes I shared?

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abbreviation – ;ao
\ncontent – Please apply online at our Careers site at www.site.com/jobs.

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Find these easy-peasy one-liners in the shared group, Recruiting Snippets Simplified.

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One way to save time with TextExpander snippets is with a good abbreviation system\u2014type a couple letters and boom, your text cup overfloweth. Another way to call upon your snippets on macOS and Windows is with a quick search, which can be immensely useful to new TextExpander users and those with large snippet libraries.

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TextExpander has a small, handy search feature that you can trigger anywhere you type. With it, you can instantly search your entire snippet library, use arrow keys to browse results, then press Return to place the selected snippet into your current app.

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To call upon TextExpander Search on your Mac or PC, the default shortcuts are:

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Naturally, you can change those shortcuts in TextExpander\u2019s settings to something that fits your style.

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Check it out in our video on searching your snippets.

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Winning the hearts and minds of the TextExpander Team is Trello, this week’s App We Love. When it comes to managing tasks, Trello is a uniquely clever, flexible option for yourself, your team, or your entire company.

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Instead of the typical folders, lists, and tasks found in many popular todo apps, Trello goes a different route with boards and lists, on which you create cards for tasks. Based on the kanban method of visualizing work, organizing tasks in Trello is akin to pinning and moving notecards on a white board in the office. It\u2019s a flexible, more visual way to plan and reschedule tasks. We hear it\u2019s common for teams to create at least three core lists for Doing (tasks this week), Upcoming (tasks in the next month or so), and Icebox (tasks that need further discussion), in addition to other lists and boards where it makes sense.

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You can add team members to boards, assign cards to them, comment on cards to keep conversations with their tasks, attach files and links, get things done on-the-go with Trello\u2019s mobile apps, and more. Things really get wild, though, when you dig into Trello\u2019s integrations. This is the ever-expanding list of apps that can do some pretty powerful stuff with Trello. You can:

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We use Trello for various things at TextExpander, most apropos to this post, managing a content calendar and ideas for our blog, Twitter\ufffc, and LinkedIn. If you\u2019ve been looking for a way to get you or your team organized, Trello is a great option to explore.

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Let us know what you think about our Apps We Love series, or if you have thoughts or questions about TextExpander. You can catch us at our TextExpander support page, on Twitter @TextExpander, and LinkedIn.

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Photo: Women of Color In Tech Chat

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With countless tools on the market, it\u2019s no surprise that 91% of recruiters use some form of recruitment technology or software. TextExpander is a productivity multiplier which eliminates the need to type things over and over.

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Using TextExpander snippets, or preset chunks of text, recruiters can automate the most predictable aspects of their workflow and save considerable time on administrative tasks.

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Here are five commonly used emails-turned-snippets that will save you keystrokes and allow you to focus on the tasks that can\u2019t be automated – spending face time with candidates, managers, and teammates.

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Snippet 1: Strategy Session Notes

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Kick off the intake meeting or strategy session equipped with both questions and insights for the hiring manager.

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Use this formatted text snippet to remind you of key pieces of information that you want to capture and share during the meeting. The clean table makes it easy to skim at-a-glance.

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Label: Strategy Session
\nAbbreviation: xss
\nContent: 5 Must Have Snippets for Recruiters

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\"Preview

Snippet 1 – Strategy Session

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Snippet 2: Phone Screening

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While no two positions will need the exact same screening, this plain text snippet can serve as a baseline for your calls. Customize the snippet using the \u201cmust haves\u201d captured during the strategy session for maximum effect.

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Label: Phone Screening
\nAbbreviation: xps
\nContent: 5 Must Have Snippets for Recruiters

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Snippet 2 – Phone Screening

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Using a simple 3 character shortcut “xps” populates this Evernote file with screening questions.

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Use TextExpander within your favorite note-taking tool like WordPad or Notes. For more on optimizing TextExpander with the apps you love, check out our #CrossOver series.

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Snippet 3: Next Steps

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Always an exciting message to send, use this plain text snippet to share the good news and also prepare the candidate for what is to come.

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Label: Next Steps
\nAbbreviation: xns
\nContent: 5 Must Have Snippets for Recruiters

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\"Preview

Snippet 3 – Next Steps

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Snippet 4: Rejection

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Rejecting a candidate is never easy, but best-in-class recruiters are committed to closing the loop. Use this fill-in snippet to update the candidate that you won\u2019t be moving forward after a phone screening.

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Label: Rejection
\nAbbreviation: xrj
\nContent: 5 Must Have Snippets for Recruiters
\nSource: Adapted from an original email by Tessa Wilder

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\"Preview

Snippet 4 – Rejection Email

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Snippet 5: Weekly Update to Hiring Managers

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Keeping a cadence of proactive communication makes building trust with your hiring managers easier. Use this formatted text snippet for a weekly or bi-weekly update to the teams you support.

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Label: Weekly Update
\nAbbreviation: xwu
\nContent: 5 Must Have Snippets for Recruiters

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\"Preview

Snippet 5 – Weekly update

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Keep Creating

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Why stop with five? Continue creating snippets for common communications in your recruiting process. Happy expanding!

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Access this public group of must-have snippets at http://bit.ly/recruiting-snippets

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For more great tips and tricks, like us on Facebook and join us on LinkedIn.

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\"Register\"

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Did you know the average employee spends 28% of their day answering emails? Let us help you get through your inbox faster.

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Register for a free webinar, “How to Crush Email with SaneBox & TextExpander” followed by a Q&A to answer all your questions. You’ll learn:

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Join us Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 10am PDT / 12pm CDT.

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Watch the webinar to get valuable information on email management, on using SaneBox to get to inbox zero, and on using TextExpander for rapid email responses. Stick around to receive your gift for watching and a link to the recording afterward.

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Key to becoming a TextExpander champion is having a healthy arsenal of quick-to-use snippets for all the things you repeatedly type or share with other people. We may not award trophies for such an achievement (yet?). But we can give you tips on how to turn your tedious typing workflows into TextExpander snippets you can trigger with just a couple keystrokes.

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Where

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TextExpander has several workflow-friendly tools for creating snippets, depending on your current device.

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Mac – Menu bar item in the top right

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TextExpander for Mac has a menu bar item in the upper right, next to your clock, Spotlight, and other icons. Click it once and you\u2019ll see snippet creation options, which we\u2019ll explore below.

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Windows – System Tray in the lower right

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TextExpander for Windows has a system tray icon in the lower right, next to your clock and other items. Click it and you\u2019ll see snippet creation options which we\u2019ll explore below.

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How

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Now that you know how to find these shortcuts, here are some tips for getting the most out of them.

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Create New Snippet

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This option is pretty straightforward. It opens TextExpander directly to a blank new snippet slate, ready for you to craft your next time-saving snippet.

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Create New Snippet from Clipboard

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This option can save you a little extra time. It opens TextExpander, creates a new snippet, then automatically pastes the contents of your clipboard.

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Edit Last Expanded Snippet

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This is a great, fast way to update existing snippets. You can expand a snippet, then use this shortcut to quickly open TextExpander directly to that snippet and update it. We recommend making this feature a habit, as it\u2019s a good way to keep your content fresh and up-to-date.

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Turbocharge your snippet creating workflow with keyboard shortcuts

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Mousing and clicking icons is cool and all. Know what\u2019s cooler? Using shortcuts to create new snippets so your fingers never have to leave the keyboard.

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If you open TextExpander, then go to Preferences -> Hotkeys, you can set your own shortcuts for using the commands we just explored.

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In practice, this means you can use standard OS shortcuts to select and copy a few lines of text, then use (for example) Command + Control + T to turn it into a fresh new TextExpander snippet. Like this:

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For keyboard shortcut fans, this is a powerful and fast way to streamline your typing and snippet workflows.

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Snippet all the things

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We hope these tips help you work smarter and faster, instead of harder. But we\u2019d love to hear what you think on our TextExpander support page, on Twitter @TextExpander, and LinkedIn.

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\"Webinar\" We at TextExpander find that work is busy enough, without the work of work getting in the way. You know what we mean, the little things, the pieces of the to-do list you have to get through to get to the job.

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Attorneys, paralegals and other office staff have so much to do, why not be more efficient about it. From streamlining communication with prospective clients to ongoing communication with current ones, there’s a lot of repetition you can simplify with TextExpander helping you repeat yourself, without all the retyping.

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Even creating documents, not by copy/pasting from a previous one but by starting with a nice clean outline, will help you speed up the creation process, not to mention the review process.

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We’ve partnered with GlobalMac IT, a leading IT firm dedicated to Mac-based law offices to show you what you need to know to get efficient practices in place using TextExpander.

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Join our live webinar as hosts Tom, Maia, and Brett cover:

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Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 Time: 11:00 am PDT (2:00 pm EDT / 1:00 pm CDT / 12:00 pm MDT)

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Register Today.

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\"Register\"

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\n Jens Lindner

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\n We here at Smile software are indie developers, which means we naturally use plenty of other apps from the community to get our work and play done. We’d like to share some of this app greatness with you in a new series called Apps We Love.\n

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\n Let’s start with Moom for Mac, from the fine folks at Many Tricks. It’s a clever app for automatically organizing and resizing your Mac’s windows. One click can move and resize two app windows to go split screen, or reposition five apps and windows for the way you work.\n

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\n \"Moom
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\n Moom can also set windows to specific sizes and places, which is quite useful for things like screencasting, customer support, and app screenshots. As you might expect, nearly all of this can be done by configurable keyboard shortcuts.\n

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\n Check out Moom for your Mac window management needs. Many Tricks has a free trial on their website.\n

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