How to share groups publicly with Public Groups and public URLs

Join any number of ready-made (a.k.a. predefined) snippets by subscribing to any group in Public Groups.

Each group is published by an author, another TextExpander user. You can choose to share any of your snippet groups with the world by publishing them in Public Groups.

Subscribe to a Public Group:

  1. From Public Groups click on the subscribe link next to any group.
  2. From the following screen, click Subscribe to group. You will need to sign in first if you aren’t already.
  3. You’re done. Now you can view the group from your browser, or start using the group immediately from your app.

Publish a Group:

  1. From your account on TextExpander.com open the group you’d like to publish.
  2. Choose that group’s Sharing tab, scroll to the bottom and click Publish in Public Groups.
  3. Now fill in a few details about your group:
    • The group title
      Something short but informative. (e.g. “Autocorrect – Pacific marine mammal species”)
    • The author’s name
      Your name (e.g. “Alex Lee”)
    • The category
      What type of snippets are these? (e.g. Autocorrections vs Symbols vs General)
    • License
      Legalese on whether you have the right to publish this group, and how freely you want to share.
    • Description
      1–2 short clear sentences on what this group is good for. (e.g. “Autocorrecting Pacific marine mammal species names”)
  4. Submit your group for review. The TextExpander team will review your group and approve it for publishing, or reject it. If rejected, and the team doesn’t get in touch with you, reach out and see what changes need to be made for approval.

You may resubmit changes to your group details at any time. They will go through review before being published or rejected.

You may update the snippets in your group at any time.

Tips on good shared groups

Abbreviations
Think of abbreviations that are unlikely to interfere with other people’s pre-existing snippets. Adding a group prefix, for example, can help with that. A Markdown group might be prefixed with:

md.

and a group of popular URLs might be prefixed with:

//

Labels

A label is an optional part of a snippet, but is very handy for describing what a snippet is for, especially if the snippet is long. The label is also the part of the snippet which appears alongside the abbreviation when people view their snippet list.

Sharing with a Public URL

If you wish to share your group freely with a select audience, you may post the Public URL for your group on your website, or wherever you wish. Anyone who clicks the link can join your group, but you control how you choose to distribute that link.

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