Formatting in Snippets

Use rich text to create a link that can say whatever you want in place of seeing the URL.

To create a link in a snippet:

  1. Open or create a snippet and set the Content: menu to “Formatted text.” You will see another row of tools appear in the editing bar.
  2. Type out the text you would like to make into a link. This text can say anything, it does not need to be a URL.
  3. Select the link text, then choose the Make Link button in the editing bar. A popup will appear.
  1. Enter the full URL into the popup and choose OK.
  1. Give your snippet a Label to identify it.
  2. Add an Abbreviation, a few characters you can type to expand this snippet

Plain Text vs Rich Text

Remember that this is rich text, so you can expand the snippet in rich text emails, Word, Pages, and other word processors with all the formatting intact. If you expand this snippet in a plain text field, all the formatting will be stripped away. So, if you expand your snippet but can’t see your link, check the settings of the app you expand in to make sure the field is rich text.

  1. On a Mac this is typically in the Format > Make Plain/Rich Text menu.
  2. On Windows, for example, WordPad defaults to rich text, and Notepad defaults to plain text.

Matching your fonts

Since you have set your snippet to keep the formatting for links, images, bolds, and all, it will also keep your snippet’s font. If you’ve set your snippet to Helvetica 12pt, and you expand it in your Times 10pt email, you will see the difference.

To solve this disparity, we suggest setting your default font the same across the board. This means taking a bit of time up front that will save you time later on correcting mismatched text. Set the default font in TextExpander settings, set the font for new emails in Mail, Gmail, or Entourage, and set default document fonts in Word, Pages, and wherever else you type.