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Importing and Exporting Snippet Groups

To import snippets:

  1. Sign in to
  2. From the sidebar, choose Import/Export

Import is selected by default. You can select Choose Files or drag your files to the dotted line box to import them.

Import File Formats supports importing TextExpander files (.textexpander) and comma-separated value (.csv) files. If you want to make a CSV file from a list of shortcuts you have, you can in Excel or Numbers. Create a spreadsheet with your Snippet abbreviations in the first column and Snippet content in the second column. You can export that from Numbers or Excel in CSV format, then you can import the resulting file into TextExpander.

Tip: To import labels, use the third column.


Let’s say you have a Snippet that spans multiple lines. Enclose such lines in quotation marks (“). For example, here’s a multi-line snippet with an abbreviation of ‘sigsales’:

sigsales, "Cheers,


Lisa ""Leslie"" Newton
Acme Labs Inc. Corp."

If your abbreviation, snippet content, or label already contains quotation marks, you simply double them, so “Leslie” becomes “”Leslie””. Both Numbers and Excel will automatically do this for you when exporting in CSV format.

To export snippets:

  1. Sign in to
  2. From the sidebar, choose Import/Export
  3. Choose the Export area
  4. Choose the Export button to the right of a Snippet Group in the Download column

You can only export groups for which you have Edit access. If you want to export a group that is Read Only for you, check with one of the TextExpander group’s admin. The Admin, as well as the others who share the group, are all listed in the group’s Sharing tab on exports in comma-separated value (CSV) format.