Advanced Snippet Elements: More Functions
TextExpander offers several types of advanced elements you can include to make your Snippet more dynamic. For an overview see Advanced Snippet Elements.
How to add more advanced elements into your Snippets
When you copy something it is stored on the computer clipboard for you to paste it. Have whatever you recently copied to your clipboard included as part of your snippet upon expansion. For example, say you want to customize just one portion of a form letter.
1. Create a snippet with content:
Hello (clipboard), It was a pleasure meeting you! Thank you for coming. Cheers, Ann
2. Copy something to the clipboard using the copy command, Command + C (Mac) or Control + C (Windows). For this example, copy the word “Bob”.
3. Type the snippet abbreviation. It will expand:
Hello Bob, It was a pleasure meeting you! Thank you for coming. Cheers, Ann
Insert the equivalent of the press of a key into a snippet. Available key options are Enter, Escape, Return and Tab. This is useful for web forms where a single snippet can fill in a field, tab to the next field, then submit the form with the Enter key. Also, useful in emails where you want one snippet to fill in the Subject line then tab to the email body and fill it in. That snippet might look like this:
Position Cursor Here:
Specify where in the snippet content you want the cursor to appear once expanded. The cursor appears at the end of the snippet by default.
Select To Here:
In combination with (Position Cursor Here), this specifies a range of text to be selected within the snippet after expansion.
- Cursor right
- Cursor left
- Cursor up
- Cursor down
In cases where your editor might automatically add indenting to your snippet, or for other reasons, you can specify up, down, left or right arrow keystrokes to occur between parts of the expansion, or if placed at the end of the text, these arrow keystrokes can adjust the cursor position relative to the end of the snippet after the expansion. They cannot be used effectively in combination with Position Cursor Here or Select To Here.
These delimiter modifiers override the Preferences > Expansion > Expand abbreviations setting treatment of the delimiter character.
Nest a snippet within another snippet. For example, you might want to use your telephone number snippet in your email signature snippet, or your email signature snippet inside multiple snippets you have for emails. If your telephone number changes, you only need to update one snippet. Here is a telephone number snippet (ttel) nested in an email signature snippet (ssig):
ssig = Ciao, Lisa --- Lisa Newton Acme, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org (ttel)
The snippet will expand to this
Ciao, Lisa --- Lisa Newton Acme, Inc. email@example.com 1-408-555-5555
Nested snippets also work with script Snippets.
Insert custom fill-in-the-blank fields into your snippets that can be filled in while expanding the snippet; useful for form letters. For example “Dear_______ , Thank you for the ______ .” (See Creating and Using Fill-in Fields).