Take Control of TextExpander

The ultimate guide to using TextExpander to type less and do more, from the popular Take Control Books series.

117 pp. – $10.00

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Running TextExpander is like embedding a superhero typist in your Mac. Read Take Control of TextExpander to learn how to:

Reply faster: If you frequently send similar bits of text—directions, chunks of legal writing, bios, product descriptions, company names, addresses, URLs, and so forth—let TextExpander type all that text for you quickly, making it a snap to respond quickly to customer questions or requests from colleagues, and a breeze to send other routine correspondence (“Dear Mom, I’m still not pregnant. Love, Me”). You can even create fill-in snippets that ask for details and fill in all the rest of the text automatically.

Make typing more exciting: Discover how to automagically add the date to filenames as you save, to shorten URLs or to insert HTML or CSS tags in a flash, and more. It’s like having another set of fingers.

Type more accurately: Find out how to add the autocorrect dictionary groups from Smile and how to create your own autocorrection options, so you’ll spend less time fixing common typing mistakes or going red-faced when you spot an egregious error too late.

Automate easily: Learn how to unleash the power of TextExpander to automate tasks on your Mac with JavaScript, AppleScript, and Unix shell script snippets.

Enjoy life more: When you let TextExpander handle your routine typing, your brain will be free to think more creatively about the rest of what you type. And you just might knock off work a little sooner some days.

Specific questions answered in this ebook include:

  • How do I register my demo copy of TextExpander or buy a family pack?
  • What are some common uses of TextExpander that I can try as I learn?
  • How can I quickly insert special characters like emoji, smileys, and stars? 
  • How do I use TextExpander to timestamp my text automatically? 
  • How can I put the clipboard contents into an expanded snippet?
  • How can I make a TextExpander snippet that expands into a fill-in form?
  • How do I work with formatted text and pictures in snippets?
  • How do I handle capitalization and snippet expansions?
  • How can I get to TextExpander quickly, and hide it when I don’t need it?
  • What do I do if I can’t remember a snippet’s abbreviation?
  • How can I edit my snippets quickly?
  • How do I insert a snippet immediately after a quotation mark or bracket?
  • I do a lot of HTML and CSS coding. TextExpander sounds great, but how can I leverage someone else’s work and not have to create my own HTML and CSS expansions?

About the author:

Michael E. Cohen has taught English composition, worked as a programmer for NASA’s Deep Space Network, helped develop the first commercial ebooks at the Voyager Company, co-founded a major university’s Humanities computing center, and played with a lot of new technology. He’s the author of a number of books, including Take Control of PDFpen 7Take Control of Pages, Take Control of iBooks Author, and Take Control of TextExpander.

About the Take Control series:
The Take Control series is well-known for its highly-practical, tightly-focused ebooks written by best-selling experts, covering Mac OS X and Macintosh applications. The PDF-format ebooks use carefully designed layout and typography for easy onscreen reading and printing, and they include bookmarks, clickable links, and a Check for Updates link that lets you access free updates.

Publishers Adam and Tonya Engst have been creating Apple-related content since they started the online newsletter TidBITS, in 1990. In TidBITS, you can find the latest Apple news, plus read reviews, opinions, and more.