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TextExpander Simply Saves Time! - Quick Tutorial

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Wish you could write faster? Wish there was a way to recall large chunks of text with a few keyboard strokes? With TextExpander, you can do just that-- you can create custom text snippets and use them to save time. Discover how to use TextExpander to take your productivity up a notch. In this video: - 2:20 Text Expander Demo Resources: - Text Expander (This is an Affiliate Link) https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1244190&u=876736&m=81274&urllink=&afftrack= Curious about other tools that can help you get more organized? Grab a copy of Steve’s toolkit! https://dottotech.com/toolkit/ Love what you saw? Subscribe to the channel for weekly Google tips (live every Monday!) Want to dive into the world of productivity, digital marketing and content creation? Join us for our weekly webinar this Wednesday! Every week, we break big, complex processes like building your email list and growing a successful YouTube channel into small, actionable steps you can put into practice straight away. Sign up: https://dottotech.com/webinars/ FOLLOW DOTTO TECH ON SOCIAL → Blog: https://dottotech.com/ → Vlog: https://dottotech.com/vlog/ → Twitter: https://twitter.com/dottotech → Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DottoTech/
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jcspider (6 days ago)
Ahh. Pity that you weren't using Grammarly when generating the automatic reply letter! "We currently have a lead time of 3 week..." should be, "We currently have a lead time of 3 weeks...". Thank you for your wonderful work, Steve.
x47 (13 days ago)
does it recognise a snippet inside a snippet?
Morten Olsen (1 month ago)
You need to cap the week of with an s. We currently have a lead time of three weeks not week 😉
A b (1 month ago)
does it work with a Pixelbook?
2889mo12 (1 month ago)
First off I love your YouTube lessons comments an overall information. It's both extremely informative and entertaining and while it looks like you're having fun and not working very hard I appreciate the time that you put into these videos. Keep up the great work . I use phrase Express and the support sucks. To get even the most rudimentary questions answered about using the program is close to Impossible. They have what they call online support which is essentially a very long and complex manual. I'm very glad that you posted this as I'm going to download the app later on this afternoon and start to use it. I did send support an inquiry about how this support actually works. I found over the years that a mediocre program with excellent support is by far more valuable in an excellent program with mediocre support. This applies especially to productivity programs. The point of a productivity program is to make you more productive not to send you down a rabbit hole of learning a particular type of software. Again thank you for posting all of your videos and keep up the good work.
Charles Hutchinson (1 month ago)
I've thought about trying this for a long time. You've convinced me to give it a real go. Awesome videos btw. Thanks!
Max Z. (1 month ago)
Is there a redemption code I could use? I love this app already :)
Max Z. (1 month ago)
Hi. Thanks for the video. Is Textexpander similar to the well known alfredapp on the Mac?
SimpLee Beth (1 month ago)
Great explanation. Thanks!
Gerard le Roux (1 month ago)
I use Smart Type Assistant - free. Could not live without it. Just not cross-device,
Ritam Chaterji (1 month ago)
Well, in ios and mac os I just use the text replacement feature. That works fine.
Jason Sparrow (1 month ago)
I've used quicktextpaste for a year now and thought it was great. I can definitely see the value of moving over to Text Expander. Hopefully the free/price options don't make it prohibitive. Thanks Steve.
Cristov Russell (1 month ago)
Sadly, there is not an Android app. This is the one thing that has held me back from subscribing as I feel this is much easier to use than PhraseExpress
Jorey McComas (1 month ago)
Thank you. Opened up a world of saved time. I currently use "canned response" in Gmail but this can do so much more.
John Pluck (1 month ago)
Thanks, Steve - I've been using text expander for a while and this was a great reminder to make use of the more advanced features :)
Amie Friedl (1 month ago)
I wonder if programmers have something similar for coding or could use this product?
Ron Mullen (1 month ago)
Didnt know about TextExpanders, but Mac have a simplier version ie Text Replacement function which you can have short cuts for sentences, etc. Its good for abbreviations eg ncc= NCC (National Construction Board) expanded. Also, use it Mac text replacement in emails for full sentences. Sure saves a lot of time these particular systems. Agree you need a common identification system or you forget what and where these short key words are for expanding. I have a look at TextExpander to appears to be more of a visual library. Thanks once again for your productivy information. Keep up the good work.
It's like emmet\gist for text :)
MrGreggles (1 month ago)
On PC we've been using Gorgias and TextBlaze intensely in our small business for the last year or so and together they've been great; each has their pros & cons. I'll take a look at TextExpander - thanks for the intro Steve. On Android, AI Type keyboard has filled the need. PS I hope this isn't bombing your topic; like you, it seems, it's a topic I could rave on and on about. Text expanders indeed are a real game changer.
Ian Bowden (1 month ago)
If you're a Windows users, FastKeys does everything that TE does - and much more. And you pay only once for it ($19) and can put it on up to three of your computers! I've used it for years and it's awesome. https://www.fastkeysautomation.com/index.html
Fernando André (1 month ago)
Hello, Have you seen the app Pushbullet for android and iphone?
Gary Stockton (1 month ago)
I gotta take another look at this, I thought it was just for mobile text automation, but it would be very helpful in a chrome browser where I work a lot.
Jim Samuel (1 month ago)
Sounds like Text Expander does what we used to do with macros in Word Perfect for DOS.
drcgg 2016 (1 month ago)
PhaseExpress is better and it's free (for private use). TextExpander is good, but the pricing is a joke.
Christopher Lee (1 month ago)
So like text message shortcuts for your computer... 🤔
Ken Bagby (1 month ago)
Have used it for 5+ years, my first go-to product if I need to erase and reinstall my hard drive. Great product. Have hundreds of snippets.
Eric Snyder (1 month ago)
Good video, Steve. Textexpander apps are really great productivity tools. I've been using a competitor, ActiveWords (activewords.com), for about 12 years. I have a HUGE pile of ActiveWord shortcuts I've developed over the years. So too much invested labour to switch. I think I prefer ActiveWords, although I love the calculation tool in TextExpander.
comedy4cast (1 month ago)
I was also resistant to OG. But once I started to use "old school," all bets were off.
Ron Kenney (1 month ago)
You were late on the blur!?
dotto, you're hilarious, and you're a true online OG btw (that means by the way, by the way)
Luis Pavón (1 month ago)
I use Texter
Ronald Felton (1 month ago)
Whenever I get a new Mac TextExpander is one of the first things I install. It’s a “don’t want to live without it” app. It is incredibly useful. I would hate to be without it. However, I can’t say the same thing for the IOS version. I have it (with the TE keyboard) but rarely use it unless I am using an app that has TextExpander functionality built in (e.g., Drafts) because I mainly use the Smart Keyboard.
Kurt Topel (1 month ago)
Thanks, Steve. Your videos strike the perfect balance between showing HOW to do something with WHY it can help you “do more”.
Hrishikesh Garud (1 month ago)
I use Breevy and will try TextExpander. http://www.16software.com/breevy/
GB09mit (1 month ago)
Steve a few questions for you. I work for FEMA and im on the road alot. I have to travel light so i have started doing all my personal computing on chromebooks. Can you give us some videos in reference to chromebooks. Such as the best way to store and retreve data. The best way to use google keep or evernote (App or web-extention), textexpander for chromebooks, good backup habits in chromebooks. Just all around being productive with Chromebooks. Thank you Sir. Your videos are the greatest!!!!
Iain Murray (1 month ago)
In the UK it would stand for "Old Git". I'm sure that's not what they are referring to....
Sam Finance Tech (1 month ago)
Good review as didn't heard of it before....
Sanju Joseph (1 month ago)
PhraseExpress is free and better.
I am using phraseexpress too - it's nice.
Sanju Joseph (1 month ago)
Nope. For personal use it has no restraints
I've just had a look at this and it is only free for ten short cuts so that is not enough to really call the product free, in my opinion.
Victor Bocaling (1 month ago)
Thanks for the video, Steve! Also a long time user of Text Expander. As I have Swedish friends, I use TE for some of the names that have the special characters like in Go̊ran. Better than going to the keyboard viewer or remembering the keyboard combination for that special character.
During the early '80's when I was in the military, I envisioned the idea of having 'templates' for writing memos in order to save time for secretaries, typists, steno's etc.. This would have fit the bill perfectly. Too late now, long since retired.
Here Now JAL (1 month ago)
First off, yours is definitely the best (and my goto) channel --> THANKS ... At this stage in the journey, it's not as valuable as when I first moved to Mac ... but the features of TextExpander was the primary missing link in my move from PC to Mac ... This is a very clear and valuable video on the TextExpander tool and once again I want to extend my gratitude for your wonderful video and channel ... Blessings ...
Damian McKee (1 month ago)
Been using TextExpander for years, and can honestly say it's one of the best utilities I have on my Mac, iPhone & iPad. We used it to send contracts for our entertainment agency and still do. I use it as an autofill for texting our customers. Couldn't do without it. Thanks, Steve for another great show. PS here's one to check out Steve, we just used it at the weekend and it's unbelievable, Switcher Studio. www.switcherstudio.com
Landon Praught (1 month ago)
Very cool what a great thing !
Peter Wills (1 month ago)
I use AutoHotKey which does the same thing. It is a scripting tool that can be used to control a great many aspects of Windows. I use it primarily to set up boilerplate text and a myriad of shortcut keys without needing to worry about conflicts with system hotkeys as you can specify a shortcut key combo that has a unique two or more character prefix that is unlikely to ever conflict with any system or program keyboard shortcuts. The shortcut key combo can also be a word or phrase. It may not be as elegant or user friendly as Text Expander but is very lean in terms of system resource usage and gets the job done exceedingly well for me in launching programs, websites, system files and folders as well as entering usernames and passwords.
Alan Henderson (1 month ago)
And it's free. :)
Peter Ziegler (1 month ago)
I use Textexpander since three years now and it's one of the most valuable tools I work with! Saves me tons of keystrokes and time!
John Marshall (1 month ago)
TextExpander is the most underrated tool. It's one of those tools that sounds like a waste of money... but once you use it you'll wonder how in the hell did you ever live without it. FYI... if you have TextExpander on your computer and you listen to this video on you computer while you're working on another project... the TextExpander expanded text alert sound from the video will make you constantly say "What the!?"... because I kept thinking that I was expanding text.

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