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TextExpander saves your fingers and your keyboard, expanding custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures. Type more with less effort!

Here are a few examples for what you can do with TextExpander:

  • Insert standard greetings, phrases, boilerplate paragraphs, and signatures - including formatted text and pictures.
  • Correct typos automatically
  • Organize snippets into groups
  • Add predefined snippet groups, including HTML, CSS, Autocorrect, Accented Words, and Symbols groups.
  • Shorten long URLs automatically with the Internet Productivity snippet group
  • more...

What's New

Version 4.3.2:
  • Fixes a variety of problems while editing snippets, including a frequent failure to save changes made to fill-in fields
  • Fixes crashes that could occur while searching for snippets
  • Clears search mode completely when creating new snippets or performing certain other actions
  • Fixes problem with Bubble sound preference in non-English systems
  • Provides correct more...


  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Adele_Toutant-gahu Member IconReview+0

I've been using TextExpander since it was called Textpander (many many years ago...). Extremely useful and it can get quite intricate at times, you can spend a lot of nerdy time diving into some of the features. I can use it for all kinds of things from one-off text replacement to boilerplate emails and forms. Very useful for code snippets, email sigs, you name it. Also some folks have started sharing their snippets so that's another way to jumpstart the app. I use it on my iPhone too, not compatible with native apps but the ones that _do_ support it become extra useful, like Drafts.

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Version 4.3.1
B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+649
B. Jefferson Le Blanc

I just got an e-mail from Ryan at MacUpdate promoting a sale for TextExpander and suggesting, if I already own it, that I write a review. Well, I don't use TextExpander because I have, ever since Mac OS 7, used Spell Catcher. Spell Catcher has a number of auto-expand features in addition to an excellent dictionary (actually a variety of [free] supplemental dictionaries including those for specialized terms in a number of categories like law, medicine and computer terms - and foreign languages). I also have a license for TypeIt4Me, which I used even before I bought Spell Catcher (TypeIt4Me came to OS X before Spell Catcher so I used it for awhile until SpellCatcher X became available. TypeIt4Me is an excellent snippet expansion utility which also goes back to OS 7 days. I've nothing against TextExpander, except that it was very late to the game. Smile makes some good software but I don't need any of it. So I'm writing to recommend Spell Catcher, which does far more than Text Expander and TypeIt4Me which is a reliable alternative to and costs less than even the sale price of Text Expander.

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Version 4.3.1

Unfortunately, the developer of Spell Catcher passed away in 2011. The program is no longer available. It's web site isn't even available anymore. I used it, too, until development stopped.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc

@ Tomstraus: While it's true that Evan Michael Gross is deceased, it's not true that the Rainmaker Web site - http://www.rainmakerinc.com - is down or that the app is no longer available. I had no trouble getting there just now. Spell Catcher X is still listed on and downloadable from MacUpdate - http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/10590/spell-catcher-x - and for sale at the Rainmaker Web site - https://store.kagi.com/cgi-bin/store.cgi?storeID=XYS_LIVE&time=1403878101&lang=en&page=Mac_OS_X.

Though Spell Catcher X has not been updated for Mountain Lion and Mavericks, it works just fine on my new iMac with OS X 10.9.3. Of course there's no telling whether it will continue to work on subsequent versions of OS X, yet there's no reason to abandon it if you own a license and have been using it up till now. And if you are still using OS X 10.5 thru 10.7, it is fully qualified on those versions of OS X. It is more expensive than TextExpander but it does a lot more. In particular the dictionary is far superior to the built-in dictionary in OS X and I use it constantly.

Buffy The Computer Slayer Member IconReview-1
Buffy The Computer Slayer

I use your competitor (Riccardo Ettore's TypeIt4Me) and have done since 1995, so I'm not about to switch to Text Expander.

However, I give this 4 stars (without using it!) because this type of app is not only useful, it is - after you've used it a short while - indispensable.

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Version 4.3.1
Harv Member IconReview+340

Do you have a Caution sign overlaying the TE icon in either the menu bar or dock? If so…

When TextExpander does its thing, it is actually logging your keystrokes, so it knows what to expand.

But when entering a password, Apple’s Secure Input (SI) is enabled; preventing anyone, even TE from seeing what you type. After entering your PW, SI is quit & returned to the user (and TE) so life can continue as usual.

The problem that sometimes happens, is that SI remains enabled even after entering your PW; ergo TE can’t work as it should.

The fix for this is to quit the offending apps & relaunch. Most often these are: 
• 1Password
• LastPass
• Google Chrome
• Firefox
• Hulu Desktop
• iFinance
• Quicken Scheduler
• Notational Velocity
• Chronories
• Terminal
• loginwindow
• Parallels Desktop 9

But sometimes you may need to reboot the OS. This most always solves the problem.

Tip: TE’s menu bar icon will show the name of what it thinks is the offending app (under Expansion Disabled or some such).

FWIW: I have found the tech support first-rate in every regard.

Additional detail available at: http://www.smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/secureinput.html

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Version 4.2
SegN3rd Member IconComment+70

I have the same problem with the clipboard being posted instead of the expansion.

I appreciate the troubleshooting info, but the fact is that this program has been at least partially sherlocked. In Mavericks, you can just go to System Preferences->Keyboard->Text. I understand that this feature is not as versatile as TextExpander, but it is more reliable and and can also work with iOS.

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Version 4.2
Pfackelmann Member IconReview+11

Lately (with OS 10.9) it happens frequently:
Instead of a TE snippet I get a piece from the clipboard.

Mails to

are bounced.

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Version 4.1.1

Ryan (MacUpdate Support) helped.
He contacted SmileSoftware; they returned:
Try changing the Restore clipboard delay in the TextExpander Preferences.
That solved the problem.

Harristype Member IconComment+731

I won't be giving this latest version a star-rating because I won't be updating. The features keep piling on, but with the long increase in my MacBook's startup time being one of the issues with this, and long lag between typing an abbreviation and the actual expansion, I switched back to Typinator. The expansions with Typinator happen instantly.

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Version 4.1.1
Satcomer Member IconComment+64

It seems to load very slowly now during Mac startup! The old version of 3.5 was much better at startup launching.

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Version 4.0.4
Jumbobob Member IconReview+68

Good job guys.

Just the price looks to me a little high.

Else I can recommend it.

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Monkeyjunkey Member IconComment+1408

Version is out.

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Version 4.0.1

Thanks! Updated.

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Downloads 72,273
Version Downloads 988
Type Utilities / System
License Demo
Date 14 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $34.95
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