How to Type Everything Faster Using TextExpander

Do you wish you could type faster? Of course, you do. You’re a writer whose brain goes a mile a minute. If only your fingers would go a mile a minute, right?

Now, they can. I am going to show you how to type faster using the TextExpander app. But first, a little backstory.

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For a year, I’ve been trying to figure out how to write macros that work in Google Drive. (If you don’t know, a macro is geek talk for a shortcut. Type a couple of characters and your macro tells your keyboard to do a task, like type something longer!)

I wanted to be able to put the header I use on the top of my documents without the laborious process of typing it every single time or copying and pasting. This is what my header looks like:

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Well, when I heard Ed Gandia mention TextExpander on one of his podcasts, I had to check it out. And I’m so glad I did! I love it already and I’ve only been using it for a week.

Here’s a little video I put together showing you how it works. In the video, I show you how to write a macro (TextExpander calls them snippets) and then what happens when you use it in an email subject line and in the body of the email.

I’m going to use TextExpander to create macros for everything from email subject lines I use all the time to my phone number to url’s to what else? What would you use TextExpander for if you had it? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

If you’d like to learn more about my other favorite digital tools, check out 4 Digital Tools for Writers to Keep You on Track.

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