I slave over a hot keyboard all day. So, any Mac tool that helps to speed up my typing is my friend.
The Mac and iPhone tool of choice for keyboard efficiency is TextExpander. It’s a behind-the-scenes Mac (and iPhone) app that collects snippets of text that you can insert into a document using keyboard shortcuts.
Whether it’s using a convoluted signature, or a boilerplate response, it’s much easier to drop it in with a few keystrokes than to type the whole thing again and again.
TextExpander starts out with a bunch of basic snippets, but gives you options to add your own and customize the keystrokes you use to invoke the automatic typing.
Here’s how you create and collect snippets of text. Enter the text and the keystroke shortcuts for each snippet.
This is an excellent utility to improve your overall typing speed (it types for you) and accuracy (just spell check your boilerplate snippets).
Snippets can be grouped, too. Basic items like the current date or time can be inserted automatically (you won’t even have to check the date or time; your Mac does it for you).
All this efficiency is what many of us need to avoid stress, carpal tunnel syndrome, and documents with errors, often caused by the mundane retyping of the same information.
TextExpander is great but can get complicated with all the options.
I use multiple groups to handle different kinds of text snippets. TextExpander comes with a variety of groups ready to use.
These include Accented Words, HTML, CSS, and more. It even fills in forms with basic name, address, phone information. I suggest you start out using a few basic snippets then add more as you see the need.
The time savings is instant. Accuracy improves, too. But remembering all those keystroke combo shortcuts requires a good memory or another app.