Typinator Part 1 - The Interface Explained

This is the first part of a series of posts that will cover the basics of how to use one of the most popular text expansions tools on OS X - Typinator, by Ergonis Software.

Typinator has an interface that is very simple and easy to navigate.

The Main Interface

The Main Interface

Along the top, underneath the title bar, you will see icons for Action, Predefined Sets, Registration, Contact and Preferences. Let’s take a moment to go through these.


Pause Expansions ⌃⇧T - there may be occasions where you do not want Typinator to perform any expansions for you. This will deactivate Typinator entirely and a pause symbol will appear in the menu bar.

You exit Pause mode either by pressing your keyboard shortcut or selecting “Resume Expansions”

Quick Search - ⌃↩ - we will go into the Quick Search functionality in more detail in the Search section - however if you do not remember the shortcut and wish to manually invoke the Quick Search window via the User Interface, you can access it here.

Sets - from this submenu, you are able to access some configuration options for the different kinds of sets you have available for use in Typinator. More detail on these options is available later int he book, however for now, please be aware that you can access the following menu options from this part of the User Interface

Add Predefined Sets
Set Info…
Application Settings…
Page Info…

About Typinator - this will give you the current version number of Typinator that you have installed as well as a calculation of the amount of time you have currently saved by using Typinator to expand text as opposed to manually typing the full text yourself. A very handy feature!

Registration - from here, if you haven’t already registered your licence key you can do so. If you have, then you can view your current licence details.

Preferences - this gives access to the Preferences pane. We will go into this in a lot more detail later in MARK CHAPTER LINK HERE

Check For Updates - the developers at Ergonis are always working on new features for their products so it is a good idea to ensure that you are frequently checking for the latest updates available. You can set a schedule for these checks to be performed automatically from this setting.

Help - this options gives access to many built-in Help options available. These are:

Contact Us

*(Documents) Users Guide Regular Expressions

*(Web Pages) Www.ergonis.com Typinator FAQ Power Tips

*(Send Email To) Technical Support Customer Service

Quit - will safely quit the application.


Typinator comes with some really useful sets that are built-in and can be installed by clicking the “Predefined Sets” icon in the toolbar.

The list of predefined sets contains some sets that help you to automatically correct typing errors in English, German and French that you make on a frequent basis. You can add as few or as many to your current configuration as you require.

More details on Predefined Sets can be found at MARK CHAPTER LINK HERE


This is simply a link to the same Registration window that was accessed via the Action button.


By clicking this button, you will be given the option of visiting www.ergonis.com, accessing the Typinator FAQ webpage, emailing Technical Support or emailing Customer Service.


This is simply a link to the same Preferences window that was accessed via the Action button.

Below this main icon bar, we have windows for Sets, Expansion Summaries and Expansion Editing (I don’t know if they are the official names for these windows but they seem to fit the purpose for myself so I’m happy to go with them!)

All of these windows will be taken care of in detail in the upcoming chapters.