Typinator Part 2 - Shortcuts and Preferences


Built into Typinator, there are 6 primary shortcuts available (as well as the existing System ones of course). These are:

- Show Window - ⌃T

- Pause Expansions - ⌃⇧T

- Quick Search - ⌃↩

- Suggest Abbreviation - ⌃⌥⌘↩

- Create New Item From Selection - None Predefined

- Create New Item From Clipboard - None Predefined

All of these shortcuts are fully customisable. 

Simply open Preferences and on the Activation window, you will see all of the shortcuts available on the bottom pane. Click the existing configuration and press the keys that represent the new customised setting you would like.


The Preferences pane allows you to configure several settings to help customise the Typinator experience. After all, every one is different and likes their software to perform in different ways. 




The options available to you in this window are as follows:

Open window when Typinator starts - here you determine whether or not you would like to have the Abbreviation window appearing when Typinator starts. 

Automatically start Typinator at login - when you login to your device, do you want Typinator to automatically startup in the background and ready to expand text? If so, then tick this box. If you would rather manually choose to start it up, then leave it unchecked. 

Show Typinator in menu bar - this setting will determine whether or not the Typinator icon appears in the menu bar. This menu bar icon will give you quick access to Typinator. Without this icon, you will need to double-click Typinator in the Finder or use the “Show Window” shortcut in order to add or edit abbreviations. 

Keyboard Shortcuts - as discussed above, you can view and modify the current shortcuts available for use. 


The check box at the top of the Expansion window allows you to Enable quick expansion.

Ticking this box is recommended is you are using OS X 10.5.5 or later as it allows Typinator to use a new expansion technique. This technique enables Typinator to expand most plain-text snippets a lot faster than before whilst at the same time avoiding subtle compatibility issues with certain applications and third-party utilities. It is highly recommended that you enable this option. 

If, however, you begin to encounter incorrect expansions in some applications then you hold try turning this option off as part of your troubleshooting process. If this actually helps with the problem, then you are advised to contact typinator-support@ergonis.com so that they can be made aware of the problem and, if possible, take steps to remedy. 

The next section allows you to select the Default feedback sounds that apply when expansion occurs. These settings can be overridden by individual sets, so that is important to bear in mind. I love hearing these feedback sounds because it lets me know that Typinator is working and I always feel a little bit better when I know that something I have taken the time to configure has saved me some time in my day. Nice. 

You can select your own custom location for the Sets folder in the bottom window. We discuss Sets and the Sets folder in more detail in a later post. 


This window allows you to configure when you would like Typinator to automatically check for any available updates, as well as providing a button to manual check straight away. You can also specify whether or not you would like to check for beta versions of the software too.