For those of you who aren’t familiar with TextExpander, it’s a utility that runs on macOS, iOS (and Windows!) that takes small snippets of text and expands them into much larger pieces. For example, I can type in an abbreviation such as xsig1 and it will transform into an email signature. I can (and do) use similar snippets for letters to clients, creating date stamps, sending messages, filling in forms and much more.
I also use TextExpander when creating tasks or updating notes in OmniFocus. If you use OmniFocus (or any task manager for that matter), I’m sure you find yourself repeating the same text again and again. Phrases such as Follow up on or Create Report for, as well as Send Email to or Phone are very common to us all. You’ll have your own set of common prefixes to tasks based on your own vocation.
One of the features I use regularly in TextExpander is date/time calculations. I use time stamps a lot, especially in OmniFocus to mark updates to specific actions:
A lesser known tip is to press the Left arrow key followed by the Right arrow key when you have started to type your snippet. This simple action will tell TextExpander that you do not wish for this abbreviation to be expanded. Whenever you type an abbreviation and interrupt it with cursor movement, TextExpander will disregard it.
When I’m creating my blog posts, I have to use a LOT of links. That’s because when I mention a particular application or software company, I think it’s only fair to provide a link to their product. They do so much to enrich our lives with the apps they create, the list I can do is point my loyal readers towards them.