In my past blog posts I blogged about chrome extensions that improve your browsing experience. One of the extension: Popchrom a text shortcut tool was so useful I want to use it anywhere
For Mac there is a popular app called Text Expander from smile software that gives your text shortcut capability. In Windows it is more difficult to find alternatives, until I found Phrase Express; a cross platform application that does exact that and more.
Phrase Express is free for home use and it have paid upgrades for some additional functionality. It have a few neat features that can be very useful.
Text Snippets Management
The most common problem Phrase Express solves is help you quickly enter text phrases. Similar to Popchrom, you can type in a keyword and Phrase Express will replace it with the defined text. Phrase Express added the ability to customize shortcut key so you can choose any configuration you like. You can manage text phrases by folders, and it allows you to quickly change shortcut key and text replacement behavior for all text in a folder. There is also a search bar to find any text you created and you can also specify which application can use a given phrase. The interface is a little difficult to get started but once you get familiarised, it’s a very powerful to use.
Phrase Express have another neat function that work as a clipboard manager. The native clipboard in the operating system only store the latest text content. And traditional clipboard manager requires you to make multiple clicks for pasting text and since you need to take your hand off the keyboard which making it cumbersome to use. Phrase Express have a really neat solution: use shortcut keys, once activated it opens up a popup menu contain all your past clipboard history, you can use shortcut key or up and down arrow to pick. Your hands stays on the keyboard thus improve your productivity greatly.
How do I use Phrase Express?
Personally, Phrase Express helps me a few places in my day to day life. I have 3 different email one for work, one for personal use and other for signing up newsletters and services I’m not sure I’ll use. Phrase Express helps me fill in signup, login forms in a snap. When I write an email, I have different signature base on the receiver, Phrase Express make that simple by using autotext.
Phrase Express is a very useful productivity application that everyone should have. If you type your email in multiple places for login or need to manage multiple email signatures, Phrase Express can help you speed up your process and type less.