Typing is a dinosaur. Sure, we need to know how to type, and typing has been a skill taught since the mid-1800’s.
Whether a huge, clunky typewriter, or the latest aluminum clad Mac Bluetooth keyboard, typing hasn’t changed much.
And neither has how fast we type. What we need is a way to type faster than we’ve ever typed before, but more accurately, fewer errors, and less hand and finger strain.
Until Siri comes to the Mac and takes perfect dictation, we’ll have to get by with TextExpander.
Type On Your Mac Without Typing (much)
This is my confession of a love affair for automated tasks. That’s what TextExpander does. Instead of typing the same things over and over again, let TextExpander do it.
Think about it. You only have so many good years left in those fingers, your wrists, and your arms.
Why waste perfectly good body parts by typing the same monotonous things over and over again and again.
TextExpand. Text. Expand. Get it? That’s what it does. You create snippets of text that you use regularly, assign specific shortcuts to the most frequently used items, and whenever you need it, you can stop typing and let TextExpander finish what you started.
Words. Sentences. Paragraphs. Multiple paragraphs. Boilerplate text, email signatures, forms, and a whole lot more are easily saved and regenerated without you lifting a finger.
Setup snippets of text and collect them in groups, each easily available with the right keystroke combos.
Did I mention forms? TextExpander does forms. Without typos. In fact, because you control what goes into TextExpander’s snippets, typos are a thing of the past.
TextExpander controls can be a bit complicated. There are far more options than you’ll be comfortable using initially.
I recommend that you start with a few simple and often used snippets of text, then add more, then dig into configurations.
TextExpander comes with a bunch of built-in snippet groups. For example, time and date snippets that you can format, even special characters and accent marks.
Here’s another way to think about using TextExpander’s shortcuts to improve your overall typing speed and accuracy.
Performance measured is performance improved. That’s an adage athletes have used forever to improve what they do.
TextExpander is helping you use your fingers, hands, arms less, and it would be nice to know how much effort is being saved.
So, get ready for statistics. That’s right. Stats on how many minutes or hours have been saved using TextExpander at specific words-per-minute (completely adjustable).
I’ve not run into too many Mac apps that have a built-in counter that details your return on investment.
If you’re on a budget, there’s DashExpander, which kinda sorta does the same thing, but it’s free.