Those who type very fast and accurate, and those who do not. Here’s a Mac utility which can improve both typing speed and accuracy, regardless of which typer category you fall into. Think of it as an accelerator for typing– but without extra practice, gimmicks, or typing apps to improve performance.
Text That Expands
TextExpander on the Mac has been around many years and for most of that time was the domain of Mac power users who focus on improving quality, accuracy, and productivity.
All TextExpander does is expand snippets of text when you enter specific keyboard shortcuts. For example, if you type the same address over and over, assign the text to a keyboard shortcut, and it expands when you type it. Faster, and more accurate.
I started using TextExpander years ago and slowly I added phrases, names, snippets of text, even boilerplate paragraphs to my library. When I type the correct keyboard shortcut, an entire paragraph can be entered almost instantly.
TextExpander makes handling multiple email signatures a snap (even easier than the signatures built-in to Mail). It fills in forms with all the basic information you setup ahead of time. Plus, TextExpander has a built-in autocorrect to fix thousands of common typos– automatically.
The trick to using TextExpander to improve your typing efficiency and accuracy is in the library of text snippets. They’re easy to setup and use, too, thanks to Group management. Each snippet of text, regardless of how long, can be assigned a simple keyboard shortcut which immediately drops the text into whatever document you’re using.
To use TextExpander is to love it, but there are some caveats. First, it’s expensive as Mac utilities go. Second, even the upgrade price to the new version is steep by upgrade traditions. Third, it’s important to start with a few simple keyboard shortcuts and snippet phrases and bring them into regular usage, then expand the library. This is a very capable utility which could easily be the domain of Mac power users, but it’s available to any Mac user willing to go an extra step– and cost– to be more efficient and accurate at the same time.