Replace abbreviations with full text, even create global macros, using Texter


Texter is a free auto-text utility that will save you countless keystrokes by replacing abbreviations with commonly used phrases you define. Texter runs in the Windows system tray and works in any application you’re typing in. It can also set return-to markers for your cursor and insert clipboard contents into your replacement text, in addition to more advanced keyboard macros.

One common use example given for applications like Texter is email signatures. For example, you could define a series of hotstrings that would be replaced by different signatures. So something like sig1 will automatically be replaced by your full signature when triggered. There are a lot of ways that you can use Texter. Signatures, addresses, and commonly used abbreviations can be quickly and easily expanded from very small user-defined snippets.

You can add a new replacement on-the-fly by hitting Ctrl-Shift-H, typing in your hot string and the replacement text, selecting the trigger you want to execute the replacement (Enter, Tab, and/or Space), and hitting OK. You can edit your replacements at any time through the Manage hot strings option in the system tray menu (or you can assign a keyboard shortcut through the Preferences – the shortcut is empty by default, but I use Ctrl-Shift-M to manage hot strings).

In addition to basic text replacement described above, Texter also lets you perform more advanced scripting commands using keyboard shortcuts by selecting Script from the drop-down box.

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