For this week’s Tech Tip Tuesday, I’m sharing links to my favorite iOS (iPhone/iPad) based text-expansion software TextExpander (TE) (by Smile Software).  The app goes on sale today for $0.99 with the price increasing by $1 per day until the sale ends March 20.

I use this software every day on my iOS devices. It’s great to be able to tap a few short keys and send out a large snippet of text. The custom keyboard is also slick. For more on what TE can do, check out this video by David Sparks.

Investing a few minutes learning this software will save you hours over your lifetime. One idea is to have TE automatically a short phrase into a phone number. For example, I type “scell” and TE replaces that text automatically with my cell phone number. I use it to automatically expand names of family members (e.g., “s/” becomes “Seth”) or to include an email signature block.

TE snippets can sync across your iPhone/iPad and to your Mac so you have the same shortcuts available to you, no matter the device you are working on.

TE does way more than just text expansion, but that is the subject of future posts.

Download TextExpander 3 + custom keyboard – SmileOnMyMac, LLC for your iPhone (affiliate link).

Download TextExpander 3 + custom keyboard – SmileOnMyMac, LLC for your iPad (affiliate link).

What are your favorite text-expansion tricks?

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