Typinator use cases: How to ...

This page is meant as a first point of contact if you want to know how to achieve a certain goal with Typinator.

The items on this page are deliberately concise and overlap with other sources of information.

If you cannot find an answer to your question here, we recommend that you consult the Typinator User's Guide (click the "?" button in the Typinator window to access the document), visit our FAQ page, or check out our Power Tips. If this still does not help, please contact our technical support at .

New additions

What do you want to do? How you can do it:
See an overview of a snippet set and insert items with a click You need KeyCue 8.1 or newer for this. In KeyCue, you can then define a "Typinator action" and select the Typinator set to display when you press a certain key combination.
Find the last expanded snippet Enter "last" in Typinator’s "Quick Search" field. To find the five last expanded snippets, enter "last 5".
Import snippets from aText Launch aText and export your snippet collection with aText’s File/Save command and select “aText” as the file format. Then import the created “atext” file in Typinator (Typinator 7 or newer required). Finally, quit aText to make sure that it does not interfere with Typinator.
Import snippets from TextExpander Find the file Settings.textexpandersettings in ~/Library/Application Support/TextExpander and open it with Typinator’s Import command. See also our dedicated page with helpful tips for switching from TextExpander to Typinator.
Update Typinator to a newer version We recommend using Typinator's built-in version checker and simply following the instructions. For more information and an important warning, please see our Tips page on how to best update Ergonis Software macOS products.

Setup and organization

What do you want to do? How you can do it:
Quickly open the Typinator window Define a keyboard shortcut for the "Show Window" action in Typinator’s preferences.
Find where Typinator stores all the snippets Open Typinator's preferences and look at the "Sets folder" section in the Expansion tab. Click "Open in Finder" to quickly open the sets folder.
Define "whole word" as the default setting This is a set-specific setting. Select a set, click the blue info button below the set list, then turn "Whole word" on in the "Default Options" section.
Make the expansion area larger Click the dotted horizontal line in the Typinator window and drag it to change the relative sizes of the top and bottom parts.
Define which abbreviations should be considered in which applications This is done on a set-by-set basis. Click the button with the application icon below the set list to define applications in which only certain sets should be active.
Make Typinator start up automatically at login Activate the checkbox "Automatically start Typinator at login" in Typinator’s preferences /Activation tab.
Tell Typinator not to open the window when it starts up Deactivate the checkbox "Open window when Typinator starts" in Typinator’s preferences /Activation tab.
Make sure that Typinator is always up-to-date To automatically check for new versions, select the desired checking interval in Typinator’s preferences / Updates tab. If you prefer to check manually, select "Check for Updates" in Typinator’s action menu.
Test-drive beta versions when they become available In Typinator’s preferences / Updates tab, turn update checks on and activate the checkbox "Also check for beta versions". Alternately, manually check our Beta Download page.
Return to the latest final version during a beta test Beta versions will tell you when a new final version becomes available. If you want to quit beta testing earlier, download and install the latest final version from our Download page.
Create a snippet from existing text Select the text, click the small triangle next to Typinator’s icon in the menu bar, then select "New Item from Selection…". For faster access, assign a keyboard shortcut to this command in Typinator’s preferences.
Transfer all snippets to another computer Typinator stores all snippets in the “Sets folder”. All you need to do is transfer the contents of the Sets folder from the source computer to the destination computer. To find the Sets folder, open Typinator's preferences and see the “Sets folder” section in the Expansion tab.
Synchronize all sets between multiple computers. You can do this with Dropbox: In Typinator's preferences / Expansion tab, choose an empty folder in your Dropbox as the Sets folder. Let Typinator copy your existing sets to the new folder. Once the Dropbox synchronization is complete, select the same folder as the Sets folder on all other computers. For more information, see the chapter "The Sets folder" in Typinator's User's Guide.

Usage

What do you want to do? How you can do it:
Replace an arithmetic expression with its result Install the predefined "Inline Calculation" set (click the + button below the set list and select "New Predefined Set…"). With this set installed, just type any calculation followed by =? (such as "3*4=?") to insert the result (here: 12) in your document.
Paste plain text without formatting Create a plain text expansion that contains nothing but the clipboard marker {clip}. For more information, see this Power Tip.
Insert emoji characters Download and install the Emoji 3.0 package from the Download Extras page. To insert an emoji, type its name, enclosed in colons (such as :dog:), or use Typinator’s Quick Search with the keyword "emoji" and a search term (such as "emoji apple").
Create a snippet with a hyperlink Prepare the snippet text in TextEdit and use Edit>Add Link… to create hyperlinks. When you are done, copy the text to the clipboard and paste it into a "Formatted Text" expansion in Typinator.
Insert a horizontal line in Apple Mail or Gmail Create an HTML expansion with the content "<hr>". Note that horizontal lines can be inserted only in "rich text" messages.
Automatically fix "DOuble CAps" typos Install the predefined "DOuble CAps" set (click the + button below the set list and select "New Predefined Set…").
Define exceptions for the "DOuble CAps" rule. Start with the predefined "DOuble CAps Exceptions" set (click the + button below the set list and select "New Predefined Set…"). Add new personal entries where the abbreviation and the expansion are the same.
Use a trigger character for expansions Unlike some other expansion utilities, Typinator does not need explicit triggers. Use the "whole word" option instead to avoid conflicts. For more information, see this Power Tip.
Type an abbreviation without expanding it You can do this in a number of ways (such as pausing/resuming Typinator, using a special "suppress" expansion, or with an input field). These possibilities are described in more detail in this Power Tip.
Insert your external ip address Invoke the "ExternalIP" script (in the Scripts submenu of the {…} pop-up) to insert your computer’s public IP address in an expansion.
Convert currencies Download the Conversions package from the Download Extras page. For further information, see the ReadMe file that is included in the package.
Insert the current URL from a browser window Download the BrowserPageInfo script from the Download Extras page. For usage information, see the ReadMe file that is included in the package.
Add common prefixes or suffixes to a group of abbreviations You can specify common prefixes and suffixes separately for each set. To do this, select the set, click the blue info button below the set list, then enter the desired characters in the Prefix&Suffix section. This quickly changes all abbreviation in the set.

Information

What do you want to do? How you can do it:
Open Typinator’s User's Guide Typinator’s User's Guide is built-in in the application. To open it, click the "?" button in the bottom left of the Typinator window.
Find out how much time you saved with Typinator Open Typinator’s "About" window (click the small triangle next to Typinator’s "T" icon in the menu bar or the gearwheel icon in the Typinator window).
Find out your average typing speed Open Typinator’s "About" window (click the small triangle next to Typinator’s "T" icon in the menu bar or the gearwheel icon in the Typinator window).
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