September 30, 2022
If you’ve landed on this page, we’re assuming
Whatever the case, you’ve come to the right place.
We get it.
There’s no shortage of irritants in the world. People phubbing, incessant honking, and humblebragging etc. make it to our hall of fame.
But repeatedly typing the same things in an email, chat, report etc.? That just takes the cake.
Fortunately, unlike other things, this one’s in our control.
Typing things repetitively can go infinitely faster and be infinitely less mind-numbing with a text expander.
If you’ve never tried a text expander before, our blog will quickly show you how one works.
If you have, we’ll share our top picks of text expanders on the market in 2022.
A text expander is a productivity tool that lets you eliminate repetitive typing tasks. It saves you truckloads of time by allowing you to summon phrases, sentences, and long blocks of text you use often, using simple keyboard shortcuts or abbreviations.
These frequently-used pieces of text are often referred to as snippets. With snippets, you no longer have to type the whole text from scratch.
For example, you can just type o/intro (a shortcut) in your email editor and voila, it will automatically expand to
Snippets can typically contain a wide variety of information, including rich text, images, code, numbered & bulleted lists, paragraphs, variables or dynamic input fields, and many others.
Which brings us to the next question.
Apart from ruling the world (of work), you mean?
Well, let’s see!
There are a number of apps and browser extensions that can help you get all of this done.
The OG of text expander apps, TextExpander, used to be a favorite among generations of writers and coders, till it switched to a subscription pricing model in 2016 which most existing users found too expensive.
Luckily, today we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to text expanders.
Here are 7 TextExpander alternatives to suit every need and use-case in 2022.
If you’re looking for the best text expander on the market, beware! OSlash isn’t it.
It is, however, the best productivity suite in the market. We may be biased but you can probably see why.
You can use OSlash text expander to auto-type text using shortcuts everywhere you work. But that’s not all.
None of the other apps on our list will offer you the powers of text expansion together with a link management solution that also doubles (or triples) up as a knowledge management platform for your company.
No wonder it can save you up to 30 hours every month!
Recommended reading: Embrace fast messaging and better user interactions with OSlash text expander
Pricing options (billed annually)
Text Blaze lets you create, save, and insert text snippets and templates anywhere using keyboard shortcuts of your choice.
At the moment, Text Blaze is available as a Chrome Extension and a native app on Windows.
Chrome/Chromium, Edge (extensions)
Pricing options (billed annually)
Formerly known as Auto text Expander for Google, Magical is a free text expander that claims to “Make tasks disappear. Like magic.”
Its USP? The plug and play user experience. Magical does away with integrations and APIs to keep things extremely simple for everyone.
Google Chrome (extension)
PhraseExpress is one of the pricier alternatives to TextExpander. And for good reason.
It automates your repetitive tasks using powerful macros. Its Macro Recorder “records your actions like a tape recorder for infinite playback.”
And it comes with a document generator that can create an entire document from scratch using a custom selection of your templates.
You also get to import your TextExpander snippets seamlessly.
Windows, macOS, iOS
(All plans provide a lifetime license with one year of free updates & upgrades. Post that you have to pay for maintenance renewal.)
Free: For personal use
3 pricing plans for commercial use (prices without taxes as of Sep 2022):
Espanso is a free and open-source text expander tool that offers all the basic functionalities you expect from an autotext app.
The tool uses a code-based method to create shortcuts which might take some getting used to.
Windows, macOS, Linux
The first ever text expander developed for Mac, TypeIt4Me has been around for over three decades now.
The upside? It works natively on all Mac apps that require typing.
The downside? It works only on Mac and iOS.
P.S. You need the TypeIt4Me Touch notepad app for using TypeIt4Me on your iPhone and iPad.
macOS and iOS
aText seeks to accelerate your typing, like other text expanders, by replacing frequently used phrases you define with abbreviations/shortcuts.
You can format your snippets to include images and multimedia in the rich-text editor.
There are also groups and subgroups to organize your shortcuts effectively.
OSlash of course — giving you all your money’s worth and then some.
But really, the best TextExpander alternative is one that suits your needs, fits your budget, and feels the most comfortable to use right now.
And we understand if OSlash isn’t there yet.
But if you do want an app you can try for free, that can be used on multiple devices (natively as well as on the browser), and one that can pack in a punch for your overall productivity, OSlash could be the right choice for you.
Ready to give it a try?
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