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Auto Text Expander Turns Repetitive Text and Content Into a Breeze [Giveaway]

Craig Snyder 15-11-2012

As a writer, blogger, and serial emailer, you can imagine that I go through repeating myself several times throughout an average day. Those precious keystrokes take time and the more time you take, the less time you have. I need my time, which means that I need a program along the lines of Auto Text Expander.


Auto Text Expander ($29.95) for Windows allows you to associate blocks of text — be it plain text, rich text, and/or images — to abbreviations or keyboard macros. When typing those abbreviations or macros, the snippet of text associated will be triggered. Read on through this post to learn more about the program, and enter your information at the end if interested in winning one of 25 licensed copies of Auto Text Expander for Windows, retailing at nearly $750 in total!

Auto Text Expander works on both Windows and Mac (but we’re only giving away the Windows version). After installing the application, launching ought to look like this:
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You can see that several default snippets have been set up for you to help familiarize you with the program’s features. Right off the bat, you can begin to feel the effects. Bring up Notepad and type in cdati, which you can see is the abbreviation trigger for Current Date and Time.

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It could take up to about a second for the program to automatically replace the abbreviation (depending on how mean your system is), but you’ll hear a sound and there you have it. That’s the primary function of Auto Text Expander. While it seems incredibly simple, I’m sure you’re already able to think of instances where it’d be incredibly useful.


If you click the Statistics button across the top, you’re able to see exactly how many keystrokes you’ve saved, and translate that to how much time you’ve saved on a WPM basis.

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New snippets can be organized into groups, allowing you to really keep your snippets efficient and clean to search through. With these groups, you can create manual backups to ensure that you never waste spending the time to recreate them.

Under the Insert menu, you can see a large list of variables that you can include in your snippets. %B will dynamically replace as the full name of the current month, for example. These are very useful.


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Options are very extensive with Auto Text Expander. You can set Auto Text Expander to work with only certain applications, which is very useful in certain situations. You can also set abbreviations to be case sensitive.

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Automated backups are also a very appreciated feature. As you can see, I am running my backups right through Dropbox.


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Hotkeys allow you to easily control Auto Text Expander by adding new snippets, opening the application, or enabling/disabling the application.

Auto Text Expander has so, so many uses and it’s truly a program that anyone can use and benefit from. Wasting less time and getting our text out faster is something we could all be doing, so let’s do it! You can buy Auto Text Expander for Windows for just $29.95, or if you’re lucky you could be one of the 25 that we select to win it for free in this giveaway!

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  1. Catherine McCrum
    November 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I have always done this in a tedious and manual way, would be nice to win this for its ease of use.

  2. Sean A
    November 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Cool Idea I will recommend it to my family who does blog.

  3. Gustavo Costa
    November 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    For Mac, it's called DashExpand, my favourite app.

    • unknown69
      November 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      This program actually exists for mac, I'm surprised. But they are giving away the windows version since most will be able to use it.

  4. raymond mcnatt
    November 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Any time you can save time it's a good thing

  5. Adam Campbell
    November 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    looks like dash for mac, dash used to be free but the developer now charges for it.

  6. SherFiles
    November 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Hello. I would love to participate in this giveaway.

    Thank you so much.

  7. Avi Shmueli
    November 16, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I certainly do need this.

  8. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I like this software thanks for giveaway
    really good software

  9. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I use
    Free for home use

  10. Boni Oloff
    November 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Looks an useful software. Save many typing times, and the false in typing.

  11. Nikhil Chandak
    November 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    this software seems to be amazing !!
    great giveaway , I hope i win !

    • Muz RC
      November 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Im too hope could win it... :)