<firstimage=””//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/mywords.jpg” />I love discovering new, little-known and seldom-discussed FireFox addons that offer some unique and very useful features. GrabThemAll was one such extension I previously shared.
The addon I am sharing today has some similar features to the desktop tools Karl reviewed a while back: PhraseExpress and Texter. Like these two, this addon allows to create the database of phrases you find yourself typing again and again.
MyWords is a simplistic yet very usable automatic typing software tool that works as a basic text replacement software for FireFox. It can be a great find for those who type a lot from within the browser.
Don’t expect too much from the tool but give it a try if you:
- Type a lot but usually shy away from advanced text replacement and form-autocomplete tools;
- Love little usable utilities that are there only if you need them.
First, have the addon installed and restart the browser. Now, let’s see the tool in action.
Set up the word database
To access your database, you should do either of the two:
Go to: Tools -> Addons – MyWords (Options)
Or right-click on any text field and select MyWords -> Setup MyWords:
The setup window is very easy to use:
- Use “Add” button to add new phrases;
- Use arrows to adjust the phrase order (the last one is what you will always see substituted first, so you want your most popular phrase to go the very last):
Note: I wasn’t geeky enough (and also found no tutorials on that to figure why there’s “label” field there. I tried using it but never saw the point, if anyone here knows why this option exists, please let me know in the comments)
After your database is created, you can use Import/Export option to save it and/or to transfer your word database between computers.
Another very important option to set up here is a keyboard shortcut to automatically insert and switch between your phrases. By default, it is ALT+W.
Try using the tool
Now that your database is more or less complete, you can try using the automatic typing software. Proceed to any page with a text input field on it and start playing.
Right mouse click in any text input area and select one of your saved words to paste at current cursor position.
Note: you can also add a new word to the database in the same manner: select the phrase you just typed and use right-click to access “MyWords” menu and add it the database.
Use the keyboard shortcut (which you set up in one of the above steps) to either:
- Paste the last favorite phrase at the beginning of the input line and switch between the phrases
- After you typed first few letters, autocomplete your phrase with one best fitting from your save phrases database.
What the tool can’t do
Like I have already mentioned, the functionality is rather basic but more often than not, those simplistic tools are the most usable and reliable. Still, you won’t see the following features (which would be great additions there):
- Auto-complete feature while you are typing without the need to use the shortcut;
- The ability to add some templates of longer text blocks with variables like, [name_of_person], [deadline_date], and so on. You can customize once the text is pasted in the form.
Do you use any similar tool for FireFox? Can you recommend anything? Share them in the comments.