Help: Guided Tour: Preferences
TextExpander expansions can be triggered three ways:
If you choose to use one of the delimiter options, click the button Set Delimiters... to select the desired delimiter key. There are over 30 delimiters to choose from, including most punctuation keys, as well as space, return, tab and esc.
You can specify what happens when a snippet expands in TextExpander by checking the boxes in this section.
Default Snippet Format
Set the default format of newly created snippets to one of these formats:
The default snippet format is applied to newly-created snippets. Changing the default does not affect the snippets you have already created.
You can change the format on a per snippet basis in the main window. (See "Creating Snippets: Format.")
Choose whether a snippet will expand, and in what letter case, depending on the case you type the abbreviation with. You can set the default case sensitivity to one of these options:
The default case sensitivity is applied to newly-created snippets. Changing the default does not affect the snippets you have already created.
You can change the case sensitivity on a per snippet basis in the main window. (See "Creating Snippets: Setting Case Sensitivity")
You can customize which applications work with TextExpander.
You can change this default on a per group basis in the main window. (See "Snippet Groups: Group Settings")
Capitalize new sentences
The first letter after a period and a space is capitalized automatically.
If two capital letters are typed at the beginning of a word and a third lower case letter is typed, the second letter will be converted to lower case automatically (unless Caps Lock is on).
You can customize which applications capitalization correction works within.
TextExpander can suggest new snippets based on what you type. For more explanation see Creating Snippets. TextExpander can also notify you when you forget to use an existing snippet.
To set a hotkey, click the "Push to set Hotkey" button, then press the desired hotkey combination (for example, Control + 1, Option + S). Hotkey combinations must include Control, Option, Shift and/or Command.
Show TextExpander in menu bar
Here you can specify the width of the list of snippets that appears when you click on the TextExpander icon in the menu bar.
You can also choose the style of the TextExpander icon itself.
Hide TextExpander icon in Dock
Check this option if you don't want TextExpander to appear in the Dock or in the task switcher.
Note: If you opt to hide the TextExpander icon in the Dock, that will also hide the TextExpander main menu from view. You can still access TextExpander by choosingfrom the TextExpander menubar icon, using the Open TextExpander hotkey, or double-clicking the TextExpander application icon in the Finder.
Launch at Login
Check this option if you want TextExpander to start up automatically when you login to your computer.
Show main window at launch
By default, TextExpander opens its main window when the application launches. If you wish the main TextExpander window to remain closed upon startup, uncheck this option.
Display font for plain text snippets
Select the font for the appearance of your plain text snippets in the TextExpander window. When the snippet expands, it will take on the formatting of the text around it, regardless of how it is displayed in TextExpander.
Default font for formatted text snippets
Set the font your formatted text snippets start with. This is the font the snippet will expand with. Edit the format in the Fonts window by going to Format > Font > Show Fonts (Command +T) or by clicking on the Formatted Text button located below the Content box.
Sync your snippets with TextExpander on another Mac, iPad or iPhone using any syncing folder on your Mac. Use Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Google Drive, or any cloud service which provides a syncing folder on your Mac.
The options you will see depend on whether you currently have sync setup.
Don't Sync: Turn off sync. This will move the location of your snippets file to a default location on your hard drive.
Link to Snippets…: Turn on sync and use snippets already synced from another device. You will need to locate the snippet file already in a syncing folder and select it.
Save Snippets As…: Turn on sync by saving your snippet file to a sync folder. Choose this option to setup sync on your first device.
Sync with TextExpander 4 or TextExpander touch 3.4 (Dropbox only): Sync snippets with older versions of TextExpander for Mac, iPad or iPhone. Older versions use a different snippet format that can only use Dropbox in a default Dropbox location. You cannot customize the location of the snippet file in Dropbox.
For more information on setting up sync with TextExpander, see Syncing Snippets.
Share groups on a local network
You can share your snippets with other devices on your local network, including another Mac, iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. The device must have TextExpander installed.
Note: When groups are shared, they are not synchronized, but rather copied to the other device.
For more information on setting up a transfer, see Syncing Snippets.
Perform automatic backups of TextExpander data
TextExpander can automatically create backup copies of your snippets and settings. The backups are created at the frequency you select from the accompanying popup menu (if you have made changes).
If you choose not to have periodic automatic backups, TextExpander updates a single backup each time it starts up.
Backup to folder
By default TextExpander's automatic backup creates a folder called Backups inside the TextExpander folder within your [home]/Library/Application Support folder. You can specify a different location by dragging a folder to the path control, or by double-clicking the path control.
Maximum number of backup files
The oldest backup files will be deleted when the number of backup files exceeds this limit during an automatic backup. Specify "No Maximum" if you don't want any backup files automatically deleted.
TextExpander uses an automatic updating service to alert you when new releases of TextExpander are available. By default, TextExpander will check daily for updates, but you can modify that to hourly, weekly or monthly.
The update service also collects anonymous system profile information, which helps us better plan the ongoing development of TextExpander. If you do not wish to share this information, uncheck the box.
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