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User Guide: Adding and Editing Groups


Creating a New Group

  1. Tap + at the bottom of the groups list.
  2. Tap Create New Group.
  3. Enter a new name for your group and tap OK.

A new group will appear in the groups list. Tap on it to add new snippets.

Deleting a Group

  1. Open the groups screen and tap Edit.
  2. Tap the red minus (-) next to a group.
  3. Tap Delete then Done.

Alternately, swipe left over the group then tap Delete and Done.


Adding Predefined Groups

TextExpander touch comes with several useful snippet groups which can be added. Access them from the groups screen.

  1. Tap + at the bottom of the groups list.
  2. Tap Add Predefined.
  3. Tap the name of a group and that group will appear in the Groups list.

Predefined groups include:

  • AutoCorrect
  • Emoji
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Accented Words
  • Symbols
  • Sample Snippets (this sample group comes pre-installed).


Import Groups from Other Devices

If syncing snippets between devices is not an option, snippets can be manually transferred from or to a Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.


  • All devices must be on the same wifi network.
  • TextExpander must be running on each device.
  • On a Mac check the option for Share groups on local network, located in Preferences > Sync.
  • On a mobile device turn on Share Groups, located in the Settings under Local Network Sharing.

Open the Groups list.

Importing Groups

  1. Tap Plus (+) at the bottom of the Groups list.
  2. Tap Add via Local Network.
  3. Tap the device with the snippet group.
  4. Tap a group.
  5. An alert will appear on the Mac or other device. Confirm the transfer by clicking Send.

Sending Groups

  1. Tap on a group.
  2. Tap Info inline with the group to be sent.
  3. Tap Send via Local Network.
  4. Tap the name of the destination device.
  5. An alert will appear on the Mac or other device. Confirm the transfer by clicking Add.

Note: If there is already a group with the same name on that device, an alert will appear to replace the group. This will overwrite the existing group. Choose “Cancel” to avoid overwriting the group.


Add from URL

Add a snippet group hosted online in Dropbox. The group needs to be in TextExpander format, that is, the file ends in .textexpander.

  1. In TextExpander on your Mac, select the snippet group you wish to share, then choose Save a Copy of Group “xxx”… from the File menu. Do not use spaces in the name. For example use “MyGroup.textexpander” rather than “My Group.textexpander.”
  2. Save the snippet group, “xxx.textexpander,” to your Dropbox > Public folder.
  3. Go to the Finder and control-click the file and choose Copy Public Link from the popup menu. A URL will be placed on your clipboard looking something like: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1234567/MyGroup.textexpander.
  4. In TextExpander touch on your iPhone or iPad tap the ‘+’ at the bottom of the Groups list to add a new group. From the menu tap “Add via URL.”
  5. Type or paste in the URL from your Mac, then tap “OK.” You can transfer the URL anyway you wish, for example, write it in the Notes app and have iCloud sync it to your iPhone or iPad.


Editing Groups

Edit a snippet group by tapping Info inline with the group name. This will open a sheet with several options.

  • Rename your group.
  • Ignore on iOS. Switch on to prevent this group from expanding. This is useful for groups which work well on Mac, but not for iPhone and iPad.
  • Duplicate a group. "XXX group copy" will appear at the bottom of the groups list. A predefined group will instead say Make Editable Copy. The predefined groups are not editable. To edit one, instead make a copy to edit then delete the original to prevent snippet conflicts.
  • Send via local network to send a group to another device over the local wifi network. This can be used as a one time transfer, or to share, but not sync, snippets.

Reordering Groups

  1. In the groups screen tap Edit. A dragging handle will appear as three horizontal lines on the far right inline with each snippet group.
  2. Tap and drag a group to a new position. Tap Done to finish.



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