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Create TextExpander Snippets on the Fly

Make new snippets really quickly! First, set a hotkey combination for making new snippets:

  1. Go to TextExpander > Preferences > Hotkeys.
  2. Click the "Click to Set Hotkey" button next to "Create Snippet from Clipboard."
  3. Press a hotkey combination when prompted.

Once you have your hotkey, use it to make snippets with these steps:

  1. Copy desired snippet text to the clipboard.
  2. Press your hotkey combination. A window opens with your snippet's content filled in.
  3. Add an abbreviation to your snippet.
  4. Click Done.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 31-Aug-09

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Good "Beginning Mac for Seniors" book? Readers suggest Mac how-to books that focus on the basics. (7 messages)


Optical drive replacement -- Replacing components such as optical drives can be done inexpensively if you do it yourself. (12 messages)


Crop PDF pages: Preview bug? Alternatives? When Preview crops a PDF only in the printed result, it's actually a feature (non-destructive editing). (3 messages)


Snow Leopard pricing: Are they kidding? Readers debate the significantly higher price tag for the Mac Box Set compared to the regular update for Snow Leopard. (42 messages)


OS X 10.6 Contains AV Software! Is the improved File Quarantine feature in Snow Leopard the same as running antivirus software? (7 messages)


iLife 09 and iWork 09 in "the box" compared to out of it -- Are the versions of iLife and iWork that are included in the Mac Box Set different than their standalone counterparts? We don't think so. (3 messages)


CS3 not support in Snow Leopard -- Although Adobe Creative Suite 3 isn't supported under Snow Leopard, it still works; Adobe just isn't offering official development on the discontinued suite. (5 messages)


What is technological literacy? (A public conversation) -- Spawned from the previous week's active discussion about living in a "post-literate" society, this thread tries to define what "technological literacy" is. (15 messages)


Snow Leopard and an External Trackpad? Do any companies still offer external trackpads for Macs, and if so, would they support Apple's trackpad gestures? (8 messages)


New iMac 24" -- How difficult is it to install a higher-capacity hard drive into an iMac? (3 messages)


PGP incompatible with OSX 10.6 -- PGP has announced that none of its products is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Is the company out of step with the Mac, or is waiting for a final release version the better course of action? (7 messages)


Snow Leopard Text Replacement Strings -- Readers try to figure out how to add more items to Snow Leopard's text-replacement feature without having to enter each one manually. (3 messages)


Text Replacements in OS X Snow Leopard -- This is a follow-up thread that offers step-by-step instructions for importing the TidBITS Autocorrect Dictionary into Snow Leopard. (1 message)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>