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This productive app will save you thousands of keystrokes each year

Spend less time typing, and more time doing.


Christine Burkson


Published Jul 6, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 12:13 pm CDT

Anyone who’s wasted enough time writing the same email replies and lines of code has probably wished for the ability to copy and paste more than one item at the same time. It’s 2016, and we have driverless cars! Is this simple tech so much to ask for?

No. Thankfully it’s not.

The TextExpander app automatically turns your custom keyboard shortcuts into full text snippets. It can save you thousands of keystrokes each year. With the Life Hacker Plan, you can even sync your snippets across PC, Mac, and iOS.

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The program works by saving any regularly used text and images to your TextExpander collection. You can then add a custom shortcut for each snippet—”sig” for your signature, as one example.

While you work, the app stays in the background, deploying the full snippets whenever you use the shortcuts.

As your collection grows, the app starts reclaiming hours of otherwise wasted time. TextExpander can also autofill forms, insert the current date, and check your writing for typos. Your collection is kept in sync via the Cloud, and available on all three platforms.  

Widely regarded as one of the best productivity apps around, TextExpander is guaranteed to improve your workflow. It’s normally priced at $50, but you can currently get one year of the TextExpander Life Hacker Plan for $19.98. The deal offers 60 percent off, with the option to upgrade to a multi-user license.

Save yourself the trouble and order it here.


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*First Published: Jul 6, 2016, 12:01 pm CDT