I use many text phrases over and over again. This happens when I write emails, a business letter or reply to a private message in a forum. If you are tired of writing "Thank you for your email", "Yours sincerely" or a signature over and over again you might want to take a look at the free software Phrase Express.
While you can sometimes use built-in automation, for instance for email signatures, you may want to use the program if you need a versatile option, for instance if you need to switch between multiple signatures regularly or different programs that you use.
You can use Phrase Express to paste commonly used phrases into any text field easily. The program adds some of its own at the beginning but the real beauty is the flexibility of it. It is possible to create a folder and text structure that works best for you. You can for instance create folders for business, private and forums and add as many phrases as you want to those folders.
You may then paste those phrases by either right-clicking the system tray icon and selecting the phrase from the menu or by assigning hotkeys to folders or single phrases. The second method is of course a lot faster than the first.
Phrase Express offers several other features that make it a great software. It can automatically expand abbreviations in some programs and append a signature with a random quote as well. The spell checker is another feature which unfortunately does not work in Firefox or Thunderbird at the time of writing.
You may disable the Capslock key to avoid pressing it unknowingly as well. The program can be very helpful if you use phrases over and over again when you are working on your computer.
I reply to about 20 emails per day plus numerous private messages on various forums and I was always looking for a program that would let me paste phrases that I always used. Guess what, Phrase Express saves me a lot of time everyday.
Note: Phrase Express is available as a freeware for non-commercial use. You need to buy the standard or professional version of the program instead if you want to use it in a commercial environment.
More than three years have passed since this initial review and a lot has changed in that time. Phrase Express 8 is still available as a (limited) free version that offers the following functionality:
Phrase Express users will notice the changes right away. Especially the new system-wide spelling correction and new TypoLearn feature need some explanation.
Phrase Express 8 can correct spelling mistakes in all applications on the computer system. The spelling correction in previous versions was limited to select programs.
Even better is the new TypoLearn feature which will automatically detect common typos of the user. The module learns from the corrections and will add the typo and correction to its database to offer the use the corrected item right away when a typo is made.
Another interesting feature is the ability to launch applications from within any text field. Applications are added to the list of supported programs with a right-click and the selection of Open With Phrase Express. They are from that moment on available for text launching
Phrase Express can import existing Microsoft Word AutoCorrect entries so that they can be used in any program, not just in Microsoft Office applications.
Users can add custom spelling corrections and auto-text entries to expand abbreviations automatically.
Phrase Express can remember all Windows Clipboard items and optionally remove text formatting from entries stored in the clipboard.
While it has been primarily been designed for use with text phrases and words, it can also be used for web development purposes and coding to auto complete and fill often used coding snippets.
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