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WordExpander increases your productivity by inserting frequently used text phrases into any Windows application. Simply type the text shortcut, and WordExpander expands it into the full phrase.
WordExpander can suggest words and phrases as you type: If you type in a shortcut in any application, the program will suggest suitable phrases for auto-completions .
Windows 7 hides task tray icons by default.
Please make sure to change the task tray icon setting so that the WordExpander icon is always shown in the tray as it displays important program status information.
WordExpander monitors all keystrokes pressed on your computer to provide its system-wide functionality.
If you enter a text on your keyboard that matches with a shortcut associated to any phrase in your libraries, WordExpander shows up with suitable suggestions.
Key presses are an endless stream of typed-in letters. WordExpander resets the input stream buffer whenever...
All your WordExpander data is stored in one central XML file. This single file can contains two sorts of "libraries":
...the list of phrases with their associated shortcuts. A phrase will be expanded after manual confirmation after the associated shortcut has been entered.
Phrase libraries allow you to organize large numbers of phrases. You can easily activate/disable individual phrase libraries.
Disabled libraries are excluded from the shortcut recognition.
...a list of misspelled words and their corrections.
AutoCorrects are used to automatically correct misspellings as you type. This library type is not meant to expand short text to full sentences but only to correct typos.
Autocorrects are triggered automatically after entering the complete misspelled word followed by a trailing delimiter (SPACE, ENTER or punctuation marks). This is the main difference to shortcuts of phrases in the phrase library. Those are only triggered if manually confirmed.
You can create a new phrase in two ways:
A phrase consists of following elements:
The suggestion popup shows up next to your cursor whenever phrase shortcuts match with your text input.
By default, the hint equals the beginning of the phrase but you can also define a custom hint.
If multiple suggestions are shown, you can navigate to the desired item by using the arrow up/down keys or by pressing the accelerator (number 1 to 9).
Multiple items are narrowed down as you type.
You can confirm your selection by pressing the confirmation key (SHIFT by default). The entered shortcut will then be replaced with the associated phrase.
The suggestion popup automatically disappears if you continue to type or if you press the ESC key.
You get additional options if you right-click an item in the suggestion popup.
The WordExpander tray icon sits in the bottom right of your desktop which is the main hub to control the program:
If the icon is gray-colored, it indicates that the shortcut detection is currently disabled. CTRL-Click it to reactive shortcut detection.
You can easily share your phrases in an enterprise network environment.
We strongly recommend to launch WordExpander automatically with your system as the program can be intuitively used only, if you don't need to manually launch it in the moment you need it. WordExpander has a very small memory-footprint and you can safely let it run in the background.
To launch WordExpander automatically with your system, just copy a program short-cut into your Windows Autostart folder.
Exit the WordExpander program if it is still running and click.
If the Uninstaller informs the user that WordExpander is still running while there is no WordExpander tray icon, then press CTRL-SHIFT-ESC to open the task manager, switch to the tab "Processes", highlight the process 'WordExpander.exe' and force the program to quit by clicking on the 'End Process' button.
This section should help you quickly help you to solve any issue with WordExpander with a step-by-step procedure:
Please visit our technical support section for any technical problem that cannot be solved by above tips, please.