The idea behind TextExpander is simple: it substitutes something you type (usually something short) with something else (usually longer and more complicated) in almost any situation where you can enter text. Although I’ll present a simple example in this chapter, TextExpander substitutions, called snippets, can be complex and extraordinarily helpful: they can include formatted text, images, the current date or time, fields where you fill in information on the fly, the clipboard contents, and more. They can even move the insertion point and run scripts.
But first, some basics. In this chapter, I tell you how to: