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Pedro Castro Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 3.6
PhraseExpander is an automation tool aimed to save your time when typing texts, starting programs, filling forms or opening web pages. This application can be used from any other program, as it can be set to start along with the system and stay hidden in the System Tray, while it monitors the text you type or the items you copy to the clipboard.
This way, it will be correcting your spelling mistakes and suggesting auto-text phrases.
The application has two different levels of difficulty, which depend on the task. Thus, using the auto-text features is far easier than creating phrases and managing glossaries. The program has a nice interface, in which the functions related to glossary management and those needed for editing phrases appear in different tabs. Fortunately, it is well documented and even provides sample glossaries.
Glossary is an important concept to understand when using this tool, because they are actually databases in which the elements are stored. The application allows importing and exporting them as separate files, and the same linked glossary can be shared by various networked computers. Moreover, you can download several free glossaries from the Internet.
The program automates several tasks and in this respect, it goes beyond the built-in auto-text features available in some Office applications. Besides completing repetitive text and paragraphs or autocompleting long or difficult-to-type terms, the program can open your favorite website, fill customizable text templates and perform web searchers. As it allows you to use macros, you can expand the repertoire of automated tasks by writing a few lines of code. For instance, you can use a macro to perform chained operations, such as opening an application, inserting text into it and then closing it.
In addition, the program can watch your clipboard and keep a record of your operations. It can also suggest phrases that may logically continue the text you are typing or calculate mathematical expressions as you type them.
In fewer words, PhraseExpander is an excellent helper for people who want to increase their productivity. Unfortunately, creating personalized glossaries is not always an easy task and will usually take a lot of time. However, if this application is used wisely, you will soon make up for the time spent on that.


  • It has a nice intuitive interface.
  • It is well documented.
  • It allows sharing and downloading glossaries.
  • It lets you program macros.
  • It can watch your clipboard.


  • Creating personalized glossaries can be time-consuming.
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What's new in version 4.4

- Added shortcut (F11) to toggle the preview window in manual input
- The context menu was not positioned properly in the suggestions window.
- When moving phrases, the list of target glossaries was not displayed in the proper order.

What's new in version 4.2

v. (June 3, 2014)
New features
Added tag in the static configuration file to force PhraseExpander to always use the Clipboard when sending text.
Easily create a numbered list from Manual Input when selecting more than 1 item.
Ability to navigate back and forth between the last selected phrases and autocorrects.
Ability to use variables inside Manual Input. They will be properly processed when the phrase is inserted.
Ability to populate the default values of a manual input from the phrases contained in a glossary or group.
Added new Checked Dropdown Manual Input, with support for multiple selections.
Ability to go to the parent glossary that contains the selected phrase when more than one glossary is selected.
Added CTRL H shortcut to select the All Phrases or All Autocorrects glossary
Add CTRL P shortcut to hide/display group contents in the phrase view.
Changing the hotkey for a glossary, group or phrase now requires a single click (instead of a double-click).
Add Phrase dialog now displays a preview of the text that has been added.
The suggestions window can now display up to 1,000 items (instead of 500).
The Clipboard History hotkey can be also changed from the Options / Hotkeys pane.

In a single manual input, the dropdown button used to choose items from the clipboard is not displayed until the form is resized.
Moving between Manual Input macros from the Manual Input dialog was not working properly when changing the contents of the macro.
When executing a phrase that contains Manual Input, editing of manual input is not working properly if Easy View is set.
The Manual Input dialog was not displayed properly at high DPI (150%).
PhraseExpander window size and layout was not restored properly if the main window was maximized.
Tooltips where not displayed when editing autocorrects.
Cannot add a new autocorrect if no Autocorrect glossary exists.
Fixed crash when importing malformed CSV files.
Custom Format for Manual Input was not working properly with grid selection.

Publisher's description

PhraseExpander is a program that makes data entry easy, fast and accurate for doctors and customer care specialists. You can store all the phrases you use often and get them at the touch of a button. You can also insert the phrases you use often or import them from MS Word, Excel or other applications.

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    Virens Last year

    PhraseExpander is a good shortcut writing tool for useful tasks at websites.

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