How to trigger a phrase
Once phrases are stored in PhraseExpander, you can trigger them in 3 different ways from any application.
In this article
This is the most common method.
To set it up, you need to associate an abbreviation to the phrase by typing it in the abbreviation text box.
When you type, PhraseExpander will display a little label near the cursor to remind you of the phrases associated with the letters you have typed.
There are two ways to set up the abbreviation:
- With confirmation: after you have typed the abbreviation, you'll need to press SHIFT (or the chosen confirmation key) to insert the phrase.
- Instant execution: when you can enable this option for the phrase (by clicking on the orange bolt icon), no confirmation key is required, and the phrase is triggered immediately after the last letter of the abbreviation is typed.
You can assign a keyboard shortcut to a phrase, so it's triggered after typing a key sequence, for example, CTRL + SHIFT + F4
Trigger a phrase by selecting it from its group
- Assign an abbreviation (or shortcut) to a group to display all the phrases it contains.
- Execute the phrase by typing the abbreviation of the group, selecting the desired phrase one by selecting, and confirm by pressing the SHIFT key.
If you don't remember the abbreviation for a specific phrase or you want to search for all the phrases you have defined, you can use the Quick Find.
Open the Quick Find by pressing the ALT+ SPACE shortcut
Type the text that you want to search
Press SHIFT to enter the text in the active application
If you want to change the key combination used to trigger Quick Find, go to File → Options → Keyboard Shortcuts