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Monday Productivity Pointers

with Jess Stratton and Garrick Chow and Nick Brazzi

Video: TextExpander for Mac

Hi there. I am Jess Stratton and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. In an earlier version of Monday Productivity, I showed you how you can use text expansion in a Microsoft Word Document and how to expand all sorts of long pieces of text, like paragraphs, and even include images and tables. Well, in this video, I'm going to show you how you can expand that to your entire operating system using a text expansion app. Now in this particular video, I'm going to be focusing on the Mac using an app called TextExpander.
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    1. Setting up an automatic login for Windows and Mac NEW
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    2. 1m 11s
      1. Welcome back to Monday Productivity Pointers!
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    3. 16m 55s
      1. The Pomodoro technique
        6m 31s
      2. Using accessibility tools to enhance productivity on Mac and Windows
        7m 36s
      3. Designating a Facebook heir
        2m 48s
    4. 17m 32s
      1. Using an Amazon filler app to qualify for free shipping
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      2. Using the free version of GoToMeeting
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      3. Creating mind maps
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      4. Working with a touch app on a Windows 8 desktop PC
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    5. 10h 56m
      1. Running a group meeting with coworkers
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      2. Recording and marketing chat on air
        8m 30s
      3. Creating a quick presentation
        5m 37s
      4. Presenting from an iPad or computer
        3m 36s
      5. Migrating your accounts to Mint.com
        9m 55s
      6. Setting budgets and goals
        7m 4s
      7. Collaborating on team documents
        5m 53s
      8. Creating an online photo gallery
        4m 58s
      9. Kickstarter: Setting up your project
        10m 41s
      10. Driving traffic to your project
        5m 48s
      11. Conducting a voice call with a virtual team
        6m 40s
      12. Adding video and chat notifications
        4m 7s
      13. Accepting a payment with Square
        4m 35s
      14. Using the Square Wallet
        2m 32s
      15. Setting up shop on Etsy
        6m 31s
      16. Tracking your Etsy sales with Shop Stats
        4m 9s
      17. Raising your Klout score
        7m 3s
      18. Earning Klout perks
        4m 55s
      19. Skydrive: Collaborating on team documents
        4m 56s
      20. Skydrive: Accessing files on the go
        2m 57s
      21. Setting up Google alerts to track your data
        5m 5s
      22. Removing a page from the Google search index
        4m 42s
      23. Browsing privately in public
        4m 38s
      24. Cleaning up your session before logging out
        5m 8s
      25. Troubleshooting a remote computer with TeamViewer
        3m 42s
      26. Taking screenshots from a PC
        4m 12s
      27. Taking screenshots from a Mac
        3m 36s
      28. Setting up Find My iPhone
        3m 36s
      29. Using iCloud to find an iPhone
        3m 49s
      30. Sampling color from the screen
        5m 27s
      31. Using ColourLovers.com for inspiration
        3m 22s
      32. Get an audio clip onto YouTube using iPhoto
        5m 49s
      33. Creating playlists and customizing your YouTube channel
        5m 41s
      34. Record your screen using QuickTime
        3m 14s
      35. Record your screen using CamStudio
        2m 34s
      36. Using Tempo Smart Calendar when you are going to be late
        3m 9s
      37. Using Twist to let your customers know where you are
        3m 38s
      38. Using Wunderlist to track multiple projects
        9m 0s
      39. Use the Wunderlist browser extension to create tasks on the web
        5m 46s
      40. Using Smart Mailboxes with Mac Mail
        6m 52s
      41. Customizing the Mac Mail View
        7m 13s
      42. What's a firewall?
        7m 36s
      43. What is the Cloud?
        4m 42s
      44. Creating your own recipe with IFTTT
        7m 19s
      45. Browsing existing recipes with IFTTT
        5m 7s
      46. Installing the Feedly browser extension
        6m 34s
      47. Customizing Feedly
        6m 53s
      48. Understanding the basics of Twitter
        9m 9s
      49. Using Tweetdeck to handle multiple accounts
        9m 14s
      50. Working with URL Shorteners
        5m 45s
      51. Using bit.ly
        8m 31s
      52. Creating Quick Parts to re-use text
        6m 19s
      53. Moving your Autotext to a new computer
        6m 7s
      54. Shutting off access to social networks
        6m 18s
      55. Hiding taskbars
        2m 36s
      56. Exploring the iOS 7 Update
        10m 7s
      57. Running a productive online meeting
        3m 44s
      58. Getting meeting minutes faster
        6m 47s
      59. TextExpander for Mac
        7m 6s
      60. Breevy for Windows
        3m 44s
      61. Using Smart Folders on a Mac
        5m 52s
      62. Using Windows Libraries
        4m 25s
      63. Finding large attachments in your email apps
        5m 13s
      64. Use Ninite to install all your PC apps at once
        3m 30s
      65. Use Get Mac Apps to install your Mac apps at once
        2m 56s
      66. Creating a disposable email address with Guerrilla mail
        4m 7s
      67. Creating an email address that lasts only 10 minutes
        3m 16s
      68. Finding and adding local vendors to enhance your iOS reminders
        3m 45s
      69. Adding geofencing to Find My Friends
        3m 20s
      70. Turning a Word document contract into a PDF
        4m 1s
      71. Turning a PowerPoint presentation into a PDF
        4m 10s
      72. Resetting browser site passwords
        7m 11s
      73. Disabling toolbars, resizing screens, and accidentally closed tabs
        7m 42s
      74. Identifying your wifi's weakest link
        7m 59s
      75. Setting up dual band speed on your router
        7m 36s
      76. Add your social media activity to your website
        8m 54s
      77. Using WordPress mobile to update on the go
        4m 48s
      78. Matching the header row on your spreadsheet files
        8m 20s
      79. Using a formula to merge first and last name columns
        5m 58s
      80. Using JoliDrive to browse cloud app data
        5m 11s
      81. Using JoliDrive on an iPad
        4m 31s
      82. Finding deals on eBay using misspelled listings
        4m 18s
      83. Searching for promotional and coupon codes online
        5m 52s
      84. Sending real postcards from your computer with Postagram
        4m 25s
      85. Using Postagram to send a real postcard from your smartphone
        3m 55s
      86. Getting to Inbox Zero
        11m 4s
      87. Using existing GMail labels with Mailbox
        3m 19s
      88. Adding 2-step authentication
        3m 39s
      89. Enabling in-app PIN codes
        3m 31s
      90. Accessing your digital movies
        5m 20s
      91. Copying movies onto a device
        3m 25s
      92. Using Genius Scan to scan your documents
        3m 34s
      93. Sending your scans
        2m 41s
      94. Using Acrobat to ink sign a PDF
        4m 49s
      95. Writing a letter of recommendation
        7m 49s
      96. Constructing a successful press release
        4m 48s
      97. Troubleshooting wireless security
        4m 48s
      98. Writing a claim letter
        5m 22s
      99. The best reasons to try online chat customer service
        5m 9s
      100. How to do a firmware update
        6m 34s
      101. Siri, your iPhone assistant
        4m 48s
      102. Writing an email that gets read
        4m 51s
      103. Writing an email that requires action
        2m 54s
      104. Your Blu-ray questions answered
        3m 50s
      105. Using LittleBit to photograph your goal progress
        3m 9s
      106. Exporting WordPress blog entries
        3m 28s
      107. Understanding how Office 365 works
        5m 9s
      108. Using Waze for crowdsourced GPS
        2m 58s
      109. Downloading your Facebook timeline
        3m 10s
      110. Scheduling email with Boomerang
        4m 24s
      111. Google Labs for Calendar
        2m 58s
      112. Finding missing songs in iTunes on your iPhone
        2m 10s
      113. Requesting your Twitter archive
        2m 59s
      114. Using Doodle for easy group scheduling
        4m 59s
      115. Easily remote to another computer with Join.me
        3m 47s
      116. Keyboard shortcuts for YouTube
        2m 58s
      117. Easily annotate images with Skitch
        6m 4s
      118. Get your Google Calendar schedule by email every morning
        3m 3s
      119. Blurring photos for posting on social networks
        6m 41s
      120. Migrating to Google Apps
        9m 31s
      121. Using supplemental To Do apps
        3m 43s
      122. Getting alerts for Amazon price drops
        2m 36s
      123. Four tips to teach kids about websites
        8m 19s
      124. Caring for family members from afar
        4m 39s
      125. Using Google Sheets to make templates
        4m 35s

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12h 16m Appropriate for all Mar 25, 2013 Updated Aug 24, 2015

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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Learn about topics ranging from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.

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Business Education + Elearning
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iOS
Authors:
Jess Stratton Garrick Chow Nick Brazzi

TextExpander for Mac

Hi there. I am Jess Stratton and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. In an earlier version of Monday Productivity, I showed you how you can use text expansion in a Microsoft Word Document and how to expand all sorts of long pieces of text, like paragraphs, and even include images and tables. Well, in this video, I'm going to show you how you can expand that to your entire operating system using a text expansion app. Now in this particular video, I'm going to be focusing on the Mac using an app called TextExpander.

Don't worry, Windows users. The next video is just for you. With TextExpander on the Mac, you can do things like quickly input your home address. You can even create hyperlinks out of copied URLs that you've copied into your clip board. With just a key code, you can expand text all over the operating system. So I'm going to show you some cool things that you can do with text expander. To find and download TextExpander, open your browser to smilesoftware.com/textexpander.

This is going to bring you to a site, where you can download the free trial to see what it can do for you. I've already done that. So I'm going to open up TextExpander and show you how to do some basic configuration. Now, to know that TextExpander is running, I can see that in the top right hand side of my Mac, the words t and e are in the little icon. This means that TextExpander is now listening for any key words that I might be typing. Anywhere in my operating system. So here's the main TextExpander screen.

The first thing that I can do is play around with the built in items that they've given me. For example, I can have a signature file appear whenever I type this particular phrase. Whenever I type ;sig1, this will pop up on the screen. Now remember, I can type in ;sig1 anywhere on my operating system. Whether I'm using the browser, whether I'm using an email program, it doesn't matter.

So I can put in my signature file. And now I can move on to the next items. I can put in a default URL that I find myself typing often, and I can have this pop up whenever I type ;web. I can do the same thing with my home address, phone number, even my email. I can have more than one e-mail too. For example, I can have ;EM1, and I can create a new one at any time by clicking this plus at the bottom left hand side, and clicking New Snippet.

I can also have it automatically put in today's date. And the really neat thing, as you can actually have TextExpander fill in forms for you. The example that it gives is actually something that I could find myself using if you work with a Non-profit. This is an example of when you might want to fill in a form. So the default that they give you is a donation thanks. Clicking on that will show you that it's a template of some text. Now, anytime you see this number sign, fill text, name equals person, this is a fill in field so that you're going to get prompted every time you use this shortcut to fill in the names.

They're using this as an example, of somebody that gets numerous donations to their organization. It's a very huge time expense, to always type out the same thank you letter to these people. So with TextExpander, you can fill in all the values that you need for your email, an send it out quickly. You could also put it into a Word document if you wanted to print it out and mail it instead of sending out an email. Because remember, this works anywhere on the computer. So let's see these things in actions so that you can actually make some sense out of what it can do for you.

I'll just be working in my mail for now, because it's a quick way to show you what it can do. I'll create a new mail. So let's start using some of these items. For example, if I wanted to put in my signature file, I can come down here and type my shortcut, ;sig1. You'll notice that my ;sig1 went away. I didn't even have to hit the enter key. Right away my text got populated in. I could also put in my website if you find yourself typing that all the time. You'll notice that it put it in. Again, I didn't have to hit enter.

It also makes a little noise every time it autofills something, just so you're aware of it. I can put in the home address. The neat thing is, as you saw with the website, I can do it inline according to where I'm working. I can do it on the same line, it doesn't even have to be in its own paragraph. Anywhere I type that particular key combination, it's going to get replaced with this particular text. So let's look at how our fill in fields would work. Remember that donation form that they gave us as an example? Let's see that in action. I can type THXDON.

That was the hot key. Once I type that in, you can see the fill-in forms that, that formula that we saw earlier created. So every time I type this particular key combination, I'm going to get this particular form so I can put in the values that I want each time I use it. I can type the name. I can type the donation amount and I can select from a pulldown of what the funds are going to be used for. I click OK. The e-mail gets populated and I can even go one step further, take this last line out.

And put in my signature file. So as you can see, that was a very quick way to create an entire email. And remember, you could have also populated that into a Word document. So that's a little bit of what TextExpander can do for you. It's a great way to put into a long URL and a browser. Remember you can open up a browser and go to a site and put in that site very quickly with our ;web. There's lots of things that you can do. I recommend you download TextExpander and play around with all the snippets that you can add to it.

In the next video I'll show you what your options are for TextExpander if you're a window's user.

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