This documentation refers to PhraseExpress v17 beta. The documentation for the production version 16 is available here.

Phrase content

The phrase content consists of text and bitmaps that can be inserted into any target application.

You can type in text or drag & drop bitmaps into the phrase contents input box or have artificial intelligence generate text.

Phrases can have text formatting (italic, bold, etc.). To remove text formatting, right-click into the phrase content box and select "Remove Formatting".

The formatting status is indicated by the phrase icon in the phrase tree:


  • Phrase without text formatting and without bitmaps.
  • Phrase formatting adapts current formatting of the target document/application.
  • Efficient and memory resource friendly.
  • The text formatting automatically adapts to the formatting in the target application.

We recommend preferring plain text for maximum flexibility and compatibility.

  • Phrases with formatted text, tables and/or bitmaps.
  • Requires more space in the phrase database .

Use only, if text formatting, tables or bitmaps are required.

  • Support for Microsoft Word specific text formatting, Word macro placeholders and embedded contents (such as Excel spreadsheets), etc.
  • Requires more file space. Slower operation as Microsoft Word is launched in the background to insert or edit Microsoft Word formatted phrases.

No support of PhraseExpress macro functions or functions that alter the phrase contents (e.g. duplicate search, search & replace, bulk editing features).

Requires locally installed Microsoft Word.

We recommend avoiding this formatting option unless the specific Microsoft Word formatting is essential.

Press CTRL+ENTER for a page break or SHIFT+ENTER for a line-break. To enter a non-breaking space, press CTRL+SPACE

A few characters cannot be used in the phrase content directly. For example, the character sequence {# must be entered with three leading backslahses \\\{#. Those three backslashes will not be output but just used internally by PhraseExpress. Following characters must be "escaped" with leading backslashes:

Desired characterRequired escape sequence





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