To configure PhraseExpress:
Smart people press the general hotkey CMD-, to open settings .
Check-mark "" if you wish to have quick access to PhraseExpress from the macOS dock.
Click "" to re-enable all the dialogs you may have suppressed with "do not show again".
Here you can enable/disable the auto-backup, that is created with every change of the phrase file.
Make sure, that the backup destination has sufficient storage space.
Access frequently used program functions by pressing hotkeys or mouse buttons.
We recommend to use combinations with the CMD and ALT or CTRL key.
Section "Phrase Menu" offers additional hotkey settings.
Check-mark "" if you wish to show the autotext definition for each phrase in the phrase menu.
This is actually not required, because if you need them to memorize the abbreviations, it would be better to just press ALT-SPACE and search for the desired phrase by its description which is more descriptive than an abbreviation.
Theis very important and defines the single key to execute the phrase which is currently hightlighted in a phrase menu.
We recommed to choose a key that is not part of your typical input flow but easy to reach at the same time, e.g. #, ; or TAB.
The ideal key depends on your individual keyboard language layout and we can't make a general recommendation here.
Disclaimer: Don't mess with the expert options unless you are a certified PhraseExpress expert or if expressly asked to configure them.
If PhraseExpress pastes the clipboard instead of the phrase contenty, you may need to increase the "" which defines the delay in milliseconds after PhraseExpress restores the original clipboard contents.
PhraseExpress buffers the current clipboard contents before it uses the clipboard to insert text into an application. The original clipboard content is then restored after the delay specified here. Increase the delay on slow Macs or under heavy CPU load.
The "" specifies the wait time before PhraseExpress pastes the phrase after switching focus to the target application. Increase this delay, if phrases are not pasted properly or into the wrong application.
PhraseExpress can be restricted to specific programs here.
If you feel lost with the settings, you can reset PhraseExpress to "factory defaults":
Reverting to default settings does not delete your phrase file but it may reset the configuration of a custom phrase file location to the default storage location. Just load your phrase file from that custom location to get back to your phrases.