PhraseExpress for Windows - Changelog

  • Improved phrase menu experience
  • CapsLock key can now be used as a hotkey
  • Warning if file export is incomplete due to access right restrictions.
  • Improved phrase selection form macro.
  • Tray icon menu option "Restart with administrative rights" when suitable.
  • Phrase files can be pasted into the phrase tree with the clipboard.
  • Optional bitmap auto-resize feature if large bitmaps are pasted into phrases.
  • Cosmetic improvements

  • Support for import of the updated TextExpander file format.
  • Import/Export of entire phrase levels.
  • Form items can be dynamically shown, regardless if they are a mandatory input.
  • Import/Export of formatted phrase into the pxi/pxa format.
  • Date calculation can now also output negative values.
  • Increased tolerance of the keyboard hook against unusual session lock/unlock bursts.
  • Increased tolerance for file system defects.
  • Issues with global variables solved.
  • AutoComplete filter issue solved.

  • Enhanced settings for bitmaps within phrases (right-click bitmap).
  • Improved support for PNG with transparent background.
  • Improved selection menu placement with changed DPI settings.
  • Crash problem when using very high DPI settings under Windows 10.
  • Bugfix when using RegEx expressions in macro functions.
  • Updated documentation URLs.
  • Improved font selection in PhraseExpress editor.
  • Improved arrow key navigation in phrase menu.
  • Fixed rare crash issue on program startup.
  • Improved Microsoft Outlook Add-In installation
  • RTF formatted phrase import from older PhraseExpress versions
  • PhraseExpress can now paste from the tray icon phrase menu, if hidden by Windows
  • Macro source code view (experimental!)
  • Improved phrase insertion cancellation on ESC.
  • Increased max level of nested macros.
  • Improved licensing when using a SQL server.
  • Compatibility improvements for latest Windows 10 update.
  • Improved backwards compatibility with former HTML-formatted phrases.
  • Improved behavior if clipboard contains specific Excel related contents
  • Improved output of linked phrases.
  • #set macro now permanently stores variable contents into phrase file.
  • Notification if Microsoft Word is not installed.
  • Improved Email syntax check
  • Support for Deepl API v2
  • Improved translation of formatted phrases.
  • Improved behavior if hovering the phrase menu with expanded sub-menus.
  • Improved display of comments in phrases.
  • Improved macro parser
  • Solved issue with CTRL-click
  • Improved error handling if macro functions link to non-existing phrases.
  • Improved clipboard access right check of clipboard related macro functions.
  • Support for super-/sub script and striked-through text.
  • Improved processing of linked phrases.
  • Empty items in form input drop-downs and form groups are now hidden.
  • Global variables now support a selection of non-latin characters if using PhraseExpress with a SQL server.
  • Flag "-required" in form input macros is now processed before additional macro processing.
  • Improved syntax check for form input controls.
  • Improved form group output with embedded macro functions.
  • Form item visibility may now contain (basic) macro programming.
  • In rare cases, space characters have not been output if directly prepending macro functions.
  • Caps sensitive autotext issue fixed.
  • Improved display of hints.
  • Improved processing of specific nested macro functions.
  • Deepl language support for Portuguese and Russian.
  • Visibility vs form output processing
  • Nested global vars vs phrase preview.

Compatible with PhraseExpress v3 for Mac

Compatible with PhraseExpress v2 for iOS.

Compatible with Macro Recorder v1.

  • Form input macros now require an output definition (earlier PhraseExpress versions would fall-back to the label definition).
  • Support for advanced Macro Recorder instead Mouse Recorder.
  • Mouse control macros have become redundant with Macro Recorder support and are removed.
  • Expert mode removed from user interface (expert mode features are still available).
  • Support for Firebird SQL Server is deprecated. Please consider using a Microsoft SQL server.

fixFirebird SQL databases could not be opened in rare cases.

fixSolved display issues of phrase menus triggered by autotext.

newImproved display of form hints.

newImproved support for high resolution displays.


newImproved software update check.

newEnhanced compatibility of RichText formatted phrases.


newImproved processing of nested macro function.

newNew command-line parameter -novarman locks access to thevariables manager.


newThe "variables" feature is now available in the Pro Edition and for use with SQL servers.

newPhrase deletions optionally now also deletes any variable, that not used elsewhere.

newVersion history for variables (SQL server only).

newSpecific phrase and variable history versions can now be deleted individually.

newNew macro function "#set" to set temporary or permant variable contents.

newNew optional column "size" in the 3-column view.

newWarning message if a critical phrase file size is reached.

newPrepared support for "Macro Recorder".

newAdded privacy policy information.


newNew experimental "variables" feature in PhraseExpress for Windows to extend macro code for better phrase readability. Please note the important restrictions in the manual.

newThe phrase file restore feature now allows you to restore individual phrases into your current phrase file.

newImproved dialog to resolve version conflicts of shared phrase files.

newNew optional column "phrase size" in the 3-column view.

newWarning message if a critical phrase file size is reached.

newBitmaps can now be inserted into Gmail.

newSlightly rearranged ribbon menu.

fixSolved issue with formatted phrases if using Firebird SQL server.

fixFixed display issues with high resolution screens, introduced with v13.5.8


newImproved phrase menu search function.

fixFixed incompatibility issue with formatted phrases of earlier PhraseExpress versions if using SQL server.

fixFixed issue with phrase menu search feature.

fixFixed minor issues with the #formcheckcombo macro function.


new"Support" button now opens support web page as a fallback if MAPI support is missing.

newLicense key registration and update check now sends encrypted computer/user name.

newImproved update installation routine.

newImproved #check macro function.

newShortened phrase file backup file names to allow for longer phrase file names.

newDetection of “security” programs to offer compatibility troubleshooting tips.

newImproved scrolling through large phrase lists.

fixImportant bug fix if using phrases with tabulators (and tables).

fixFixed issue when editing large macro programmings.

fixTrying to solve rare issues with formatted text phrases.

fixSolved rare issue with optional UDP server search polls.


newImproved navigation in the phrase tree.

newImproved phrase file merge feature.

fixSupport for multiple email recipients if using MAPI.

fixSupport of the & character in the form element labels.


newImproved SQL server connection dialog.

newMacro function #formnum now supports negative default values.

newImproved check for installed "Microsoft Native Client" if using a SQL servers

fixFixed issue with WYSIWYG forms.


PhraseExpress v13 first release

newLicenses are not tied to a specific computer anymore. Licenses are now associated to a person, identified by the Windows user name. Licensing has not changed if PhraseExpress is used with a PhraseExpress/SQL server.This version requires an update of PhraseExpress for Android/iOS/Mac to the latest version.