Expert options

Expert settings provide extra flexibility for special applications:

  • Do you want to abandon the trailing autotext delimiter after pasting a phrase?
  • Do you want to define specific leading/trailing autotext delimiters?
  • Shall autotexts only be recognized within a word or only following a number?
  • Do you want different text insertions depending on upper vs. lower case autotext?
Autotext delimiters

PhraseExpress monitors your keyboard input for any autotext matches. Technically, a 'separate word' is defined as entered text at the beginning of a sentence or text that follows or is followed by a space, punctuation mark, comma and semicolon, TAB or ENTER.

The character required before an autotext (leading delimiter) is called Prefix. The character which must follow the autotext (trailing delimiter) to trigger an action is called Postfix:

Prefix/PostfixExplanation

None (available for postfix only)

There is no character required following the autotext. An autotext is recognized immediately after entering the last character of the autotext.

There is any character required before/after the autotext.

The autotext must follow/be followed by the default characters as defined as "default leading/trailing delimiters" (as defined in the expert options).

The autotext must follow/be followed by the ENTER / SPACE / TAB-key.

The autotext must follow/be followed by any letter from a-z/A-Z or number 0-9

If you select this option, an input dialog allows you to define a custom set of delimiters.

Do not separate the characters with any other characters. Simply enter them one after another without any separator. Any separator, such as a comma or space, would itself be interpreted as a delimiter.

You cannot enter the ENTER- or TAB-key here. Instead use #13 for ENTER and #9 for the TAB-key.

Example prefix/postfix settings:
PrefixPostfixExplanationNotes

An autotext such as 'eth' is only recognized when entered as a separate word. It is ignored in 'Ethan', within 'methane' and in the end of the word 'Beth'.

This is the default setting and recommended for most purposes.

The autotext example 'eth' is recognized everywhere, e.g. in 'Ethan', within 'methane' and in the end of the word 'Beth'.

This option is suitable e.g. to correct mixed letters at any position of a word. Careful use is of this option is recommended as such autotext may be recognized inadvertently.

The autotext example 'eth' is only recognized in the beginning of a word such as 'Ethan' but ignored within 'methane' or 'Beth'.

This option is suitable e.g. to correct mixed letters at the beginning of a word only.

The autotext example 'eth' is only recognized in the end of a word such as 'Beth' but ignored within 'methane' or in the beginning of 'Ethan'.

This option is suitable e.g. to correct mixed letters at the end of a word.

Case sensitive autotext

If option "Case sensitive autotext" is unset, PhraseExpress automatically adapts the letter case of the output depending on the first entered autotext letter:

AutoCaps
  • Enter the first letter of the autotext lower case, to insert a phrase beginning with lower case.
  • Begin the autotext with upper case and PhraseExpress will insert the phrase beginning with upper case.
Examples:
Keyboard inputPhrase contentsPasted text
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MaxmaximumMaximum
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SmartCaps feature requirements:
  • Phrases must begin with lower case.
  • Autotext must be lower case.
  • Autotext must not exist in a separate lower and upper-case variation.
  • Autotext option "Case sensitive autotext" must be disabled.
  • The all caps feature must be configured under Expert Options » Text insertion.
Manual confirmation

Phrases are inserted automatically by default if you trigger the phrase by entering its associated autotext.

If you activate option "Manual confirmation", phrases are offered in a popup menu:

Execute Optionally

Press the customizable hotkey TAB to insert the phrase or continue typing to make the menu disappear automatically.

Remove trailing delimiter

If you do not want to output the trailing delimiter after phrase insertion, select "Remove trailing delimiter".

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