PhraseExpress is installed like most regular programs on a Mac:
- Download the DMG installation file.
- Double-click the installation file.
- Click and drag the PhraseExpress symbol from left to right onto the Applications folder:
- If you have purchased a license, register the license key in PhraseExpress.
Important macOS settings
Do not skip the following important macOS configuration steps!
Due to security mechanisms implemented in macOS, you need to configure your Mac to enable PhraseExpress providing its service.
If PhraseExpress does not appear in any of the below configuration dialogs, macOS may prompt you when an authorization is actually needed.
Below steps are required for the not only for the initial installation but for each update!
- Open the
- Switch to section
- Under the "Video tutorial):
Make sure that the checkbox is ticked for PhraseExpress. This setting is essentially required to allow PhraseExpress detecting autotext and hotkey input. " tab, click section " " on the left, unlock the padlock in the lower left and add PhraseExpress to the list of programs (
- If you wish, that PhraseExpress macros can save files on your Mac, optionally click section "
Make sure that the checkbox is ticked for PhraseExpress. " and add PhraseExpress to the list of programs:
- On the left, click section "
Make sure that the checkbox is ticked for PhraseExpress. PhraseExpress never 'records' your screen but macOS uses the same permission to allow PhraseExpress switching program focus which is required to switch from PhraseExpress to the target program to insert the desired text template. " and add PhraseExpress to the list of programs:
MacOS may require to uncheck and check above setting again for each PhraseExpress software update. IMPORTANT: If such re-confirmation of the privacy setting is required, you must exit PhraseExpress before re-applying the checkmark in macOS privacy setting as otherwise mouse clicks may not work anymore for unknown reasons. In such case, press the power button for a couple of seconds to perform a system reset. In some cases, you would need to delete the PhraseExpress entries from the list and manually add the back again using the + and - buttons.
Configure macOS autotext
MacOS includes a basic autotext feature that will collide with PhraseExpress if you use the same autotext abbreviations. Do not to use the same abbreviations or consider removing any autotext definitions from macOS autotext: