Installation

PhraseExpress is installed like most regular programs on a Mac:

  1. Download the DMG installation file.
  2. Double-click the installation file and move the PhraseExpress symbol onto the Applications folder:

  3. If you have purchased a license, register the license key in PhraseExpress.

Important macOS settings

Due to security mechanisms implemented in macOS, PhraseExpress requires some settings on your Mac to provide its service:

  1. Open the macOS System Preferences:

  2. Switch to section "Security & Privacy":

  3. Under the "Privacy" tab, click section "Accessibility" on the left, unlock the padlock in the lower left and add PhraseExpress to the list of programs (Video tutorial):



    Make sure that the checkbox is ticked for PhraseExpress. This setting is essentially required to allow PhraseExpress detecting autotext and hotkey input.
  4. If you wish, that PhraseExpress macros can save files on your Mac, optionally click section "Full disk access" and add PhraseExpress to the list of programs:



    Make sure that the checkbox is ticked for PhraseExpress.
  5. On the left, click section "Screen Recording" and add PhraseExpress to the list of programs:



    Make sure that the checkbox is ticked for PhraseExpress. PhraseExpress actually 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.

PhraseExpress never transmits your files or mouse/keyboard input over the internet (see our privacy policy).

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:

  1. Open the macOS System Preferences:

  2. Open section Keyboard:

  3. Switch to section "Text" and either uncheck "Correct spelling automatically" or delete the autotexts that you intend to use in PhraseExpress:

  4. If you wish to use keyboard arrow keys and TAB to conveniently navigate in forms with the keyboard, switch to section "Shortcuts" und set option "Use keyboard navigation...":

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