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First Aid

The maximum storable length should be sufficient for all practical cases.

There is certainly a theoretical maximum length that we have not yet been able to achieve in our tests, though.

Please try the free demo to find out if PhraseExpress is suitable for your tasks.

Don't panic! It is very unlikely, that your phrases are gone - PhraseExpress does not have any function to delete your current phrase file.

Solution for local phrase files:
  • Tell PhraseExpress the phrase file location by loading the phrase file. The default phrase file name is "phrases.pxp". The default phrase file path is described in manual chapter "Storage locations". Please note, that the default path changed beginning with PhraseExpress v13.
  • Deleted phrases can be restored from the recycle bin.
  • If the recycle bin is empty, try to restore an earlier phrase file from the backup.
  • If option "File » Restore" is disabled, experienced Windows users can manually restore a backup from the the back repository with following procedure:

    Video tutorial
    1. Open PhraseExpress Settings » Phrase files.
    2. If option "Backup" is enabled, copy the backup storage path shown into the clipboard.
    3. Close the settings and open Windows file explorer.
    4. Paste the backup storage path you just copied into the explorer address bar and press ENTER.
    5. The Explorer now shows the backup folders for each phrase file. Those begin with the phrase file name, followed by an underscore.
    6. Open the backup folder of the phrase file you wish to restore.
    7. Sort the containing backup files by date or size by clicking on the corresponding column title bar and figure out the phrase backup you wish to restore.
    8. Strip off ".bak" (incl. the period!) from the file extension to get the regular phrase file extension .pxp.
    9. Import this phrase file into PhraseExpress or alternatively load it, after(!) you moved it out of the backup directory into any meaningful phrase file location of your choice.

PhraseExpress is safe!

We are an established company with a track record of more than 20 years and registered in Germany, a country with one of the strictest privacy laws in the world.

PhraseExpress never sends any of your text input or saved phrases anywhere. Period.

You do not even need to trust our statement: You can lock PhraseExpress up in your firewall after license key registration.

Before you install any software, you might want to check, who you are about to trust:

This information should help to gain confidence, that we are no fake company operating in the dark.

PhraseExpress and Security Software

PhraseExpress requires access to your keyboard input to provide the desired functions.

"Antivirus", "AntiMalware" software may inadvertedly interprete the "keyboard hook" which is used to detect keyboard input as a malicious "Keylogger" and block PhraseExpress from recognizing key strokes.

Check if your security software has a "keylogger protection" and consider switching it off or - if available - add PhraseExpress to a white list of authorized applications.

Report False Positives

If your "Security" program blocks PhraseExpress, we kindly ask you to report a false positive, allowing the maker to verify the situation and white-list PhraseExpress in their database:

VendorSubmission options
Norton Antivirus

Submission form

MicrosoftSubmission form
AviraSubmission form
Kaspersky

Submission form

Submission email

ZoneAlarmSee Kaspersky (Zone Alarm uses the same scanner engine)
BitDefenderSubmission form
AVG

Submission form

Submission email

F-SecureSubmission form
AvastSubmission email
SophosSubmission form
ClamAVSubmission form
WatchGuardSubmission form
SpyBot Search&DestroySubmission form
G-DataSubmission form
PrevxSubmission email
KeyScramblerContact email

PhraseExpress supports formatted text and bitmaps in phrases. To turn an unformatted phrase into a formatted phrase, simply start apply formatting, like bold, italic, font changes.

You can export a phrase into a phrase file or as a txt/rtf/doc text file.

Like most software, PhraseExpress includes a software update check to inform you about newer versions.

Newer versions may include critical adjustments, that maybe required because of changes in the operating system or other software.

As updates may be required to prevent data loss, we are obliged by liability laws to inform you about software updates.

If you insist not to update your software at your own risk, you can disable the update check and notification feature in the PhraseExpress settings.

By disabling the update notification, you will not be notified about any critical update anymore.

We strongly recommend to keep your software up-to-date to maintain its operability with future OS updates.

  • If using the Microsoft Edge browser, toggle the option "PhraseExpress Settings » Expert Options » Force focus change".
  • Phrases can be restricted to specific applications. Make sure, that the Autotext is not excluded from the application in which you are trying to use it.
  • PhraseExpress cannot insert text into target programs which have been launched with Administrative privileges. In such case, launch PhraseExpress with Administrative privileges as well by right-clicking the PhraseExpress program icon and selecting "Run as Administrator" from the context menu.
  • Some target applications may have non-standard text input fields, that may prevent external text injection, e.g. programs with high security requirements such as banking software or password depository utilities. Please consult the maker of the program to check whether they intentionally blocked text insertion.
  • PhraseExpress supports a variety of text insertion methods. Please experiment with the paste method settings.
  • Insert the phrase in Windows Notepad or Wordpad. These programs are quite basic with any known interference and a good way to verify, if the target application causes the issue. If PhraseExpress works in Notepad/Wordpad but doesn't work in your target application, it is very likely, that a feature or behavior of the target application is causing the malfunction as PhraseExpress does not discriminate particular applications.

Generally, text input is always received by the program window with active "input focus". Whenever the PhraseExpress phrase menu is triggered, the input focus switches away from the current program to PhraseExpress, enabling you to select the desired phrase. After phrase selection, the focus is switched back to the target program to paste the phrase.

If text is not inserted but you hear beeps or random actions on your desktop, the focus was not switched back to the intended target program.

Potential focus switch problems:
  • 3rd party programs may accidentally step in between the very short moment of switching focus and pasting the phrase into the target program. Examples: Notification popups of 3rd party applications, transparent full-screen overlay windows or poorly programmed background tasks may "steal" the focus. This may cause the text insertion being redirected into "Nirvana".
    Solution: Close any other software in the background to isolate potential incompatibilities or interferences.
  • PhraseExpress may be too fast in pasting the text than Windows is able to switch the focus back to the target application, if the PC is slow or under heavy load.
    Solution: Increase the PhraseExpress focus delay setting.
  • By default, PhraseExpress relies on Windows to switch the focus back to the last known program before PhraseExpress had focus. You may try and enabling the option Settings » text Output » "Force focus change" to make PhraseExpress explicitly set the program focus. If this option was set, try and disable it for testing.
  • Programs may get focus but the application does not set the input focus back to the input box it has before activating application fokus.

    Solutions:
    • Contact the maker of the application and ask for correction. It is out of our reach to change any such 3rd party application behavior.
    • Add PhraseExpress keypress simulation macros to navigate back to the desired input box. E.g., TAB jumps from input box to input box.
General work around in case of focus issues:
  1. CTRL-click a phrase to copy the it into the clipboard, instead of the target application.
  2. Point the input cursor into the target application.
  3. Use CTRL+V to manually paste the clipboard contents.

Slow program start?

With Windows 10 Update to 1903, the "ActiveProtection" feature of Acronis TrueImage software blocks mouse hooks. PhraseExpress uses such mouse hooks to determine the mouse position for displaying text menus at the mouse pointer, for example.

Solution: Consider disabling "ActiveProtection" in Acronis until Acronis provides a bug fix.