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October 14, 2023

How to Use Text Replacement in Windows 10

Many people spend a lot of their time typing the same things over and over. These repetitive keystrokes can be avoided by using a text expander (or text shortcuts), which monitors your keyboard and triggers rules when you type specific characters. When these rules are triggered, your computer replaces the original text with a longer phrase that you have programmed it to substitute for it. This saves you tons of time and keystrokes.

The Windows operating system includes a basic text expansion feature called AutoText and a more advanced text expansion feature called AutoCorrect. These tools are easy to use and will expand your words or phrases as you type, but they have several limitations. First of all, they only work within the applications where you set them up. Secondly, they don't offer a complete set of features like reusable snippets, text formatting, and word completion. Thirdly, they don't work with a full range of keyboards.

Luckily, there are third-party text expansion apps that offer better solutions to these problems. One of these is Beeftext, which provides a full-featured, open-source text expansion app that works with any keyboard and can be run on any Windows platform.

To create a new text shortcut, launch Beeftext and press the + key to open the "Add Shortcut" window. Enter your desired shortcut in the "Shortcut" field and the text to be replaced in the "Replace with" field. Then, click the "Add" button to save your new shortcut.