A Great Time Saver TextExpander

23 09 2014

I use an online Bible program.  Many times I will copy a passage of Scripture hoping to paste it

TextExpander snippet

TextExpander snippet

into Microsoft Word and the standard “cmd v” will not work. That means going to the edit menu, selecting “Edit” then scrolling to “Paste Special,” that brings up a menu box that gives you the option to “paste plain text.”  Do that 20 or thirty times as you prepare a sermon outline, then the PowerPoint slides and that adds up to hundreds of mouse clicks, and typing.

Well to the rescue is a TextExpander snippet that bypasses all those pesky mouse travels, clicks and typing.  I can instead type ptp and TextExpander will paste the clipboard contents in the style the document is currently using. This is so simple to set up and use that I wish I had known about this 30 years ago when I was in Preacher Training School and college.

The snippet uses TextExpander’s %clipboard command.  You can assign the hotkey abbreviation to whatever you choose.  I will be using this snippet hundreds of times this month alone.  Here is a screen shot of the TextExpander window with the assigned snippet and the abbreviation.

What great timesaving tips can you share?  Do you have an app that you couldn’t make it through the day without using? Tell me about it.