Allow me a moment to reminisce, to look back on all the classes, courses, seminars, and training sessions I’ve endured through the years, starting with a typing class in high school. The single most valuable class was not Math, or Science, or English– it was learning to type. I’m not a hunt and peck guy. I’m not a one-fingered relic from the days of Royal, Olivetti, Smith Corona, Underwood or early IBM electric typewriters. I type fast and with decent accuracy, thanks to a few career choices which took advantage of a mediocre presence in typing class.
Here’s how you can type faster and better than you can actually type. All you need is TextExapnder on your Mac.
In the simplest terms possible, TextExpander is an abbreviation utility. Create a library of useful abbreviations and when you type one into a document, TextExpanders types the whole shebang. That means you can type faster and more accurately because some of what you type has already been written.
All you need to do is to set up appropriate abbreviations.
Then, while you’re typing, simply hit the abbreviation and TextExpander types out the whole word, phrase, sentence, or paragraph. In fact, the most difficult aspect of aText is setting up the abbreviations (and, of course, remembering which ones are which, but there’s a way to cheat and get reminded while you type).
TextExpander makes quick work of standard boilerplate phrases, multiple signatures, and snippets of text which get used again and again, but need to be accurate every time. Do you need to fill in tedious forms? TextExpander does that, too.
Got typos? Of course you do. There are whole websites with examples of autocorrect fixing words or phrases which don’t need to be fixed, but TextExpander lets you create your own autocorrect library, starting with the highly acclaimed TidBit’s AutoCorrect Dictionary with more than 2,000 common typos typed correctly.
Short of typing drills ad nauseam, there’s no better way to improve your typing speed and accuracy. Just make sure to take time to setup aText so it works for you. Creating snippets is tedious, but the end result is greater productivity. Sync your snippets and abbreviations library on iCloud between multiple Macs.
For Mac users who slave over a hot keyboard all day, TextExpander may be the most productive and efficiency building app you can buy. Alight, that said, if you’re on a budget and don’t want an expensive upgrade every few years, try out aText, a similar abbreviation app for about 90-percent less. It’s not as feature laden, of course, and there’s not try-before-you-buy option like there is with TextExpander, but you’ll type faster and more accurately than ever.