Did you ever discover a piece of software that is so simple and so useful that it almost seems amazing that it isn’t standard on everyone’s computer? This past weekend while reading Lifehacker, I saw a reference to a free text-replacement tool called Texter that they created and were hyping up. After reading all of the positive comments, I decided to take it for a spin.
The tool cuts down on keystrokes by replacing a keystroke pattern with a pre-defined string of text. For example, I use the phrase “Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll be happy to help” in almost all of my customer service emails. In Texter, I defined the pattern lmk+ followed by the tab key. Any time I need to type that sentence now, I just type lmk+ tab and the text is outputted into my email, turning 70 keystrokes into 5.
It uses almost no resources while it runs in the background, and can replace text in any software that you are running. You can use it for email, forum posts, instant messaging, programming, writing, or pretty much anything else you do that involves typing the same thing repeatedly. It even keeps lifetime “stats” that show you how many keystrokes and how much time you’ve saved by using it!
Pretty cool eh?