TypeIt4Me User Guide

Get to know TypeIt4Me

This guide will get you up and running with TypeIt4Me. If you’re new to text expansion or even if you’ve used a similar text expander before, it’s a good idea to start here. We recommend at least skimming through these pages to get an overview of the basics before diving in to the app. Later, as you explore TypeIt4Me’s more advanced features, you’ll probably want to better understand how they work and get them to do exactly what you want. You can click on Help in the app to come back and look things up here when you need tips on achieving specific outputs.

Basic Usage

What is TypeIt4me?

An overview of the main TypeIt4Me app window

Abbreviations, snippets and sets

How to get TypeIt4Me to type something for you

How to stop TypeIt4Me from typing stuff for you

Where and when does TypeIt4Me type?

App Settings (Global)

  • General
  • Triggers
  • Expansion
  • AutoCorrect
  • App Rules
  • Hot Keys
  • Sync
  • Backups

Advanced Usage

Special functions

  • Insert dates and times
    • Insert the date
    • Insert the time
    • Apply date and time mathematics
  • Position the cursor after expanding a snippet
  • Type backspaces, TABs, carriage returns and soft returns
  • Paste the contents of the clipboard
  • Include placeholders, prompts and menu options in snippets
    • Add a single-line input field prompt
    • Add a multi-line input field prompt
    • Add a menu of options to pick from
  • Embed snippets within snippets (nesting)

Specify exceptions

  • Apply per-set “Expand in” and “Don’t expand in” rules
  • Apply per-snippet settings
    • Change case sensitivity
    • Keep or discard triggers (mention holding function for one-off discarding)
    • Display a snippet differently in the point-and-click menu

Troubleshooting & Support

Common issues and their solutions

  • TypeIt4Me is not available after you restart or log in
  • TypeIt4Me is running but it’s not expanding typed abbreviations
  • The TypeIt4Me icon is not showing up in the menu bar
  • How to restore “Sets on this Mac” from a Time Machine backup
  • How to restore iCloud Drive snippet sets


  • Frequently Asked Questions