What to do if TypeIt4Me stops working after a system update

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TypeIt4Me has stopped working. How do I get it running again?

OK, so all of a sudden TypeIt4Me is not working. It happens sometimes, but don’t worry. We can help.

If you were using TypeIt4Me 5.2.x (or older) and your Mac has just updated to macOS 11 (Big Sur), macOS 10.15 (Catalina), macOS 10.14 (Mojave), macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or macOS 10.12 (Sierra) , you’ll find the app will no longer run. This is due to changes Apple has made to the OS over the years. You’ll need to upgrade to the latest version of TypeIt4Me, which is fully compatible with Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra and El Capitan.

If you already have a more recent version of TypeIt4Me that’s supposed to work in Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra and El Capitan but has stopped expanding your abbreviations, don’t panic. Just follow these simple steps and TypeIt4Me ought to work normally again.

1: Open System Preferences

2: Click Security & Privacy

3: Click on the Privacy tab

4: Click on the Accessibility section in the column on the left

5: Click the padlock button in the bottom left-hand corner and enter your administrator password if required

6: Over on the right, select and remove TypeIt4Me from the list of apps that are allowed to control your computer

7: Manually re-add TypeIt4Me by dragging the TypeIt4Me app back into the list from your Applications folder

8: If expansion still doesn’t work, restart your Mac and relaunch TypeIt4Me

TypeIt4Me in the Accessibility section of Security & Privacy system preferences

This should unblock TypeIt4Me. Should you find that it doesn’t, get in touch with us using the contact form on our support page. Please provide as much information about your system setup as possible. We’ll do everything we can to figure out what’s wrong and help get you up and running again.

Wondering what all this accessibility permission stuff is about? There’s a handy explainer here.