My Favorite Typinator (or TextExpander) Snippets

My Favorite Typinator (or TextExpander) Snippets

I know everybody raves about TextExpander from Smile On My Mac, but I got Typinator from Ergonis as a part of a software bundle about a year ago and I’ve loved it ever since. If you’re into using one of these text-expanding utilities, here’s a couple of snippets I find invaluable on – quite literally – a daily basis.

  • “dt” = {YYYY}.{MM}.{DD} (e.g., 2010.04.25) – This is my go-to for naming files. Just about every file I name in my practice is prefaced with the date in this format. This way, when sorting alphabetically, my files automatically fall into date order.
  • “dx” = {M}/{D}/{YYYY} (e.g., 4/25/2010) – This is how I record the date in my billing timesheet. As opposed to the reverse format above, this format is Numbers and Excel friendly, and will be recognized as a date.
  • “ttm” = {h12}:{m} {a} (e.g., 12:36 AM) – This inserts the current time. This is very helpful when I’m entering my start and end times into my billing timesheet. Using this, I don’t even have to know what time it is – I just hit “ttm” when I start or finish something and it tells the time for me.

When I make or take a phone call and want to take notes on it, the first thing I do is type “dt” and “ttm” and automatically the date and time of the phone call are recorded and I don’t have to think about it or break my attention from the conversation. Ok now, go and have fun.