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My Favorite Typinator Macros

February 07, 2020 On Twitter (archived)

I used to use TextExpander for text expansion/macros and use Typinator now. I don’t remember why I switched (I think it was vaguely associated with performance) but I’m happy with Typinator now. I use this utility a lot, probably more than a hundred times per day.

Here is an example of what it looks like:

And here is a small sampling of my favorite macros:

Name Abbreviation Expansion
Numero ;no
Ratios ;ratio ∶∶∶∶
Ellipsis ;sis
Zero Width Space ;zerow
Feet ;feet
Inches ;inch
My email address ;ema
Shrug face ;? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Troll ;troll ಠ_ಠ

It really gets fancy when Typinator can do user prompts (with default values) and math based on those values. For example, I use a macro that will automatically calculate an em value based on a supplied parent size (and output a comment documenting the math).

em Units

Abbreviation: ;ems expands to:

{{size=?Size}}{{parentsize=?Parent Size<16>}}{{#size/parentsize}}em; /* {{#size}}px /{{#parentsize}} */

Sample Output:

2em; /* 32px /16 */

em Media Query

Abbrevation: ;emq expands to:

@media (min-width: {{size=?Size}}{{#size/16}}em) {. /* {{#size}}px */

Sample Output:

@media (min-width: 48em) { /* 768px */


html page

Abbrevation: ;html expands to:

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
        <meta charset="utf-8">
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">

{^} controls where your cursor goes.


Abbreviation: ;log expands to:

console.log( {^} );

I totally use proper debugging tools and unit tests and barely use this one I swear.

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  1. Sean Roberts


    hahah that's amazing!

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