Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Twelve Tools of December: Auto Text Expander

During the weekdays of December, we're sharing one tool per day as part of our Twelve Tools of December series.  Some of these tools are designed to be used instructionally, some can help you be more productive, and some are just fun.

Today, we're sharing about Auto Text Expander.

What is it?
Auto Text Expander is a free Chrome extension that allows the user to create text shortcuts that the extension will finish for you. 

Why would I use it?  What does it do?
This extension can be used with younger students who have a hard time typing @cherrycreekschools.org over and over. It can be pushed out in the Google admin panel, and then with very minor set up it is ready to go. Also, it is a great tool for teachers if you find yourself typing the same thing over and over again in emails or on papers. When the (txt) icon is in your browser bar, that means the extension can be used on the website that is open. 

Are there similar tools? (optional)
Other extensions in the Chrome store are Popchrom and ProKeys. While they have similar functions, Auto Text Expander seems to work better with most shortcuts. Another set of alternative tools for all platforms can be found here

Where can I learn more?
Check out Auto Text Expander in the Chrome Web Store and start saving time!
sample list of shortcuts

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