Reduce Repetitive Typing with This Free Text Expander


aText text expander

Easily insert text snippets in any application that supports copy /paste.

Text expanders eliminate repetitive typing by using abbreviations to expand snippets of text or phrases and insert them into any program that supports copy and paste.

Create an abbreviation for a snippet of text and every time you type the abbreviation in a text area where copy/paste is supported your expanded text will appear. If you use eml for your email address, typing eml inserts your whole email address. There’s a whole range of useful text and phrases, from small things like phone numbers and addresses to automated responses or long blocks of text that are often used in medical or legal professions.

aText is a free program that was a Mac application for years before being developed for Windows. It’s lightweight and is easy to use, and it comes with some preset combinations you can use. It’s basic enough to use if you want to use a small amount of entries and has enough features for people who use text expanders extensively.

Some notable features are the ability to add dictionaries for several languages, change the color scheme, choose from light or dark themes, import and export settings, and choose what applications to use with aText.
 The premium version adds password protection and syncs with online platforms such as Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive.

aText for Windows is available in the Microsoft Store or from the developer: Text Typing Accelerator.

Note: if you downloaded the app via the Microsoft Store and wish to uninstall it, directions for uninstalling apps from the Microsoft Store are here: How To Uninstall Microsoft Store Apps.

aText runs on Windows 10 and 7 (On Windows 7, .NET 4.6 or newer is required) and is free of malware according to VirusTotal.

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The thing I find most baffling about this is Microsoft's not following what I would have thought to be an installation standard. No where does installing this (and it isn't the first that bit me) does it show up in the uninstall part of control panel. It just goes somewhere and the standard way of uninstalling programs doesn't work. I'm a fan of Revo Uninstaller Pro (what doesn't have a "Pro" version anymore?) and it didn't show it and could not find it either. Programs have generally uninstalled using Microsoft's uninstaller (or so variation of it) for years and suddenly no more?

Windows Store Apps don't have a standard installer or uninstaller like traditional apps (e.g. .exe or .msi). They are called Progressive Web Apps (PWA) and use the .appx extension. They are stored in the C:\Program Files\WindowsApps folder (if C: is where you've installed Windows).
That's why you can't find them using a standard Revo or a search. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯




If you should find a way to uninstall this (aText) I'd sure like to hear about it. I'm now trying to get rid of it and it doesn't show up anywhere, but still wants to keep running.

If you downloaded it from the Microsoft store, here are directions for uninstalling apps from the Microsoft Store:
How To Uninstall Microsoft Store Apps

It was from the Microsoft store and it is now uninstalled. Ultimately, that was simple. I googled how to uninstall aText and got nowhere. This confirms my suspicions and resolve to stay away from the Microsoft store. Thank you for the rescue.

Glad to help out. :-)

How do you remove aText. It does not show up in remove applications nor can I find it anywhere on my machine.

If you downloaded it from the Microsoft store, here are directions for uninstalling apps from the Microsoft Store:
How To Uninstall Microsoft Store Apps

Thanks for your prompt reply. I am embarrassed to admit that I looked in all the places mentioned in the link already and just did not see the aText listed. As a result of your comment, I looked again and found it.

It happens to all of us. :-)