I'm looking for an OS X application that will allow me to add text snippets, like common text responses to emails or signature postings or whatever standard text phrases I wish to save and resuse.

Something that perhaps runs in the background on the toolbar that allows me to select phrases and insert them when needed.

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Take a look at CodeBox http://www.shpakovski.com/codebox/

or Dash http://kapeli.com/dash

or Clipmenu http://www.clipmenu.com


The perfect tool for this job is TextExpander - it allows you to insert snippets from a menu or using a shortcut such as ";;snippet". It is incredibly powerful and is high on my recommended list.

It's $35 but there is a free trial.


Alfred with the PowerPack also lets you define snippets which are easily pasted anywhere. TextExpander as Tony Williams mentioned is a bit more convenient, but Alfred is cheaper and can do a lot more than just expanding snippets.


there is a built in function in iOS and keyboard settings for Mac that offers shortcuts enter a shortcut and the phrase it expands into when you type the shortcut and a space afterwards.

it doesn't allow for line-breaks however

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    line breaks through alt + enter
    – Lonely
    Dec 22, 2017 at 15:20

I, personally, like the freeware XMenu from Devon Technologies:


You define snippets by making a text clipping and placing them in a particular folder. The clippings menu resides in your menu bar.

It's also got a nice launcher a'la NowMenu. And as it is an App it doesn't modify the system and cause incompatibility issues like some other clippings apps do.


I use PhraseExpress (http://www.phraseexpress.com) to paste in different boilerplate phrases. It even lets you create macros, select different options within your phrase, manipulate dates/times, and do simple calculations. It's on the pricier side though, $50. You can try it out for free, however.

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