Installing TextExpander on OS X Mavericks

For a while I had been hearing about TextExpander. Recently, after listening to the Mac Power Users episode on TextExpander, I decided to take the plunge and make the purchase.

The iOS version installed and worked flawlessly with other applications, such as Drafts. However, installing and getting TextExpander to work on OS X was a bit of a chore.

According the the installation instructions, the installation involved:

  1. Unzip the downloaded Zip file.
  2. Copy the extracted TextExpander.app file to your Applications folder.
  3. Go into the Accessibility entry in the Security & Privacy Preferences pane and enable the TextExpander.app entry.

Sounds simple enough, but after performing items 1 & 2, the TextExpander.app entry did not exist for me to select. Because of this, there was no way for me to use TextExpander.

After a bit of experimenting, here are the steps it took me to get TextExpander to install and work on my OS X Mavericks system:

  1. Unzip the downloaded Zip file.
  2. Copy the extracted TextExpander.app file to your Applications folder.
  3. Go into the Accessibility entry in the Security & Privacy Preferences pane.
  4. Drag the TextExpander.app from your Applications folder on to Accessibility application list.
  5. If the entry is not automatically enabled, enable it.
  6. Reboot.

After performing these steps, I had TextExpander up and working. If you are in the same boat as I was and can’t get it working, try these steps. Let me know if it works for you by commenting below.