OS X Mavericks: Bringing TextExpander Back to Life

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Apple has been working hard to lock down OS X Mavericks so apps don't do things they shouldn't, but that sometimes means apps that are legitimately trying to do their thing get blocked from working. That's the case with Smile Software's TextExpander. Luckily, the fix is easy. Read on to learn how to get your TextExpander goodness back in Mavericks.

Use TextExpander and installed Mavericks? This probably looks familiar.Use TextExpander and installed Mavericks? This probably looks familiar.

By default, Mavericks will block TextExpander from watching your keystrokes, which means it can't tell when you type your snippets and then can't expand them into the words and phrases they represent. Here's how to bring your snippet library back to life:

  • Go to Apple menu > System Preferences
  • Choose the Security & Privacy preference pane
  • Select Privacy tab
  • Choose Accessibility
  • Check TextExpander and TextExpander Helper
  • Launch TextExpander

Enable TextExpander in the Accessibility section in the Security & Privacy prefpaneEnable TextExpander in the Accessibility section in the Security & Privacy prefpane

If you're locked out from checking the TextExpander apps, you probably need to authenticate. Just click the padlock icon in the lower left corner of the System Preferences window, and enter your administrator password.

With TextExpander and TextExpander Helper enabled in Security & Privacy, your snippets will all come back to life. That's a good thing because life without TextExpander is a dreary thing indeed.

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Comments

Michael Johnston

Most important tip for Mavericks!

Christina Gillick

Thank you for this fix! I really rely on TextExpander smile

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