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Oh, TextExpander. The software, the myth, the legend. If you haven’t heard of TextExpander by now, get ready to be amazed. TextExpander is a software program that allows you to create text shortcuts that automatically, instantly expand into pre-defined pieces of information, paragraphs, images, or documents. I use TextExpander to write emails, write reports, sign reports, fill out forms, and many other tasks. During the episode today, I’m talking about a few of the ways you can use TextExpander in your testing practice. These include:
- Inserting diagnostic codes
- Using drop down menus to write results sections quickly
- Populating recommendations
- Signing reports
- Embedding snippets within snippets
So let’s take these in order.
Here’s a video of making and inserting a snippet for a diagnostic code:
Here’s a video of how to embed snippets within snippets to create an email signature or another larger document:
Check out how you can populate recommendations really quickly:
This is one of my favorite features – signing reports:
Here’s one last video of using drop-down menus to write a results paragraph:
Cool Things Mentioned
- The Testing Psychologist YouTube channel with all of these videos (and more)
- Stephanie Nelson’s post on TextExpander at the Peer Consult
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About Dr. Jeremy Sharp
I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include 12 licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.
As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.
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Ha ha, I was listening and kept being like “HEY I USE IT THE SAME WAY THAT’S SO COOL.” You, however, were smart enough to make a podcast about it – that post took me waaaaaaay longer to write than I care to admit, even with my beloved TextExpander’s help. 😉
It’s a great tool that takes a lot of time to explain 🙂 I love your post because it’s so detailed and really brings it to life.