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Free ShortKeys Alternatives

The best free alternative to ShortKeys is AutoHotkey, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to ShortKeys and 12 is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to ShortKeys are AutoIt, PhraseExpress, Texpand and Mini Mouse Macro.

ShortKeys alternatives are mainly Text Expanders but may also be Note-taking Tools or Task Automation Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of ShortKeys.
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  • FreemiumProprietary
  • Windows

ShortKeys is a Windows text replacement utility designed to help you type faster and more accurately. Create abbreviations...

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  1. AutoHotkey is a free, open-source scripting language for Windows that allows users to easily create small to complex scripts for all kinds of tasks such as: form fillers, auto-clicking, macros, etc.

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  2. AutoIt icon


    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Use a straightforward BASIC-like scripting language to automate your Windows GUI. Simulate key presses, mouse movement, window attributes and much more.


  3. The autotext and text expander software "PhraseExpress" manages frequently used phrases for quick insertion into any application.

    Main program window to organize phrases in a multi-level folder structure
  4. Texpand icon


    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    Texpand is a text expansion app that helps you save a lot of time by assigning shortcuts to your frequently used texts. Features include:

    Texpand vs ShortKeys opinions
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    well I don't know yet, I haven't used it. I thought you meant did it sound like a good alternative. I cannot get Shortkeys to work anymore and I need it or something like it.

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    Mini Mouse Macro

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    A free light weight mouse macro that records mouse movements, clicks and keyboard entries. Mini Mouse Macro is totally free, no adds, no banners, no trial, free.

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  6. keystarter automation software. you can make a set of 3d button icons with keystroke command scripts and create your own popup menus - clipboards or virtual keyboards.

    keystarter 1.0 all in one software
  7. TyperTask icon


    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Increase your efficiency by automating your keyboard with TyperTask! This tool simulates keyboard typing, and can be used to instantly type common phrases. Use it to automate chat conversations, website logins, programming code blocks, HTML tags, or anything else you can imagine.


    The product is no longer available on the company website. Last version, 1.20, released in March 2012, can be still downloaded from Softpedia

  8. Stepwise is a free automation tool for Windows. It's easy to learn, safe to use, and there's no coding required.

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    Multi Task Tool

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Multi Task Tool is a portable tool that, as its very name suggests, can be used to execute multiple tasks in Windows OS!

  10. AutoText icon


    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    You assign a keyword (an abbreviation) for a frequently used text snippet, phrase, sentence or paragraph, and AutoText will auto-type this snippet each time you type the abbreviation in ANY program.

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