PhraseExpress v13.6.10 Updated

billon on 31 May 2018
  • 29MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 May 2018
  • Suggested by JohnW

PhraseExpress is a keyboard macro utility that manages all your frequently used text phrases from a taskbar icon and allows you to paste them into any application with a single mouse click, a keyboard shortcut, or a text macro command. The program is ideal for email reply templates, signatures, addresses and any other information that you find yourself typing repeatedly.

PhraseExpress also includes powerful macro functions to launch programs, files or email messages, offers support for dynamic macro commands and comes with a unique text-prediction feature.

System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the "Portable Edition" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch phraseexpress.exe -portable.
Similar/alternative apps: Texter
What's new? See:

22 comments on PhraseExpress  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Redted17 2012-03-23 09:02

Too much German (which I don't speak). The response to "Add Phrase" is a page of German. Not even to stage one.


bartelsmediagmbh 2012-03-28 15:37

@Redted17: Why not just switch the UI into English? Look here:


Ennovy 2012-04-25 08:29


Ennovy 2012-11-14 19:08

New features in version 9:


Ennovy 2012-11-14 19:17

Manual for use on USB drives and howto upgrade:


Abraxas 2013-03-05 14:47

Be careful. Not "freeware". It's nagware or adware of the worst kind.

Picture this: You're at a friend's, it's late, you have your PortableFreeware USB key and decide to write an email to your gf. You start and prompt Phrase Express to paste a phrase. It doesn't work. Instead, you are accused of being a thief. Typed out, agonizingly slowly (since you are trying to be quiet and fast so as not to disturb anyone) is a prompt to buy their product. You need then to go back and erase it, fix whatever was pasted (which may be your phrase or something else entirely), and try again. But, guess what? It again tells you that you are a thief. You start to swear, lights go on, people start asking what the problem is......

Don't do it. It's time-bombed crapware and you'll just end up having to replace it. It's faster to type your phrases than to fix the damage (and that's if you notice - it may be in the middle of your letter and you won't notice at all or later).


joby_toss 2013-03-05 19:03

@Abraxas: I can't confirm your finding. Can you post a screenshot with the message you receive? And does this happen after a determined period of time (like after you used the program for 30 days or something)?


Ennovy 2013-03-06 12:23

I use this software for several years now (freeware version). I have never experienced what Abraxas describes.
And it certainly is not crapware! Perhaps Abraxas is using a pirated version :?:
I have no connection with Bartels media, but I like this software very much.


IanFromBarrie 2013-03-06 13:37

I can confirm @Abraxas finding. As I recall, the software uses an algorithm to decide whether what you are pasting *seems* to the author to be business-related, and on that basis cripples the software. It's not trialware or nagware in the usual sense - but it's not safe to use as a free program for exactly the reason #Abraxas describes.

That said, I certainly agree with Ennovy that it's definitely not crapware - but the author made a very unfortunate choice of how to upsell that rules it out for my personal use. Check out EditPadPro for the way to make remind people that they can purchase a license.


Midas 2013-03-06 13:49

I find the described behavior totally unacceptable, constituting both a breach of trust and privacy concerning the use of this utility. I move for it to be eradicated from TPFC.


IanFromBarrie 2013-03-06 15:53

Midas, I don't think there's a substantive breach of trust or privacy.

The author's very clear about the behaviour: Go to to confirm this.

If PhraseExpress detects you are connected to what the author thinks is a professional network structure like Windows Server, or is used inside a "professional" application, delaying license nags start 30 days after detection.

And the author asserts "The professional use detection is internal and never collect or transmit personal information over the internet!"

The real issue for me is that the algorithm for detecting professional use is flawed for me. But clearly users like Ennovy have had good luck with this. Why ban it? Why not just provide a caveat emptor?

My experience was that the nag started immediately, but your mileage may vary.

I think that someone writing a pro bono article about business ethics while on a Windows Server network would have no reason to suspect that was "professional use", so the author's detection system is too draconian for me, but some users have had no problem in their sp


Midas 2013-03-06 22:42

My computer is my own, to use at my sole discretion, and no software creator should presume otherwise, no matter how useful the utility he makes available.

I stand by my previous assessment; but I will compromise on requested measures, taking the position of fellow TPFC users like Ian into account...

One thing is sure: phrase express just got a permanent ban from my rigs.


Ennovy 2013-04-11 07:01

7 Awesome Uses For PhraseExpress Text Expander:


Midas 2013-04-19 08:46

Thanks for the input, bartelsmediagmbh. On behalf of other TPFC users that appreciate your software, I thank you also for the generosity of providing Phrase Express as a freeware.


Manwolff 2014-07-06 08:51

Morning folk, must say I agree with RedTed, I have just downloaded and unzipped the app. I am now the proud owner of a German app. Have tried to change the language, but it's a no go. I am running a 64bit Dell Inspiron, could be that it's only meant for 32bit systems???


webfork 2014-07-06 20:04

Manwolff: would recommend contacting the author:


bartelsmediagmbh 2014-07-21 10:59

PhraseExpress normally auto-adapts to the language set in the regional settings of Microsoft Windows.

Here is a step-by-step procedure how to set PhraseExpress to English language:

This also disables the automatic language detection. Hope, this helps.


br3 2014-10-08 11:46

I'm using the latest version of PhraseExpress Portable on XP Pro, but it's putting two files (config.xml and pexdesktop.xml) into my Documents and Setting/Application Data/PhraseExpress folder.

Is there any way to change where these files are stored, so that the true portability of this application can be made?


Ennovy 2014-10-08 13:45

Please read above "How to extract"
Start de programm with the -portable parameter
and all settings are stored in the application folder


bartelsmedia 2015-07-29 10:16

It would be great if you would vote for our other new related software Mouse Recorder, announced at


AndTheWolf 2017-01-10 18:00

Most recent version is 12.0.124


Ennovy 2017-01-10 18:30

@AndTheWolf: Thanks. The version history however is not updated


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