I am looking for a simple tool working with windows 7 and free/open source which allows me to maintain multiple templates and type them in any text programm/text field (Word, email client, Browser).

Perfectly I press some keys, like CTRL (or WIN) and SPACE and a pop up appears where I can type some letters until my template is selected and I press enter and the text is pasted. Every template should contain a title and the text. Variables like date and time are a plus but not necessary.

Clarification: to enter some letters like fdh# and the last letter replaces my text with another text does not help, because I need a lot of templates and I don't like to remember which letters brings me to my needed template.

  • This is a great question. If you have found more answers I really appreciate if you could please share them with us. Thanks. – Marquez Aug 23 '16 at 17:23

After trying many, I have personally found Ditto to be the best all round Windows clipboard manager.

And, yes, of course it supports boilerplate text (and other formats; you could boilerplate some Excel cells if you wanted to, or graphics, etc). I use this feature and am surprised to see that it is not listed on the website. rest assured, it does work.

Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time. Ditto allows you to save any type of information that can be put on the clipboard, text, images, html, custom formats, .....

 - Easy to use interface  
 - Search and paste previous copy entries  
 - Keep multiple computer's clipboards in sync  
 - Data is encrypted when sent over the network  
 - Accessed from tray icon or global hot key  
 - Select entry by double click, enter key or drag drop  
 - Paste into any window that excepts standard copy/paste entries  
 - Display thumbnail of copied images in list  
 - Full Unicode support(display foreign characters)  
 - UTF-8 support for language files(create language files in any language)  
 - Uses sqlite database (www.sqlite.org)  

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Phrase Express

Phrase Express is a text auto-complete software for Windows. Its features include:

  • Organize frequently used text snippets.
  • Expand abbreviations in any program.
  • Automate repetitive tasks.
  • Auto-complete phrases.
  • Quick access to the Windows Clipboard History.
  • Correct spelling mistakes in any application.
  • Available for Windows and Android!
  • Free for personal use

You can also configure the pop-up shortcut under Hotkeys in the settings window:

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