January 9, 2024

Type AI Overview

Type Staff

The Type Team


Type is the AI-first document editor that helps anyone write high-impact content.

Below is a quick overview of Type's AI features and how each can help you write more, better, faster.

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The document editor

In Type, everything revolves around the document editor. This is where you'll compose and edit your writing.

You'll find a number of AI features for generating and transforming text inside of the editor.

Generating a draft

When you create a new document in Type, you can have Type write a first draft for you.

Just tap the "Generate Draft" button and describe what you're writing.

Type will write a first draft and do its best to include any relevant headers, lists, or other formatting you may need.

Alternatively, you can write your first draft yourself – just start typing inside of your document and the "Generate Draft" button will disappear.

Rewriting text

Most of the writing process is rewriting.

In Type, you can rewrite text directly inside your document.

Just highlight any text you'd like to revise and tap the "AI" button.

Custom rewrites

To rewrite text using your own instructions, tap "Custom transform" in the rewrite menu.

Write your instructions, then press Enter to run them.

Type will let you review and compare any changes before you insert them into your document. Press ← or → to flip between the original and rewritten versions, and tap the ⟳ button to generate a new version.

Tap "Accept" to insert whichever version you're currently viewing.


Type also comes with a handful of predefined "brushes" to help with common rewriting tasks, like fixing grammar and shortening text.

Just highlight any text you'd like to improve, tap the "AI" button, and select one of the predefined options in the bottom half of the dropdown menu.

Similar to custom rewrites, you can review, compare, and regenerate rewrites before inserting one into your document.

You can also create your own custom brushes. Just follow the steps above to do a custom rewrite, but tap the "+" button next to your custom instructions before you run them. This will let you save and name your instructions as a brush.

Inline AI commands

As you write, you may need help generating individual sections, paragraphs, sentences, etc.

Type has a library of AI writing commands that you can run directly at your cursor. You can think of these commands as advanced autocomplete functionality.

Type's inline commands know what's in your document, where your cursor is, and what help you need.

To summon the command palette, press "/".

You'll notice AI commands for generating and completing sentences, paragraphs, lists, headlines, and other types of writing. Select a command, then press Enter to run it directly at your cursor.

Each command will attempt to mirror the formatting, voice, and knowledge that's already in your document. So the more detail and context you have in your document, the better.

Pro tip: write the first few words of a sentence, then run the "Write sentence" command to complete it.

For a detailed breakdown of each command, please see this post.

Type Chat

In Type's sidebar, you'll notice Type Chat.

Type Chat is an always-on AI writing assistant that lives alongside your document.

It can help you do research, give you feedback on your writing, brainstorm new ideas, or rewrite anything in your document.

It's similar to ChatGPT, but it's purpose-built for writing and has some handy integrations with your document.

Making Chat aware of your document

To make Type Chat aware of what's in your document, just tap the document icon in the Chat input box.

When you enable document context, Chat can provide much more helpful and actionable suggestions.

If you don't need Chat to be aware of what's in your document, just tap the document icon again to disable document access. Chat responds faster when this feature is turned off.

Brainstorming with Chat

Type Chat can be especially helpful for the messy "thinking" parts of the writing process.

Treat Chat like you would a trusted human collaborator. Ask it for ideas on what to write about. Tell it what you're thinking about writing and ask for its input. Ask it to generate an outline for an idea you're fleshing out.

You can even ask Chat to interview you to help you find ideas worth writing about. This can be a great way to kickstart your writing process, while giving Chat useful context for future writing requests you'll make.

Writing with Chat

You can ask Chat to write things for you, too.

When you do, it will wrap its output in a block that you can drag and drop into your document.

Tap and hold the dots in the top lefthand corner of the block, then drop it anywhere in your document.

Rewriting with Chat

Chat can also be useful for rewriting content that's in your document.

Assuming you have document context enabled, you can tell Chat what you'd like rewritten (ex. "Improve my section about x").

Alternatively, you can highlight any text you'd like Chat to revise and write your instructions as a message.

You can replace your highlighted text with Chat's rewritten version by tapping the "insert" icon in the text block that Chat responds with.

What to write about next

Type's sidebar also includes an always-on idea generator called "What to write about next."

Type will read what's in your document and suggest additional topics and ideas that readers may want to know about.

This can be especially helpful when you're just getting started on a piece or when you're stuck.

You can also use this feature to assemble a post section-by-section. For example, you can write the first portion of a post yourself and then use the sidebar to select and write the remaining sections.

You can tap the refresh icon anytime for a new list of ideas. You can also tap "More suggestions" at the bottom of the feed to append new ideas to the current list of suggestions.

Write it for me

Type can also write its suggestions for you.

Tap the three dots next to any idea you like and Type will write and insert the suggestion into your document.

As with Type's other AI features, it will attempt to mimic the formatting, voice, and style of your document.

Choosing an AI model

You can leverage a number of powerful AI models within Type.

By default, Type’s AI features will use OpenAI's GPT models. But you can change your preferred model anytime by tapping the three dots in the document toolbar, then "Preferred model."

When you do, you can choose between OpenAI's GPT family of models or Anthropic's Claude models.

To use the most powerful model from each family, such as GPT-4, tap the lightning bolt icon to enable "Power mode."

You can read more about the differences between models here.

Watch the Getting Started video

If you'd like to see all of these features in action, check out the 7-minute demo video below:

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You can use all of these features inside of your Type account today.

We're excited to support your work.

Happy writing!

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