“language and literacy”
Oh the joy of writing those words!
i should say, the ease and simplicity of writing three words, with only three keystrokes. i write those words all the time, so i need a way to do it more easily.
I have found the magic of “Auto Text” …
My autotext program (AutoHotKey) does the rest.
Three keys, to write 21 characters. mmmmmmmmm
Surely you’ve used – or at least heard of – AutoText, the keyboard feature in ms word; that lets you program a range of your most-used vocabulary, and provide shortcuts for each? Well, if you haven’t you’re missing out, because it makes life easier especially when you’re writing long documents with enormous and frequently used phrases.
After experimenting with a few, i dived into AutoHotKey. i found a script to provide autotext across all your writing software, not only ms word! At last, free to use new writing programs.
For another example, i write p- followed by a dot. Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE) is what emerges onto the screen. How many times do i need to write those five words (+ acronym), every week? Many many times.
Now, no more.
mmmmmmm. i like AutoHotKey.
(Update: you may be able to use the script i’ve written: except that i can’t seem to upload it. WordPress logs me out if i try. Hang on: Script Here in .ahk format. You’ll need to get the app to make it work. License unclear, but feel free to use it.)
Other assorted programs / articles i found include:
- Texter, from LifeHacker (an app created via AutoHotkey)
- TextExpander (for mac, reviewed by usrbingeek)
- OpenOffice has the potential for AutoText as well (mentioned in this article from Linux.com)
- Adam Pash at LifeHacker explains AutoHotkey in more depth.
- Phrase Express .. which i found difficult to make portable, although it seemed a good program apart from that.
- How to make your ms Word autotext entries more portable.