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Automatic spacing in shorthand?

Posted By: grasshopper on 2009-03-21
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Does anyone know how to set up 2 spaces after a period and 2 spaces after a colon in ShortHand version 10?  One poster here said that this:  {@@key Bksp}. worked and it did not work for me.  It worked once and then it erased the last letter as it put in the spaces.

Also Microsoft Word 2000 doesn't seem to have a spacing feature unless I am not looking in the right spot.  Wish I had IT as everyone says that is a no brainer to use and setup.  TIA.  


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automatic spacing


If you have automatic spacing enabled in IT, it automatically inserts a tentative space after every expansion. If you then type a punctuation key, IT will then automatically jump back and remove that tentative space and insert the punctuation.

If you have both the built-in Expander in Chartnet enabled, along with IT, the two programs may conflict with each other so it would be best to disable the Chartnet expander while using IT.

Lastly, be sure you are using the latest release of IT which is 5.44 with a built date of May 2007 and if you are using Vista, make sure the User Account Control setting is disabled.

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spacing after sentences

Does everyone space once after the end of a sentence now?  My daughter takes keyboarding in high school and I just realized they are not taught to double space after the end of a sentence.  Should I then change to single spacing after the end of a sentence? 

thanks for that - but I need help with double spacing - sm
not with spacing between sentences. Its when a doctor dictates a paper for a journal and he wants the whole thing double spaced so that he can write between the lines or make corrections or for easier reading for him.
Double spacing in an H&P

Where and when, if anywhere, is it acceptable to double space between anything in an H&P or any other report?  We have a double-spacing queen in our department getting paid by the line like the rest of us so I feel cheated on both line count and paydays. 

Thanks and hope everyone is having a Happy Valentine Day!

how about under format/line/spacing? sm
there's a tip in help in that topic that explains it
change spacing in a document..SM
I know I saw here a long time ago..a way to change your doc to single
space inside Word..I mean to change a typed page that has 2 spaces after periods
back to 1 space..Does anybody know how to do this. TIA
We started the new spacing about 2 months ago. At first I said "oh no". sm
Our QA dept did tell us about the tip Ctrl + Shift + F, 2 spaces, tab, 1 space. I was really surprised how quickly my brain accepted the new one space after periods and colons. I still do the double check, but I'm finding very few doubles now.
That only changes spacing between letters - it's called kerning.
Word does not automatically space after periods. You can only flag spaces in the spelling/grammar settings. There is something else running in the background (such as a text expander) that is adding the additional spaces.
Can't you change it in Format/Paragraph/Line spacing like
I just go alt+T and A.It's so automatic I don't even think about it. SM

That's to add a word though. You don't scroll down through your entries to use an AC, do you?

For the asterisk: Just write a macro. Go to a document that has an asterisk in it.

Tools/Macros/Record new macro (The little tape-looking icon comes on your screen. It's like turning on a recorder).

EDIT/FIND/*/enter then stop recording.

I think that's right. I've had mine for so many years that I can't really remember what it says. You can e-mail me if you have trouble with it.

Should be automatic but if not
I had trouble with mine but then I realized that I had not followed directions completely as I had not closed ALL my programs before installing it and once I did that again with all windows/programs closed worked great.  If it is 2006 they suggest using the word "Rozerem" and "panitumumab" to check it.  Good luck. 
The UPS Store only allows the automatic $100 if you pay
them to package your stuff. I learned that one trying to ship equipment back to my former employer. I wasn't about the shell out even more money for them to box up something that I put back in the company's original box.
Automatic updates, or

You may have to update your calendaring programs and some cell phones as well.

Automatic numberint
Hi everyone, can anyone tell me how to do automatic numbering after the number 9 so that from 10 on everything falls into place?  I just got scolded because one trainer tells me to leave as is because when the report is printed out it aligns, and now someone else told me FIX THAT!  Wow. I have no idea what to do.
no i'm glad i'm not the only one. I do have automatic
messed things up. They don't think about or care about things like that. My car payment is due tomorrow and i still don't have the money to pay it. thanks for listening.
Automatic Speech Recognition (nm)
Snomed is an automatic coding system...
for pathology. If you Google Snomed coding there is some info. I'm sure in the future there will be automated coding.
yepper - automatic deduction from invoice
and was not told about it before the fact - just that the account was switching over - was sent the e-mail about "rental" after the fact - then when the foot pedal broke they wanted to charge me for the replacement. Hello? It's a RENTAL??? I still work there but am branching out. It is not the norm.
Does Dictatphone Ex-Text have automatic save as you are typing?


Do away with automatic numbered list. See inside steps.
Tools, Autocorrect, AutoFormat as you Type, uncheck Automatic Numbered Lists.
Oh, I thought it was an automatic thing on computers these days.
Maybe my hubby set ours up to do it; I'm not sure. It would be under START, then PROGRAMS, then ACCESSORIES, then SYSTEM TOOLS, then choose SYSTEM RESTORE.

Then it would ask you what date you want to restore to.
Something great-- Using Google-- set to use the automatic function of completing the search
For anyone like myself who never used the automatic completion function of Google, IT IS GREAT.

I just started using it, and when I typed in like the first 2 words of something I had never heard before, like say you were typing "sphincter of", then sphincter of Oddi would be one of the choices that Google would automatically bring up.

This is so great! What a time saver. Try it.

Someone with more tech expertise can maybe say how to set the settings so the Google automatic completion comes on. sometimes it would be there and sometimes not, but I downloaded some add-on for Firefox that makes it always there. It was the "Customize Google" add-on for Firefox.

So, if you are using Firefox (Mozilla) browser, go to the add-on page (Google it) and then download the "Customize Google" add-on and then set the settings. I think this was the most useful. There is a way to set it from Google, but it kept not working somehow, the settings would go away.

Other downloads I have used-- other Firefox add-ons that I found helpful: Adblock Plus. Google Toolbar for Firefox (different than Customize Google), and Auto Copy. -- Auto Copy will automatically put whatever you select on a Web sit onto your clipboard, so you can paste it right into the document.

Hope someone finds this all helpful. Thanks for all your gals' help over the years. I have learned a lot and got a lot of tips, and so wanted to post this.
Tools, AutoCorrect, Autoformat as you Type, uncheck Automatic numbered lists. nm

SpeedType and Shorthand are the exact same program. Shorthand is lots cheaper and also has a trial.
{@KEY BkSp}-pack-per-year is for Shorthand. Using the semicolon works with both Shorthand and

;yo = -year-old

;py= -pack-year


Shorthand and SpeedType are exact same program. Shorthand will cost you lots less.
you can import your autocorrect into Shorthand.
I took shorthand too. But it sure comes in helpful for my expanders. I view words in shorthand for
i did use shorthand once in a job but i was so nervous the "boss" took pity and dictated the report on dictaphone.
If it is Shorthand, save the SPF file to a disk, then if you buy Shorthand yourself....
you can just drop the SPF file into it. That is not dishonest since you are the one who put the macros in. I am sure is it is another Expander there is a way to save the macro file and then drop it in the expander you buy on your own.
I need step-by-step instructions to make a macro in word that aligns automatic numbered list to the
HELP!!!!! Thanks in advance.
i think it is automatic speech recognition but it is the same as VR which is voice recognition.

Shorthand ? sm
Is Shorthand compatible with and is it much different than the standard autocorrect in Word?
I use Shorthand with DQS

It is very compatible.  You can set it up so that you can see a hint window while you type.  I tried using the built in Expander in DQS, and you have to have a great memory, because there is no hint window or suggestion window, like Smartype.  I also know that Instant Text is compatible with DQS, also; but I prefer Shorthand.  I hear so many great things about Smartype and wish I could learn it, but it won't work with DQS; however, there is a way you can get around that.  You can use Smartype and transcribe in Word, set your font size to 14 and save your file in Rich Text Format, then copy and paste into the DQS platform.  Then select all and hit Ctrl 5 to get the spacing right.  It sounds like a lot of steps and you will also lose your place as far as leaving any QA markers, so I personally don't care for the hassle, but I know of some MTs that do it that way, so you can try it.

Hope this helps. 

cool, i'll look into that thanks
Shorthand SM
Shorthand should work with ChartScript, since ChartScript uses Microsoft Word, but you would want to disable ChartScript's built in expander.  If you are referring to ChartScript.net, Shorthand should work in that too.
Wow! Thanks! I had asked that question a little while ago on the production board.
shorthand sm
Where did you find a free program? Did it load right into Word for Windows?
The Hospital I came from uses Meditech with Shorthand-, works fine. There is something built into Meditech like a word Expander but everyones stuff mixes in together and was a nightmare- love shorthand.
I would be very interested.
I use ShortHand with Meditech. Works great....
In Shorthand, there must be (sm)
a shortcut key or something that allows you to add on the fly?? The only thing I see is to actually open the ShortHand window then I can click the insert button on my keyboard or click on the little "add" icon. Is there a key combination for doing this while I am in the document - to just bring that "add" window up?
I use Shorthand. nm
Is there a way to copy text with bold headers into shorthand, bold headers and all? The text copies fine but I have to go back and use the special keys for adding the bold back in at every header because the bold from the finished text will not carry over. I've gone through the help section but maybe I'm not asking "how to" the right way. It just seems that my old version of SH carried everything over, but I can't remember. Anyhow, if anyone has the answer, would appreciate it.
No, you hit Ctrl K and B before the entry, type the entry how you want it, and then hit Ctrl K and B again to toggle the bolding off.  It will come up with a little window showing you the B is the next key typed or something to that effect, and you click 'OK' both times that window comes up.
If you need everything in CAPS use CAPS Lock. If you only want the first letter of the sentence just do as you would for a regular sentence by holding down the Shift key and type the first letter whatever it may be. It will bring up your expansion with the first letter only capitalized.
Need help w/Shorthand 9
I downloaded the 30-day trial of Shorthand.  I cannot figure out how to bold a word in MSWord.  Every time I try to input CTL+B into the expansion, the program puts the - {@KEY - or something like that.  I have read and tried everything I could find in the Help section with no luck.  Can someone type out what I need to input to get a word capitalized and bolded.  I would really, really appreciate the help.  I am thinking it must be something super easy that I am just not getting!  TIA
I really like Shorthand
I worked for MQ and liked the expansion program. With my new company I have Shorthand. I really like it. You can try it out for a 30-day period and see if you like it before you buy it.

Is there a way you can import addresses into ShortHand all at once, instead of one by one?

Thanks in advance!

There is an AWESOME board you can join that will help also. It is productivity talk, and it is at http://www.productivitytalk.com/

It will not only help you with ShortHand but also with Instant Text, Smartype (sp?) and MS Word.
shorthand help
Does anyone know how to add to ShortHand the following:  PLa then subscript the #2 in font of 8 instead of 12.  It is annoying to keep going to font size and then to subscript and then back to font size and then back to no subscript.  I am looking for an easy fix, any help?
We can I go to buy Shorthand?