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Autotext gone Bold?

Posted By: michelle on 2008-01-30
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Why are my autotext entries turning bold when I go to use them?  I am starting to get annoyed here...I constantly have to change the autotext entry back to regular.  I know I did not enter it in as bold.  What is going on here?



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if I may be so bold
The BOS is a general guide. No more and no less. It is not the Holy Grail. It is not the Constitution of the US. It is not Clark Gable's footprint.

I went to the AMA web site and did a Search for the term you mention. They show "plantar flexion" (two words).

So let it be written.
So let it be done.

if I may be so bold

  The AAMT is not the Holy Grail.  


Yes, bold the colon.

There is another way to bold in SH. I use it

to bold my headings that I need bolded. Insert {@key ctrl+B} I type this before and after my macro to turn off the bold after the macro is typed. Type it exactly as is or just copy and paste to a macro and test it out.

my macro for the heading PAST MEDICAL HISTORY: spelled out in bold is pmh;

On the keyword line type --- pmh;  

On the "text to type line" type ---  {@key ctrl+B}PAST MEDICAL HISTORY:{@key ctrl+B}  ...

To save time adding these to all your headings that need to be bolded, just copy and paste {@key ctrl+B} before and after everything that needs to be bolded. This saves me a ton of time. Someone at work gave me this code and I've been using it for years now.

RE: Bold
I use SFT-F1. Don't recall if that is with my ShortHand program or what.
SH Bold

After you create your bolded, entry, it will look this in the "text to type" box: {@KEY Ctrl+B}PMH{@KEY ctrl+B}

When you create it, Name your Keyword, then go to the Text to Type Box.

1.  Click on "tags".

2.  Click on "Ctrl - K" on the pulldown menu that pops up.

3.  Hit the keys "Control" and "B." 

4.  Type in your heading.

5.  Repeat Step 3.

6.  Hit OK to save your new keyword.

To bold

Type this in ShortHand {@key ctrl+B} then whatever you want bolded, i.e. CHEST, and then {@key ctrl+B} again. 

So it would look like this in your Shorthand {@key ctrl+B}CHEST{@key ctrl+B}

Hope this helps.


I don't think it allows for much other than characters. I could be wrong though.
SH bold formatting and others
In the "Dictionary Text [Add]" dialog box, as you
are entering in the "Text to Type", when you need
to add special formatting, you simply tap Ctrl-K, and
add the keystroke commands applicable to your
word processor to change to the desired font.
For example, Microsoft Word uses Ctrl+B to
enable/disable bold face. So to simulate bold text
with ShortHand in Microsoft Word, you simply need
to simulate the Ctrl+B keystroke. When you are done
your word(s) that are bolded will look like this:

{@KEY--Ctrl+B}your text{@KEY--Ctrl+B}.

When you actually type the key (as you transcribe)
Shorthand will automatically/instantly enter all the
special function keys that you have entered, and
your text will come out formatted.

You can use the same concept to add any formatting codes to your Shorthand text, including underlining, italicizing, changing font styles and/or font sizes. You can also add tabs, change margins, etc.

Try thi out and if you have any problems with this, post another message.

Is it possible to Bold and/or italicize

words in the glossary? 

I tried Control B and typed IMPRESSION:  in glossary Editor window but when <<IMPRESSION>> came up on Meditech screen, it was not blue as words are when bold in Meditech. 

Thank you.

To "Just Me" re SH bold...
the string of characters you describe is what Ctl-K does.  Discussed below this post.  I tried typing those codes and it didnt work at all, just made a big mess.  What version are you using?
How do you bold in shorthand?


shorthand bold
name it bo or bd, do this entry: ctrl/k, ctrl B, OK, will look {@KEY Ctrl+B)
shorthand bold
CTRL B then CTRL K type word, CTRL B again to undo. I think, search on this site.
Bold in Shorthand

I am running older version of shorthand.  In the "text to type" box I have to type exactly as follows before and after each word(s) I want bolded (see example below)

{@key ctrl+b}PHYSICAL EXAM:{@key ctrl+b}

There is a space between key and ctrl.  Whatever you type in between each "command box" will be bolded (you can do same for italics (ctrl +I), etc.  I found this in help section within the program.  Hope this helps. 

I had one account that we had to cap and bold allergies.
Another Shorthand Question. How to Bold
I know this has been on the boards before, but would appreciate instructions on how to bold with Shorthand.  TIA very much.
Bold and underline in word. I am looking
at my screen now and at the top of tool bar, right side, there should be a B I and U. Just click on the B for bold and the U for underline and that should do it.

If you have a mouse, hold it over these letters and it will tell you what they are.

How do you bold and/or underline a word in....
Step by step directions would be so greatly appreciated!  TIA
Actually you can use bold and other attributes in Autocorrect
Just highlight the text and click on "formatted text" when you are entering it into Autocorrect.
How do I bold entries in Shorthand?
You have to create it with the bold command
on the toolbar, next to the Bold button
There should be a little box with a number in it and a little black arrow. If you click on the arrow, it will bring up a bunch of font sizes. I would pick 12 as it is a standard size for printing. Hope that helps.
can you put bold characters in autocorrect?
I have one now where we CAP, bold and underline them (teaching hospital) -
and on one I used to only capa and bold. Everyone is different.
things like centering, bold, underline, etc.
(this is what was cut off my first message -- sorry about that!)
Maxwell House BOLD and I drink it black. Whenever I go sm
to Starbucks, I get a Venti tripple café mocha.  Love it!
Type whatever word/phrase, bold, highlight, sm--
select Autocorrect, add.
Are you inserting after a bolded heading and bold wasn't
Mind sharing with me how to bold and underline in ShortHand pleeeze?
Just started a new account which requires bold and underscore.
If I cannot verify drug, I give 'em dr. spelling and bold
This was discussed recently. Would be chars. + spaces, but no indents, bold, italics, etc. nm
Any Stedman SmartType users? Pros & Cons? Will it retain bold formatting without using DOS command
 DOS commands like ShortHand does?

can someone tell me where I can download autotext software.  I understand it is free word expander.  I searched the internet and found rapid text and phrase something (cant remember).  Which is the better one or are they both the same.


I believe you can use autotext through Word and the function key is F3 -- I think.  I haven't used it for a while.
Go to insert, then autotext then check the box that says to suggest autotext entries.  Hope it helps.

Hi me - does this work only if you use Autotext? 

Highlight what you want to save as an autotext entry, then click autotext, and name it.  I use it all the time. 
Thanks -- that was exactly what I needed. The only problem I had was that the font size was smaller when I inserted it in my document. Is there anyway to fix that?
autotext was not made or intended to be used as a word Expander the way we use one. It has limited input. Once that input is reached, the file becomes corrupt and deleted. This happened to me once too, and I bought a Word Expander program instead of relying on autotext. It will never happen to me again. I lost soooooo much info that way. Most people are not aware of the limited input parameters and continue to keep adding words, etc. So sorry for your loss. I do understand.
AutoText works for me. sm
I make tempaltes in AutoText. When I need a certain template or canned text I only need to type the name of the template or the first few letters of it and Word bubble pops up and asks if I want to insert it; hit and it drops in.
I agree...autotext is the way to go there!
I can tell you how to do it using Autotext, which is easier.

I'm using Word 2003 with Instant Text as my Expander software.  I have been trying to figure out how to insert *stop codes* literally for months using Instant Text.  I finally gave up and here's what I do.  There may be easier ways around it, but I just learned today. lol

I transcribed the report,, which is a pain center report. I get the same doc everyday who has a style that he sticks with pretty much.  After I was finished, I copied the report and went into a new document to tweak it up.  I left in basically all of his  repetitive phrases along with the exam, and all of the headings.  Anywhere I wanted a stop code or field as MS Word calls it, I pressed the combination of ctrl+ F9.  When I  was  finished I highlighted the document and clicked on Autotext.  If you've never used autotext, when you want to retrieve an entry you've created, you start typing the name you've assigned to it, and either press F3 or enter and BAMM there it is.  The stop/field codes look like this {  }, but you can shade them gray.  To access each field you simply press F11 and it takes you right to the next stop. I hope I didn't confuse you.

I just bought a book that is truly a MUST HAVE for MTs working with Word.  It's called Tips N Techniques to boost the productivity of the medical transcriptionist.  It was put together by an MT.  I think you can find it under www.cherylflanders.com.

Good luck!


Word XP/autotext help
Is there a way of using autotext so that it will come up in the font that you are typing in?  Some doctors use arial and some use times new roman and if I use my autotext it automatically comes up in whatever I created it in, not necessarily what I am currently typing in.  Is there a way to change that? Thanks for helping.:)
Autotext via keyboard.
I'm a firm believer that if your hands are off your keyboard your not being productive. It's just funny to me because I hardly ever use my mouse. It seems tedious to see it in writing but here's how I get there.
Shift and cursors to highlight the word/comment (or use mouse), Alt I, A, X. This will take you to autotext to add auto entries. Shift and Tab to get to the top tabs and cursor to left x 2. Alt R will take you down to add.
My autotext entries are gone!!!!

I use a program called iType.  When I add an autotext entry it is there until I shut down and open program again.  I know that I have to add autotext entries outside of the actual iType program - I open word and add them there but they are being deleted somehow.  Any help would be appreciated.  Oh, I use Word 2003. 

Thank you.

Word AutoText
I cannot get this to let me add a shortcut for cm2. I have tried different things and just can't get it to work. Any suggestions?
autotext identifiers
you want to make them short and easy to remember - try doctors initials plus exam - HBCTHwwo, HBCTHwo, HBCTCwwo, HBCTCwo, DVCTHwwo, DVCTHwo, DVCTCwwo, DVCTCwo, etc
You should know if it's autotext because you have do something to expand it.
Redo the entry and make sure you don't pick up anything after the text when you copy it because it will automatically format if you do.
You can use autotext in Word. nm

Hello to all my MTs out there!  I would like to know, how could I use my auto text to the best of my ability?  What I am saying is that, whenever I try to look at what is important to add to increase  my production, I don't seem to know what to add.  Everything from words to phrases, that I add, is still not enough, and I don't see an increase in my production at all.   I need tips and advice from pros and vets who has been there and done that.  I appreciate any help really.  The platform that I am using is EMDAT.   Also, what is the best tasting coffee that I could buy or one that taste the best?  I love chocolate.  I am open for all suggestions. Thanks.