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I took shorthand too. But it sure comes in helpful for my expanders. I view words in shorthand for

Posted By: long, long time ago. on 2005-08-10
In Reply to: Yeah, I took shorthand for this reason. - mtathome

i did use shorthand once in a job but i was so nervous the "boss" took pity and dictated the report on dictaphone.

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shorthand expanders
when I want to have all caps, I use a 2 after the abbreviation.  For example, cbc2 is CBC and cbc is complete blood count, xr2 is XR xr is x-ray.  I always do this so I can be consistent and remember. 
Expanders: Shorthand vs. Shortcut....
Has anyone used both of these?  And if so, did you like one more than the other?  Thanks!
Just 1 more tip for shorthand. Macros versus expanders.

Terminology is so important here.  A macro is a function usually designed in the word processing program (Word, Word Perfect, etc.) and unless using the old DOS system, is usually used for making shortcuts for commands.  It can be used for documents, but is a little cumbersome to do it.

Expanders are just that.  They convert a series of Keystrokes into whatever has been defined for those keystrokes.  It can be a word, phrase, sentence, even a whole document.  But sometimes it can be a little slow if it is a long entry. 

The easiest and fastest way I have found to insert my "normals" or "canned dictations", even those I made myself in either Word or Word Perfect is to use an import function.  It is much easier to revise the normal, too, and easier to copy.  

In Word, establish the file location where documents will be stored.  I usually set mine to the name of the account I am working on (and change that data in the settings on Word - options/ file locations - when I change accounts.)   I store all my normals, whether created by the hospital or by me, in that file.  (By the way, I use a different shorthand dictionary for each account by using links.)   I give the document a logical name, and then create an import link in Shorthand.

So, my account is Onion Hospital.  My file location is set to C:onion.  My document is a physical by Dr. Celery, which I named as celerypx.    My Shorthand dictionary is onionhosp.

My command to retrieve this is: 

{@KEYDOWN Alt}il{@PAUSE}{@KEYUP Alt}celerypx.doc{@KEY Enter}

When Dr. Celery dictates his hp, I get to the physical and type celerypx and the document is imported instantly.

This is even more helpful with op reports, where you have rather routine dictations for things like cataracts, foot surgeries, etc., and need to change from left or right or bilateral. 

It is easier to copy the "normal" document and create one for each instance - left, right, or bilateral, that it is to pull up another command to search and replace the right, left, or bilateral, and change the verb tenses if it is bilateral. 

So, Dr. Corn does a lot of cataract extractions.  I have



corncatbil.doc (never heard of bilateral cataracts, but just an example).

My command in shorthand reflects each one.

{@KEYDOWN Alt}il{@PAUSE}{@KEYUP Alt}corncatrt.doc{@KEY Enter}

(It is also easier to see if I do have a canned report for a doctor in shorthand this way.  I just pull up shorthand (Ctrl F10) and type corn in the screen.  It will show me all the entries I have for Dr. Corn. 











Your Shorthand expanders can become separate glossary. s/m KyITuser

Instant text actually comes loaded with dozens of different glossaries stored into a separate glossary folder.  For instance, to name a few:  Medwords.glo, (glo is a filename for glossary), Legal.glo, ER.glo, GenMed.glo, etc.  I could go on.  After I imported my PRD+ expanders, I created a folder for it and just named it (after my first name), Toni.glo.  So when I pull up IT, I just click on my Toni.glo file and go to work.

Ironically, I'm looking into ShortHand because even though IT has SO, SO many different functions...so many that I will never learn in this lifetime, that in itself is the only con...other than the price $189.00 and no trial period is offered!

Personally, the best advice I can give is to visit the productivity board and browse through it.  Don't get me wrong, IT has to be the most advanced expansion program on the market, but again, being so advanced is it's only pitfall.  If you are like me, an IC paid on production, I just don't have the time to sit around and play with it.  I hope I didn't confuse you even more.  Good luck!

Are there any text expanders that would use the same saved files from Shorthand?... nm

Print shorthand words
Try associating the file with something like WordPad. Right click on file, choose "open with", "choose program" and choose wordpad. You should be able to print it from that program.
Thank you - I think I have a bit to learn about shorthand - how about holding your bolded words when
I am going to order Shorthand for myself today. I love it. You can also manage your words in
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.
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.
Siren, I find googling key words fastest and most helpful. SM
After that, my medication software, then my dictionary software rarely but valuable when needed. For books, I still use my Stedman's equipment book and Sloan's abbreviations/eponyms (invaluable when needed). As a new MT, I purchased most of the Stedmans books, plus many other books, and found them invaluable then, but now as a skilled MT they mostly just gather dust as doing a quick search with hands on the keyboard is much, much faster.
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?
I have been trying to order ShortHand for over a week now and their web site is down. Are they out of business? Any info? Thanks!
PRD to ShortHand

I worked for 25+ years in WP for DOS and used PRD.  I loved it.  This year I changed to WORD and was able to use ShortHand from the first day.  The file conversion from my PRD to ShortHand was quick and easy.  One thing I really like is that the length of the short form is not limited, sometimes with PRD I wanted "just one more letter." 

I have not learned how to write the neat macros I had in WP5.1 that would switch from document 1 to document 2, search and copy, and then paste.  I will do anything to keep from using the mouse.  Like I said before, it's all new to me this year, but I am learning.  One reason I held off the switch to WORD for so long was that I would not stop using my beloved PRD. 

Anyway, as far as I can tell, in ShortHand there is NO LIMIT to the number of abbreviations you can have in a directory, and no limit to the number of directories you can have.  So you could have one dedicated to surgeries, and another for discharge summaries, and it's easy to switch them. 

And after all these years, I found WORD was not really that technical or difficult to learn.  Whichever Expander you choose, I hope it works out for you like it did for me. 

PC Shorthand

Would you mind telling me your experience (good or bad) with PC ShortHand for Windows?  I'm considering buying it but want to know some opinions from people who have actually used it. Thanks!


Love it, couldn't make any money without it.....


help with shorthand
Ok here is the problem.  I want to delete the entire dictionary from Shorthand. I was trying to transfer from one computer to the other and really messed it up.  I now have 4 dictionaries but no entries.  How do I delete these so I can start all over again.  Your help is appreciated by my entire family.
I know how to do that but the problem is that it does not highlight when you right click on it.
ShortHand -- They have a ...

ShortHand 8 is out now, I think.  They will let you download it for a 30-day trial.  Most will give a trial, so you could check them out before you buy too.  GL!

shorthand help

Can anyone tell me how to ipunt bold in my ShortHand files, i.e. I want PMH to be bolded when I type in my shortcut for it.  If I am on the wrong board, please direct me.


Can anyone give me a guestimate of how much their lines have increased using shorthand, or any other Expander for that matter? Thanks!
Re: Shorthand
lol Thanks. I have actually never used a program like this and have been an MT for 6 years. At MQ I could do 300-400 lph with my Expanders and am doing just a little less than that now. I have a lot of expanders but just wondered how much I could increase my line count by getting a program that would serve me better than my expanders.

Is there a simple way to BOLD in Shorthand.

ShortHand Help?

Is there a way to insert a backspace when adding a new abbreviation?  For example, so that year-old types out as #-year-old and not #(space)-year-old.



I work in an account that uses Meditech Magic.  This account requires bolding, italicizing, and capping their headers.  Is there a way to do this with shorthand?  I tried to use the record function, but it seems to be unable to read the bold/italicizing commands.  Any help would be appreciated.  TIA!


Anyone out there that has problems with their computer locking up when using shorthand?

Hey guys, do any of know how to do a pause macro in shorthand.  (where it pause for a while and let you put dictation and then continue with the rest of the macro? 


I don't use Shorthand, but
Do a search for *.spf files. You might have inadvertently moved it to a different place.

Also, since you're getting errors, you might have corrupted it while trying to print it. See if there is some repair or restore component to the program, or maybe the ShortHand tech support people can point you in the right direction?

Good luck!
shorthand help
I need to put bolded headings into my shorthand, how do I do this? TIA
Shorthand help

My ShortHand runs great until I use Ctrl+Ctrl+Insert to insert a word or phrase into the dictionary.  After that, any word/phrase will expand and then immediately disappear up to the first letter (almost like someone hit backspace.)  What am I doing wrong????  I have to shut down Shorthand and then start it back up to fix this problem, but I want to be able to fix this for good.  I tried increasing the amount of time it pauses between Keystrokes and that did not work.  I do not want to shut off my caret as I use this all the time!  


Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks in advance~