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If it is Shorthand, save the SPF file to a disk, then if you buy Shorthand yourself....

Posted By: digging in on 2008-10-03
In Reply to: Losing expander by switching companies - Jeanie

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.

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Save yourself some $$ - Speedtype and Shorthand are the exact same program.
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Shorthand has a help file... sm
and you can gets lots of tips in the SH forum on Productivity Talk at http://www.productivitytalk.com/forums/index.php
Go to your shorthand file on your computer sm
All dictionaries end in .spf. Find the dictionary you are looking for, and there you go. Either right-click to copy and paste it into your email or do it from the attach file option in your email.
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.
A more appropriate answer would be to save the template to disk. sm
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If you have to save old files, transfer them to a CD or disk
...with your user.aco file. Save your autocorrect file to somewhere else. nm
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You may have to do some cleanup in the SH text file, but it sure would be faster than re-entering them all manually.
I did try to save the file first but it wouldn't even let me save it.
I kept them for 3 months, though I would save all but the current month to disk
so my computer was bogged down and it also made it easier to find a report if I had them batched by month.  
question on tapes, do you save on disk or print out?
no problem... just go to File and Save As
then from the drop-down box chose the Word .doc format to save your file as.  You can also program one of your F keys or a control or alt key to do this for you, using the Tools --- Settings --- Customize --- Keyboard
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Just open glo file in Word, highlight all, then change case and save back
to glo file. Use the Alt key trick to highlight just the column of words, then Shift + F3 to toggle through the change case commands. First save your glossary under a different name so you also keep the original.
Shorthand ? sm
Is Shorthand compatible with and is it much different than the standard autocorrect in Word?
I use Shorthand with DQS

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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
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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
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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.
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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.....


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