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Saving Keystrokes...is it worth buying or just another thing to waste my $$ on

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Is this book (Saving Keystrokes) worth

buying if I already use lots of expanders?  I think I have almost overdone it in some ways.  I need to delete some obscure ones I made that are taking up letters I could use for something more critical.

Wondering if that book would help or if I have a good enough handle on the concept already.  ?  Does the book cover anything other than making expanders?


Saving Keystrokes
I did just purchase this book and think it has substantial advice/ideas and with a little reprogramming of my brain I think it will pay off greatly in the long run. I don't see how a line count can't be increased with using the short cuts shared in the book. I'm not disappointed with the book.
Saving Keystrokes
I probably don't type as fast as most of you, but our company set a standard of 160 lph, and said that the national average is 175.  Since adding shortcut keystrokes, I have gotten my production counts up to an average of 179 now.  I got a lot of this information from you girls - reading your comments, and now have just gotten the book "Saving Keystrokes" as I want to keep adding more.  If you add a few each week, you can build up your production.  I was at about 130-150, depending upon how the doctors dictated that day - one is much more challenging!
Saving Keystrokes book

I keep hearing MTs talking about this book.  I guess I should get it.  Is there a downloadable version of this book so that I don't have to wait on it to get here?  Has it really helped you all improve your production?  Is it more than then just telling you how to make expansions with the ABCZ method? 


Saving Keystrokes by Diana Rolland.
I think that's what she titled the newest version of her book.  I got mine from Half.com.  I went from 6% to 34% on my expander stats since I read the book, and I still add more expansions every day.
No way! Is saving a little money on gas worth
saving money

I, too, am vegetarian and yes not buying meat sure saves a lot of money.  Buying fruits and vegetables in season saves money also.  I also buy at the local 99 cent store.  The cat and dog food and cat litter are inexpensive there and also the canned goods.  The breads are still fresh, they have beverages, they even have wine.  The 99 cent store near me is as stocked as a grocery store and drug store.  We have a full service WalMart about 20 blocks away.  So I can do my grocery shopping, department store shopping, plus get my car worked on at the same time.



Isn't MQ saving a kazillion$$$ by not


Think of the $$$$$ they have just seen in profit reaped by not having to pay for the 1-800 lines used to get the dictation and modem it back in.

Will any employees see that benefit? 

Will they raise our rate?

No, like one person said, pretty soon we will get to be editors and if we don't want to be editors, we can get the scum out of the bottom of the barrel like transcribing a full diet of Dr. Kweporiuasnedriur 25 times a day.

By then I will be ready for the funny farm and MQ won't have to worry about me working, I will be on Disability due to being insane.

Thank you for saving my sanity ;-D
I think I'll check this out - sounds interesting.  I really appreciate all the information you enclosed.  Thank you!
daylight ??saving??

How exactly does it save daylight?  I recently moved from AZ which is one of the few places smart enough not to go along with that nonsense, and it's about the only thing I miss from AZ now that it's been californicated to death.  When DS first became national an AZ legislator summed it up well - "all we need in the summer is more daylight/heat". 



They don't have set rules for saving
I've never had to set rules to get them to save money. My kids generally save most of what they receive without me telling them to, and they just aren't into shopping and spending money.

I assume they've learned from my example because I'm pretty good with money myself and don't spend extravagantly.
Saving files
I have my wav files save to a folder I have named for the company I work from as a subfolder in My Documents.
Saving sent emails,,sm
saving sent emails may sound like a good idea, but that is taking up storage space in the email box. I don't know how much quota your email service provides, but mine is not that much, and I have business class. Your sent box is counted as part of your quota, as well, so it would not be advisable to store a months worth of sent emails, particularly with attached files. perhaps she should look into using an FTP site where you could store the files in My Documents and then just send via ftp, which is a whole lot faster than email and it is encrypted for transfer. suggest it to her. and then start charging her for time spent resending files. That is her job, not yours. my boss occasionally will ask for an individual file to be resent, but never a whole months worth. maybe you should also start looking for different employment. I could not work for someone who got mad at me for something she did. sorry. JMO.
saving grace
being in the military may be your saving grace - from what I have read previously, government jobs like VA mandate FBI checks on transcriptionists doing their accounts.  Would assume especially at this time in the world all military personnel would need that protection.
saving macros
You can save onto a disk by going to tools>templates and add-ins - click Add. Browse to find Program files/microsoft office/office 11/macros folder. C Click ok twice then pick tools>macro>macros. Choose support.doc from the bos. In the macros scroll box choose backup click run.
I am saving up for a Mirra. sm
I don't think I could put an Aeron together.
saving your work
What all do you save and for how long do you keep?  Do you save the actual dictation or just the transcribed work?  When the doctor sends little messages back and forth, how long do you keep that kind of thing?  TIA
They will be saving on all overtime, sm
benefit packages such as health insurance, pension, etc., holiday pay, as well as not having worry about vacation coverage and sick time coverage.

Is it worth it to the hospital? I don't know, some seem to do well with outsourcing and others do not. I think it depends on what the standards are of the institution and the people running the department.

In my 25 year experience as an IC and small MTSO, it is my opinion that Community Hospitals are most likely to care more about quality and retaining happy employees. Most of their money comes from endowments and wealthy individual gifts.

Those hospitals eaten up into a Huge Health System are more likely to care about the bottom line only as they are now eating up physician practices, taking them over and making the physicians employees of the health system.

It is difficult for physicians to maintain a private practice because of malpractice insurance rates. So, the health care systems are taking advantage of the situation and getting group rates while taking over the physicians.

Our entire Health System in the USA is going down hill fast. In my opinion, it is a disgrace...
How exactly do I save autocorrect.  I have sooo many in my old computer and recently purchased a new computer.  How do I put all my corrections onto my new computer.  Can I use a flash drive or do i have to save it onto a disk.  Also, how can i easily save all of my kodak easyshare pictures onto a new computer.  Thanks, everyone is always helpful.

I have an external hard drive and want to save my data from my old computer to my new computer.  How exactly do i do that.

saving autocorrect
could someone please explain to me exactly how to save autocorrect.  I really am not too computer savy and need very explicit directions.  Also, i do not know how to use auto text.  Please Help
saving autocorrect
i saved my autocorrect onto my hard drive and want to add this to my laptop.  i saved the program on the laptop but how do i save it to autocorrect?  Any ideas
saving normal dot

Problem is with some of the proprietary software created by some MTSOs, the normal dot still will not save even when you have the prompt, all you get is a message that normal dot is open elsewhere or some such nonsense, and then you are offered the opportunity to save normal.dot by another name, and even then it still won't save.

I posted earlier an autoclose macro that may solve this problem; however, it probably would be a good idea to also use an autoexit macro as well to cover all bases and I will post both here. 

If that does not work for you, I do have another work-around but it is a lot more complicated.  You can solve part of the problem by attaching and add-in your own templates, and save your macros and your autotext there instead of normal dot, but autocorrect is saved in normal dot, and you have to save your normal dot to save your autocorrect:

So try these macros;  cut and paste into your macro editor:

Sub AutoClose()
On Error GoTo ErrorHandler:
If NormalTemplate.Saved = False Then NormalTemplate.Save
MSGBOX "Normal template is saved
    Exit Sub
MSGBOX "Normal template is not saved
End Sub

Sub AutoExit()
On Error GoTo ErrorHandler:
If NormalTemplate.Saved = False Then NormalTemplate.Save
MSGBOX "Normal template is saved
    Exit Sub
MSGBOX "Normal template is not saved
End Sub

If everything is saving as it should, then you can just delete the line of code that has the msgbox so that word just closes without having to click okay. Write me if you need some help doing this.

Don't see that you are saving any time,
in fact you are typing more characters for 60 by using sxy and the same for tymg. That is the point of expanders, to save typing time. Using the keypad costs big time in production. Taking your hands off the keyboard is not a way to improve productivity.
school is a saving grace for me
during school I have 9 hours to type and I do it straight through after they leave.  I do take some small breaks.  I was up to 1600 or 1700 lines last school year at my other job.  I am hoping for 2000 this school as an average.  I like to be done completely by 4 when they get home and have the rest of the evening to do work around the house, cook dinner and help with homework, baths, hair, blah blah blah.  Like I said, can't wait for school to start!!!!
Bull.... it's not about saving money?
States its not about saving money, its about providing service 24 hours.  There are plenty of people in other careers who work night shifts, why not MTs?  Train people at home!
are you saving your normal.doc each time?
Received one also -- saving my pennies

Got my yesterday in the mail.  Thought that they changed their name.  And I thought it was personally addressed to me.  Don't know how they got my name and my business name as I do not belong to the organization.   Anyway gotta get my reservation in by December 20th or so.  



Saving autocorrect and macros
I know this has been asked before and I did neglect to write down the responses, but I am wanting to reformat my hard drive, but I want to save any autocorrect and macros I have already saved.  how do I do this.  I am not able to locate any normal.dot file, so please don't tell me that.  I have Windows XP and office 2003.  Any techies out there that can help???  Thanks in advance.  KS
Escription- saving work


 I was wondering if anyone out there who uses Escription can tell me if there is a way to save a document that is not yet completed?  Last night we had a planned power down to test the generator (we have one every month) and another MT and I were still in the middle of documents.  We just closed down figuring that it would do the autosave but it didn't save anything. My supervisor tells me it only does the save when the computer crashes or the power goes out. When we had Chartscript we could put the document on hold, but with Escription is it either upload it unfinished or lose it?  Is there any way to save an unfinshed report?


Hosptials and MTSOs are saving $

when we work at home. This is *not* a benefit so we can be more comfortable. It's all about the $. They also have a wider labor poor to choose from. They do not have to set up training programs at the community college, hire a trainer, go through MTs in training who quit, with a wider labor pool. I have no idea how much working at home as an IC saves them over working on site and an employee. I'm sure its big $$$ though. Working as a nurse, cna, rt if you give up benefits they usually raise they pay a few dollers per HOUR. 

 Hosptial square footage is usually big $ and they can rent it out to a doctor's office paying rent if MTs are not there!

Many women *need* to work at home. We should not be taken advantage of because of it. We are saving them money, using our own computers, internet, keyboards, paying for our breaks, errands, and office furniture. They should give an incentive to work at home and an even bigger incentive to contract vs work as employee.


Saving a Word template.

You should save it as a template (.dot) in the same directory that your other Word templates are located. The default directory would be something like this:

c:/document and settings/your name/application data/microsoft/templates

If you can't see the Application Data folder, go to the Control Panel and open the Folder Options file. Click on the View tab and make sure the button for Show hidden files and folders is selected.

Saving autocorrects and macros......

Does anyone remember how to save autocorrects and macros to exchange from one computer to another, or one version of Word to another?

TIA for any/all help.

Career-Saving Headset
I have been a transcriber for more than two decades now, and one problem I have always had is that after an hour or so of work, my ears hurt, and I have to remove the earbuds and rest. I don't know if my ears are smaller than the average bear or if it's a universal problem, but I have finally found the solution to my problem!

I have been so thrilled that I have been to not just my supervisor, but the hospital director of transcription to tell them about this find.

I got a pair of AirDrives headphones. I had never heard of them until my sister, a marathon runner, started raving about how wonderful these things were for runners. Her main thrill about them is that she could hear the music but also could hear what was going on around her, so she wasn't afraid of being hit by a car or bit by a dog that she didn't hear approaching.

But she also told me about the fact that they don't go IN the ear canal, they go OUTSIDE the ear, on that little tab thing. I tried them, and they work beyond all my expectations! I have been able to keep them in for more than 8 hours a day with no discomfort.

This is such a big deal for me that I just have to spread the word. These things are a career-saver for me!
Saving your normal file...how do you do it?
Mine vanished and I am trying to rebuild it but I need to know how to save it before I shut down. TIA.
Buying new
The MT company I work for supplies my computer but I have account on the side from my home computer. I had a computer "cracker" here last week for a serious problem and he suggested I go on line and get a Gateway. Does anyone have any input?
After buying car after car and never really sm
having one completely paid off, I finally got into leasing. I traded for a lease car and had it for 4 years. It was in great shape, inside and out at the end of lease period. I took pictures of the car from all angles to cover myself. Then I "traded" that for another lease, the car which I have now. The payments for lease cars are the same as if you were buying one on loan. The higher the down payment on the lease, the lower the payments are. The longer the lease period, the lesser the monthly payments but there is also the interest charge to consider.

At the end of the lease, though, you have the option of trading it for another car or buying it outright. I leased my current car, a mini SUV, for 4 years with payments of $300 per month, then ended up buying it for $7K at the end of the lease period. I essentially paid the same amount leasing and buying this car as if I had a loan on it. Leasing is not cheap, but you always have a new car. With leasing, you get no equity in the vehicle. If you are a person who wants a new car all the time, then leasing might be good for you. I like a new car all the time, too, but the monthly payments are too hard on my budget. Also with a lease you are required to keep up with the maintenance of the vehicle--more so than if you owned it outright. I don't quite understand your statement about "low payment because you only pay for the amount of money it would depreciate for the time you own it." You never own it, and the monthly payments aren't low.

I hope this helps. I haven't had my caffeine yet.
before buying one...

You should maybe rent one for the weekend, drive it around, and see how you like it. I had a rental when my son wrecked his truck, a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo.  I fell absolutely in love and my hubby got me one for Christmas!

Renting one for the weekend will give you a pretty good idea if you're gonna like it or not. I personally have never owned a convertible, but did drive one (my bosses wife's car) and it was ok, though not that great...good luck!

Not buying it...sm

I didn't graduate from CS or from either of the other 2 schools considered the BIG 3. I had a recruiter from MQ call me the very week I passed my course.  My instructor gave them my name after I graduated.

And if you look on MQs website under FAQ, it states that under certain circumstances, they will accept candidates with less than 1 year experience if they graduated from ONE of the MT schools MQ has a relationship with.

Sorry. Not buying it.
You must work for the folks who are pushing this fiasco. I can tell you from first hand experience. It indeed DOES take longer or as long (just to be fair) to edit as it does to type it.
You are so right about buying there
I bought several items this year off Etsy for my Christmas presents, flower pens, individual painted flower cups for the ladies I gave to, have bought soaps there before, lots of stuff. I really like Etsy, some really nice things.
I'm not buying it.
These are just some of the incidents some of my Canadian friends have gone through:
1. My GF's husband decided he was still a teenager and went snowboarding, tore up his knee and had a 6-month wait for an MRI.
2. Same GF her best friend had an abnormal mammo. 3 months to get an ultrasound.
3. Ex boyfriend's ex-wife broke her leg while they were skiing. They kept her on Morphine from Friday until Monday because no orthopedic doc was available to do the surg.
4. Another GF of mine was on a specific type of thyroid medication that was the only one that they found worked for her. Then they decided it was not a covered drug anymore and she could no longer get it in Canada.
5. Another GF's husband needed cardioversion waited over a month to get it, meanwhile he was in horrible shape, legs and ankles swollen.

I'm sorry this is not acceptable patient care. The latest estimate is $1.3 trillion dollars to re-structure our health care the way Obama wants it restructured. Everyone puts Bush down for his "agenda" on Iraq no matter what the consequences. This is "Obama's" agenda. This country does not need another $1.3 trillion debt for future generations to have to try to pay off. JMHO.
Keystrokes. sm
I know that they have gotten beat up on here lately and had good posts too, but I think that each company is different for each person. I have found a permament place, as long as they stay this way or improve. I am treated fairly, paid well and on time. I am left alone as long as I do what I commit to. This is a perfect situation for me, but to each his own.
Try Keystrokes
They may have radiology positions open. 


I sent you some info via email.  Check your email.



keystrokes ads
anyone know why Keystrokes has ads requiring at least 3 years experience but their website says 5?  which one is it?
Keystrokes. nm

Do you mind e-mailing me please?
Can anyone give me some info on Keystrokes? Are they a good company to work for? Competitive line rate, etc.?

Does anybody know about the company called Keystrokes Transcription Service, Inc out of Illinois?  Am thinking about working for them.

Keystrokes, MDI-MD
to name a couple.