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Posted By: looking on 2009-02-02
In Reply to: Is Shorthand the best word expander? - NM

By far superior to the other ones I've used, especially IT - to much to remember with that. With Shorthand, you can highlight an entire document, use two keys to keep it in your SH folder and save it in the blink of an eye. Even if you can't recall what you named it, you can search for it when you open the program and find it. It has a "nesting" feature where you can build upon words and it will put in your phrase as you go. Type part of the word and it will finish it for you. With this program, I have been able to transcribe 350-400 lines per hour, or more at times, depending on the dictator. At pcshorthand.com there is a free month trial - it is well worth the money after the trial period.

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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.
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~

It is the escape key.
I think you can use Shorthand
with that product if I'm not mistake.
Please see

then search "record" and it will take you to the instructions. Hope this helps. The version may be different but probably still applies.

Okay folks help me out here what is ShortHand and where do I find it?  Is there a website or what?  Is this Expander easier to use than Instant Text?  Just want some info here okay?  I use Instant Text but find it cumbersome to manipulate and use.  Just want your opions on this thanks for all your time.



to bold in shorthand, CTRL K then Ctrl B then when finished CTRL K and Ctrl B to unbold. 
I like Shorthand, mainly because it is inexpensive, but also it works with any windows program and you have the ability to work inside the program to make any changes, etc., instead of having to bring it up in the document to make the changes.
Where can I get shorthand?
Is there a good site for acquiring the ShortHand software? I am starting a new job and need to start seeking out expansion programs. Thanks.
Where do you buy the shorthand?? nm
PC Shorthand
I believe Autocorrect will only work within that software application (MS Word).  PC ShortHand will work with Word, WordPerfect, in your email - any software you use while Shorthand is open.  I had different clients requiring Word and/or WordPerfect, so that was a blessing.  Hope that helps