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This was discussed recently. Would be chars. + spaces, but no indents, bold, italics, etc. nm

Posted By: I think..... on 2006-01-24
In Reply to: Has anyone ever heard of B & W 65 character line? - radmom


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10.5 with major national, 65 chars with spaces,
maybe "black and white" chars. (meaning spaces
Probably means chars. AND spaces, but possibly not extra spcs
Yup, same for underlining and italics, too. nm
Help with numbering/indents in Word/EXText

Any of you computer smarties out there who can help me out?  I'm new to Word Client and EXText and I'm trying to figure out the least maddening way to set up my lists and numbers.  I already have a great macro for when they dictate 1., 2., 3., etc. so no problem there.  My problem comes in when some of these guys want 1. and then a., b. c.  They want it to be set up like this (hope it comes out right)

1.   text text text

      a.   Text

      b.   Text

2.  Text

      a.  Text.

I can get my a. b. c. macro to look right when I type it as a stand alone macro, but if I have done my 1.2.3. macro and then try to do the a.b.c. underneath the 1, then it scoots the a.  waaaay too far over to the right, to where it is under the second word of the text, not lined up right under the first letter of the text under 1.  Does anyone know of a way to do this that doesn't involve a bunch of time and extra key strokes?  Hope this makes sense trying to explain it, I'm waiting on deliverye of my Word For Dummies book but then had the thought that I have seen computer-related questions answered here before and thought I would give it a shot.  TIA.

8243 chars is how many lines?
  confused!!! lol
My line including spaces is 65 characters. I've heard that not counting spaces
takes away over 35% of your line count. I believe it too because you have at least 15 or so spaces on each line that you type. Use your first sentence up top as an example; you had 77 char and 21 spaces - in that line that would be a little less than 30% of your characters that you didn't get paid for. I don't think it's worth it and wouldn't want to work without getting credit for my spaces.
Yes, watch margins/font. Unlike 65 chars line, this
I was paid on gross line for years, and I found that it worked out to be about 2 cpl higher than 65 chars line. Thus, 8 cents per gross would equal to roughly 10 cents per 65 chars. However, as other poster stated, you have to make sure it's a 12-size font and 1-inch margins
Chars aren't counted in gross lines. If you have a 4-line paragraph...sm
you have 4 gross lines, no matter how long or short the sentences are. A heading on it's own line is 1 gross line. A signature on it's own line is 1 gross line. The date at the top of a document on it's own line is 1 gross line. Anything on a line going from margin to margin is 1 gross line, no matter how few or many characters, or if there are spaces or not, even if there's only 1 character on that line like 'A' for instance. Does this  help? :)
They used to not pay for spaces, but a poster here said they are getting spaces paid. Are there 2
105,000, discussed before.
This has already been discussed.....
on various threads.  Do a quick search or e-mail admin.
this was just discussed on the
company board. Go to it and scroll down to about 6/19 with comment from Oh, yes, it a full moon for sure. I thought there was another one, too, but I did not see it. Good luck to you.
this is discussed below.
I didn't know it had been discussed either - sm
I don't visit here often.

I have two kids at home (12 and 13) and I roll in the morning and then start to slide at the half way point myself.

I start at 7:30 and take a break about 11:30 or so for lunch, then work some more.

If I am really dragging... I start day dreaming a bit. Okay, a lot. Means i have to go back and read everything more thoroughly but the typing part gets done a heckova lot faster.
Try a search as this has been discussed here before..
This has been discussed extensively. There is
if you discussed (in ANY way) business, yes.
have a receipt with date.
This is the big problem here and what we discussed
Never had famine, still donít.I had 2 children and worked out of the home. How can you let yourself go downhill and just say I sit here trying to make it. That is why this profession has gone down because of no one wanting to leave the house to have a job, just want to sit at home because they have a child. What happens when no money at all, do you still just sit there trying to make it. I had more get up and go, I guess, than what I am reading on here now days. I always wanted to have things like a roof over my head, food for the family, nice vacations and I worked for it. No wonder the companies are offering less and less money to do this job because they have found people willing to wait on things. Before long the workers are going to have to pay the employers to have a job.
TOOOO MUCH!! Which is why it was discussed BEFORE we had kids! LOL
He is adament that the kids will have balance, structure and guides (apparnetly as long as his mother does not object)...fine by me as I was raised that way...however, trying to get a kid to face facts when they were told it was not their fault and they they should be in trouble.....well gee...that is not a recurring line I want used in the house and have yet to get him to admit he was wrong since she told him he was not!  Hence, huge morality issue he needs to learn for his life.   Talking to him all you get is "they say"  instead of I did, I was wrong, etc....she has it in his head he is right, they are wrong!!!!  Our actions are our doing whether good, bad or indifferent.   
It sounds like you and BF have discussed a split up.

At least that's what I think I read below in one of the posts.

The economy of our country is in the toilet right now.  Very few things are secure.  Times are tough and fixing to get tougher.  If there is any way you can slow down, get your bearings, get into a halfway secure position --- your mental health will be better.

You need your mental health in order to be there for your kids.

Have you considered moving the "molehill" instead of the "mountain"?

If the BF has already been approached about the split, what is his position on HIM MOVING out and not you and the kids?  That would be lots less destructive for them.

Also, I wouldn't count on any PT transcription job anywhere right now.  Trust me on this.  This job type is so fluid right now - it's a circus.

I wouldn't move from square one until I got the FT at the hospital.  DON'T MOVE UNTIL YOU FIGURE OUT IF YOU CAN GET THAT JOB.  Then get into it, see what you have to work with.

Secondly, I would not leave myself dependent on the BF for anything but money, and then the courts can get it for you if he decides he doesn't like this, gets a new honey, or gets a "wild hair" and decides to leave the country.

Don't depend on him for babysitting, don't "be nice" and try to share the babysitting.  DON'T DO IT.  Get yourself positioned so you are calling all your shots. 

I know MT looks good on paper when they are selling you an idea of working from home and STAYING WITH YOUR KIDS, but it doesn't work.  The mom ends up the zombie and life becomes like the twilight zone.  I know.  I tried it.  You need to get at the hospital, get daycare, get your childsupport coming in, .........and then think about moving or even buying.  In fact, if you wait, the housing prices are expected to fall even more.  There was an article in our paper about it again yesterday.  Hold off.  If you rent, if the plumbing goes, if the A/C or heater goes......the landlord is responsible.

I don't know if this will give you some things to consider but I hope so.  I raised my kids by myself (of course it was different times but the men were the same, ugh!) and at some times I didn't seem them for having to work so many hours.  I wish now I had just gotten me a State worker job, 8-5, insurance, retirement, gotten a little house even if I had gotten on a program where it was federally assisted, and gone that route.  We could have been together as a family, I wouldn't be doing this horrible life I have now with trying to still work at 60 years old with no place to live.

Think about the future - it's right around the corner.  The kids will be gone and trust me, they won't look back even if they love you lots.  They will be BUSY and you will be an afterthought.  All things in moderation.

First thing - DON'T MOVE, let him move. 

Second thing - WAIT FOR THE FT JOB.

Third thing - Be getting that child support coming in.

I wish you the best. 

p.s. Even if you decide you just have to move and rent even a 2-BEDROOM...it can certainly be done.  My ggg grandparents raised 13 kids in a 2 bedroom old farm house.  Kids slept all over the place!    You and the older kid could share if it's a girl/or if a boy, let him share a bedroom with one of the little ones, and you put the other little one in your room and make a game of it - they will all pitch in and later you all will have "war stories" to talk about when everbody is grown up. 

Look on the company board, they are discussed
almost daily. 
language was being discussed - not just plead

look down 2 lines and you will see this subject discussed. nm
Discussed this with my boss yesterday
She said she had employees who are missionaries and as long as they maintain a legal residence in the US for tax purposes, she has no problem with it.
This is also discussed on the company board

Pay No Spaces, Type No Spaces nm
without spaces compared to with spaces
10 cpl without spaces equals to how many cpl with spaces? 
Spaces versus no spaces....

Can someone tell me how big of a difference it makes if a company pays for spaces versus no spaces.  I have only every been paid without spaces.  I have been offered a position that pays for spaces, but the cpl is less than I am making now.  I am not sure if getting paid for spaces will make up for the pay cut.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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.
I know this has been discussed before but how long does it take to relisten to reports that you have
typed. I know some people do that and some dont. So far I have done okay on QA but if I dont I was just wondering how much extra time per day you figure you need to relisten to reports. I usually do about 30 to 35 medium length reports acute care or 1800 to 2000 lines. What errors do you find mostly when you relisten or is it not worth the extra time it takes. Just curious.
And we've discussed this before on this board. Life is not that
simple for me. If I leave the state, I leave my elderly parents that I care for and I leave my minor children because they legally cannot cross state lines without their father's permission. He's not going to OK that. Besides, I'm happy doing MT. Who ever said I was not happy doing MT? It works great with all the family I have to care for. I just wish I hadn't wasted time and money going to college, especially when the job market in my state got oversaturated with other college grads.
Unlimited long distance...I know this has been discussed before...but..sm
just received letter from AT&T informing me that I cannot use their unlimited plan for what I am using it for, and if I continue to do so, they will charge me a per minute rate and/or remove the service.  I need to know where to go for an unlimited long distance package for transcription.  Please post and let me know what you all use.  Without unlimited, what the heck are we supposed to do? What does everyone else do?  Any help and info would be appreciated.  Thank you
Do a search for 'happy with your job' or something like that. This was discussed a few pages b
Anything related to AAMT is not discussed on this site.
Think this has been discussed before, but the sound quality will probably suffer if you do it. nm
Did you search? We discussed the Saitek Eclipse a few
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.