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Word has its own excellent word expander in Autocorrect.

Posted By: I use autocorrect on 2006-02-28
In Reply to: I'm going to type an acct at home for local group. What is a good word expander for - a Windows98? Any hints on other

It reminds me of the old PRD

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Word AutoText, AutoCorrect, and Spellchecker, and other Word features
I have just started working for a company that uses Word (my previous experience was HTML-based and had its own autotext and spellchecker).

I have never bought medical spellcheckers nor Instant Text, especially that I have learned a lot from posters here that one could use the autocorrect feature for long words/phrases/paragraphs/templates. I have heard of people saying autocorrect was not meant to be used for such.

I have been browsing some features of shortcuts in Word (using the Assistant), and have discovered that it has AutoText. I tried it by highlighting a whole document (canned procedured), then hit Alt+F3, assigned a code, and voila! I have a template that readily inserts into an open Word document by typing the code and hitting Enter.

Also, I have learned that I can insert empty fields (for variables in my templates like BP/HR/RR/Temp values by hitting Ctrl+F9, then when I have inserted the autotext for a template with such empty fields, I can readily jump from one field to the next (to fill them up with values) by hitting F11 (or Shift+F11 to go to previous empty field).

We do know that many dictators want us to type verbatim even for running sentences, so that I have found the Spelling and Grammar checker feature of Word quite cumbersome. I discovered tonight that I could use just the spellchecker feature by clicking on Tools > Customize, then under Categories, select Tools; under Commands, select Spelling. I dragged that onto my tool bars so I can do a quick spellcheck. Cool thing was, the previous documents I have made with new drug names, etc., which I have spellchecked using a non-Word program, were automatically included in its database (so I do not have to re-enter them as I begin to utilize this feature). Drawback: I could not make a shortcut key for this (have to use the mouse again!)

Then I made my OWN keyboard shortcut for autocorrect by going to Tools>Customize>Keyboard (click on button then another window appears), Under Categories, choose Tools; under Commands, choose AutoCorrect. Under Press new shortcut key, assign the shortcut you want (F key, Alt or Ctrl + desired key), then click on Assign button.

Well, that is all I can share for now. I have learned a lot from posters here, and I hope I have added some info, especially for Word users like me who can be categorized as average.javascript:editor_insertHTML('text','');
It is Word. ExText is the word expander
Need Word Expander for Word
Might want to look into SpeedType.  I just got it and I love it.  Works with everything on your computer
Word Expander for Word?

After years and years of using WP 5.1 we have switched to regular old word... i hate change but I know it's time.

The autotext in Word seems to be a bit... different.  Does anyone have any helpful hints? 

Now the fun part begins of adding in ALL the macros and shortcuts...

word expander for MS Word

Hi Hope,

I'm not Emily Ann, but I'm definitely interested in anything that you have to say about word Expander for MS Word expander.  Thanks. 




Do you mean Word AutoCorrect? (sm)
Please don't rely on that as an Expander -- once you get above 2,000 abbreviations it is notorious for crashing.

Intant Text (Textware Solutions) is the best expander because it's the only one you'll ever need. It works with practically any platform, so you can take your expander file with you and not waste time setting up a new one. It effortlessly imports expansion files from almost every other program (including DocQScribe and PRD+); if your former program is not supported, the techies at Textware will usually translate it for you and email it to you.

Don't be scared off by the marker key nonsense and the ludicrous instructions in the manual from Cheryl Flanders and others explaining how to gradually convert to that method.

The programmer had in his mind one way to use it, but most MTs I've trained have just used the mode that emulates traditional Expanders and been perfectly happy. Want to add a new abbreviation? Simply highlight, press Alt-=, and your new phrase is entered with the abbreviation already suggested.

Harriet's Productivity Talk forum is your best source for this information.
Autocorrect in Word
Does anybody know what the maximum file size is for the autocorrect file in MS Word 2000?  Do you know how many entries it will hold before it will start deleting entries?
Word Autocorrect

Microsoft does not make it easy, you have to be comfortable following their instructions or writing macros.  You can just print the list by following the instructions here:


If you want to make a backup and print the list, you should follow the instructions here:


I too use only Word autocorrect

I do not want to deal with drop down menus.  Also, if you clear out old entries once a while, it will free up space although knock on wood I haven't had a problem with space.  I just refuse to have to think of abbreviations while I type.  I have just enough to not to have to transcribe the longer words.  I have some phrases and I also have entire paragraphs, but I do not do a whole array of dictators.  I have only about 10 that I constantly transcribe, so I guess it's easier in that respect.  I also have documents in Word that are just basic templates that I pull from to transcribe the clinic work that I do and those already have the paragraphs inside. 

I also have read that you can make blatent errors with expanders, so you may want to be careful and really watch what is expanding instead of worrying so much about being so speedy.  These are people's health records, it is isn't just a job that it's okay if it expands wrong because really it isn't okay.  It is someone's health.

And while I'm on the subject, I am sort of tired of hearing about lines per hour.  What happend to quality?  I am fairly fast, but I don't like to be too speedy since that's when errors are made and I really don't care how many lines per hour I can do as long as I'm accurate.  I do fine in the salary department.

Autocorrect in Word does that, I think all
expanders have the ability to function that way.  You don't want something to automatically change things unless you specifically request it to because in MT there are unusual spellings and it can change a word to make it incorrect for context.  I have words that I can't remember how to spell or words that I constantly transcribe wrong or transpose letters. 
Word Autocorrect question...
I have a part time position that does not want abbreviations typed out if the doctor says them as an abbreviation except on diagnosis.  I use auto correct in word as an expander.  Need to know how, if it can be done, to stop the auto correct from extending out word or phrase when I just want the abbreviation without having to backspace to erase and correct.  Anyone?
Word AutoCorrect Question
Make a macro instead.
Word AutoCorrect Question


I have used abbreviation programs where you could alter the word you just typed, but I can't figure out how to use it with Word's AutoCorrect program because it would involve using backspace.  For example, to have an AutoCorrect entry that would go back one space and add "s" to the typed word.  Or one that would go back one space and add a period.  Anyone have any ideas?     Thanks so much for your help!




Word AutoCorrect question


I just bought a new computer and I want to put my Word AutoCorrect entries on my new computer.  I know this can be done.  Can someone please tell me how? 



Word version Autocorrect - thanks! (nm)
I use AutoCorrect and AutoText on Word sm
It isn't as limited as you might think.  If you have over 225 characters in your selection or have blank lines, etc. you need to check "formatted text."  You can also put it in AutoText and once you start typing the first few letters a box will come up with the rest of the text and if you want to insert it, you just press enter.  I have many, many entries in both AutoCorrect and AutoText.  I like it much better than the ShortHand program I bought, though I do need that to transfer text to the Word program that work uses between emails, etc.   That may be because I've used Word for years and am used to it. 
The version I use does not use my word autocorrect but has
its own. I have to turn mine off or they both come in at the same time with words within words.
Copy autocorrect from WP to Word...HELP! ...sm

Is it possible to copy the autocorrect in Word Perfect and put it into Word, on the same computer?  Really didn't want to write everything down and re-enter, so any help would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks, Debbie

Hot key to open AutoCorrect in Word? sm
Does anyone know the hot key to open up autocorrect in MS Word?  I tried searching word and couldn't find it and I tried googling and couldn't find it.  Any help would be wonderful,  TIA.
Autocorrect is part of Word
template in word (all of your autotext entries) are contained in that "normal" template.  Wordscript shouldn't have anything to do with it?
I am using my first Word-based platform and am using autocorrect
to add my short cuts into because my other short cut program is attached to the other platform I use so I cannot use it or convert it.  I am having trouble entering things into and not getting the results I want.  My headings I need bolded and I am not sure if those can be added bolded into short cut or if I have to keep going and bolding them mannually.  Also, I am getting an extra space when I put in "yo" and want it to come out -year-old.  The extra space is between the age number and the first dash (-) in front of year so I have to keep going back and taking it out.  Also, I can't figure out how to Center without having to use the mouse.  If somebody could help me, I would appreciate it.  If anybody out there has a cheat sheet they can e-mail me I would be forever greatful.  THANKS SO MUCH!!!
It is like Word in a lot of ways, with the same type of AutoCorrect. sm
But you have an ADT utility to select the patient demographics for the report you are doing. Actually very nice. I enjoyed DQS while I was on it.
Which one -- AutoCorrect or AutoText? Word version?
How To Save Word Autocorrect Entries
Would someone kindly tell me how to save your Word 2003 autocorrect entries?  I need to do a complete reinstall of Word?  Thank you very much !
Is there a way to import autocorrect from Word to EMDAT?
I would still have to redo a bunch because they start with . but it would speed things up a bit!  Any tips for EMDAT appreciated.
You don't necessarily to turn off the AutoCorrect of Word.....
I left mine on and when the ESP got full, started putting stuff in the AutoCorrect. There is a setting that you have to make to allow the AutoCorrect to work as well (in "Preferences") but I needed the extra space, took out some of the idiotic things in the AutoCorrect, and replaced them with abbreviations. It works GREAT!
Also, Word has the AutoCorrect and AutoText--see inside
Also, Word has the excellent AutoCorrect (for expanding words like "tp" into "the patient"). It is an excellent help, the only downside being that it maxes out at about 7000 entries.

Also, for longer portions of type, like something a doctor says over and over, there is AutoText in Microsoft Word. Just put the paragraph or sentence or whatever in th AutoText, and the next time the doc says it, you can put it in.

Also, you can save complete documents in Word that you may use again- like psychiatric tests that they do-- you can just open that document and rename it a new name (keeping the old document as the template, like "Dr Smith Psyc tests" and then rename it when you do it to something new- and you can have all your margins, test headings, tabs, etc.

I would not work without these 3 things being available--AutoCorrect, AutoText, and the ability to store documents that I might want to use again.

So, I'd just drag them into the 21st century! It is actually ridiculous. Would their programmer(s) work without their production shortcuts? They have plenty of them. Ask them not to use any, to type every / and etc. and have no canned programming stored, and see how they like it. Arrogant snobs.
word has both autotext and autocorrect plus macros

I really don' t see all that much need to buy a ShortHand program, especially when you are just starting out and probably put out a lot of money already. Just click on your toolbar, click on autocorrect, and you will get a menu that you can use to add in your new expansions. 

if you would like to access this toolbar from your keyboard, you can create a macro that will do this.

Sub ATxtShow()
End Sub

Paste this into your macro editor, and now record a "hot key" macro on whatever key(s) you would like to use.  I use alt-5, but you can use any alt or control key combination you have free.

I certainly hope this macro posts properly, I tried 3 times to post a macro that to count characters, and each time a quote mark was removed by the system, but I hope this will post properly.  I will follow up on this immediately after posting and make sure it is correct.








Need help again - how do you download your autocorrect entries into a computer with only word and sm
Is there any way to import Word Autocorrect entries into WordPerfect?

I've been Googling it and there is some info about going from WordPerfect to Word, but I can't find anything about importing them from Word to WordPerfect.

I just got really screwy account where we have to transcribe the reports in WordPerfect to get the line count, then save them in Word to send to the client. 

Does anyone know of any version of Word that allows UNLIMITED Autocorrect entries? Tx NM
Does anyone know of any version of Word that allows UNLIMITED Autocorrect entries? TX NM
Google MS Word, delete autocorrect entries
You can use the AutoCorrect Utility that comes with Word to backup and restore ... sm
or just copy your .acl file to your flash drive. The name of the template with the AutoCorrect Utility macro depends on your version of Word. Word 97 is macros8.dot, Word 2000 is macros9.dot (has to be downloaded from the Microsoft site), and 2002/2003 is support.dot. You open the template and follow the instructions.

You can find your .acl file by adding an entry and searching for *.acl by the date you created the entry. You may have to check the option to search hidden files and folders and you may have to change your view in the search box to Details to see dates.

Formatted AutoCorrect entries are stored in the normal.dot. Those are entries you have added formatting such as bold or italics or multi-line entries.

Need info on backing up Shorthand files. Also Word Autocorrect. TIA. nm


If you don't have an expansion program, you can put stuff in Word in your AutoCorrect/AutoText un
Can I transfer instant text word list to autocorrect??
Hi all. Well I have a ton of entries stored in my Instant Text program. The problem is, that now that I am using Editscript version 8 instead of version 6, whenever I use my instant text program, it freezes up on me.. So I am just wondering, is there any way that I can transfer over my IT word lists over to autocorrect in microsoft word?? I think this is the only text Expander I can use with editscript 8. I really appreciate any help with this!!
Oh, you MUST have a word expander
You could probably DOUBLE what you are typing now.  I'm not sure about figures, but probably close to double anyway.  There are probably others on this board who could tell you better than I, but you MUST get one!!  I can't believe you are still typing without one.    I use Shorthand.  You can try it for free.
Word Expander
I have the same problem too. I used to have SmartType and it was SO easy to use. I have to use MS Word and to get a SmartType for MS Word costs $195.00. Plus like you, I am having a terrible time getting things to back up like you describe. PLEASE let me know if you get any good answers. With SmartType, there were already a bunch of shortcuts in the program. With the one I'm using now, I'm having to start from scratch. Do you realize how long it's going to take me to get anywhere near what I had loaded with SmartType? MONTHS, IF EVER. Again, let me know what you find out. I detest this program as all I can think about is how good I had it before.
word expander, please help!
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Word Expander
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You can STILL make it do what you want to do. You just don't have to go through the initial time and work of setting it up.

Besides an Expander is always correct. You don't have to stop and look up spelling. I don't understand what you mean by "your way" as you can take any expander and still make it "your way."?
What word expander do you use?
Can you add these to your word expander?
word expander

I use PCShorthand.com and I really like it; not only is the price $89.00 it has everything you will ever want and need for a word expander.  It works with MS Word also.

expander, but not MS Word
Howdy. When I was typing neurological transcription, I disliked MS Word type programs because of the spell checking/grammar checking. I basically had to turn off almost the entire grammar checking, and a lot of it still wasted my time. So I made MT Keys. I designed it specifically for transcription (while I was typing the neurological transcription), and it has ShortHand expansion as one of its features. It also has one-key features that send things to Google with only hitting one key. You might want to check it out.
word expander
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Need to purchase a word Expander and wanted to get opinions on which is best.  Can't afford a very expensive one right now.  Any suggestions?
Does anyone know what shortcuts program works with wordperfect 5.1?
Word expander. sm
Could you please E me or put on board type of word Expander that you use?  Thanks. 
Word expander
I use ShortHand - but when editing it is not necessary to use it that often.
Word Expander
I would appreciate some recommendations on word expanders.   Thanks