Monday, September 20, 2010
Autocorrect: Where Have You Been All My Life?
A long while back, someone sent me a link to a blog where the author was talking about AutoCorrect. At the time, I thought it was one of those things that involved macros or some other gadget on Word that only confused the heck out of me. So, I didn’t bother reading it. Fortunately, I was smart enough to put it in a file I called “Writing”. Sometimes, I'm so clever, I scare myself.
And then two weeks ago, I was cleaning out that file and decided to read what the guy had to say.
Holy cow! The man could have been talking directly to me.
Some of you may have read Cassy’s interview with me on Friday, September 10th. Those of you who haven’t, shame on you…it was good! Besides cleverness, another of my charms is modesty!!
Anyway, Cassy asked me about my outdated habit of writing long hand, and I admitted, under duress, that my typing skills were severely lacking. No, it’s worse than that. I seriously suck at it, and therein lies the reason I write long hand. I mentioned that I have to turn around and type it on the computer after each scene, since I write so fast I can’t even read my own handwriting. I went on to say, my fingers move faster than my brain, and I transpose a lot of letters in words. Grr… how irritating is that when almost every word I type needs correcting?
It might be a good time to tell you about once in my younger days when the hospitals had a freeze on nursing positions, and I went looking for a job in medical records. Did I mention I have to be looking at my fingers when I type? Anyway, I was told there was a five minute typing test, so when the lady handed me the page to type, I quickly memorized what I thought was enough for five minutes worth. Turns out the test was 20 minutes. Needless to say, I stayed unemployed.
Enter Gary Corby and his wonderful blog on AutoCorrect
It was made for me. Now every time I type form, it automatically changes it to from, freinds become friends, ot changes to to, fo –to of.
I am in typing heaven. Of course I had to go in and make frm change to form for those times when I actually wanted that stupid word.
Another trick is that my heroine’s last name is McAllister. Now all I type is Mc and Voila! McAllister is typed.
Isn’t that just about the coolest thing you’ve ever heard of? To set it up, open a Word document and go to Tools. Click on AutoCorrect Options and just type in the misspelled word under Replace and the real word under With.
It even acts like a little editor for me. I like the word really …a lot. So I have programmed it to type – No, No, Liz- when I type really. Relly changes to the real word really when I just have to use it. Don’t even get me started on just. That comes out – Take me out- when I try to get away with using it.
Does this just really knock your socks off?
Come on, tell me all about words you frequently use or misspell, or just tell me what a genius I am for discovering Gary’s little trick.
I’m in Phoenix right now with nine other women having a blast, but I have my laptop. So someone tell me why I left Texas just as a cold front came through giving us temperatures in the nineties and came to Phoenix where triple digit weather is predicted for the entire week. Kinda puts my genius status in question.
Why am I on vacation with these women, you ask? You should have read my interview!