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Anyway, Cassy asked me about my outdated habit of writing long hand, and I admitted, under duress, that my typing skills were severely lacking.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!


Tonya Kappes said...

Hot diggity Liz! You just taught me something!! I still write long hand b/c I'm more creatvie that way...but like you, I do have to enter them into the computer.

Liz Lipperman said...

Good morning, Tonya. You will absolutely love Auto Correct.It is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Hope your 12 year old is home and doing OK. Tonsillectomies can be a bear on older kids.

Donna Cummings said...

I have AutoCorrect on in Word, but sometimes it drives me nuts because it second guesses me AND IT'S WRONG. LOL

Although I love your idea of putting in "reminders" for certain words. (I already know which ones Christine would suggest I tag like that. LOL)

Lindsay said...

Auto Correct is a great little feature. I'm still working on getting it to write a whole book for me.
Try to stay out of trouble Liz. We all know from reading previous posts how trouble seems to find you. Oh, and no Karaoke. Save your voice for Crime Bake.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Oooh, I'll have to try that! The reminder would especially be nice for repeat words. We all have our favorites :-)

Liz Lipperman said...

Donna, try putting in the words you consistently misspell. I absolutely love this.

Liz Lipperman said...

Lindsay, wouldn't that be terrific? And yes, I am staying out of far!!

And karaoke is on the scedule for later this week!!!

Walt M said...

Why does "form" become "from" when "form" is a word?

Liz Lipperman said...

Walt, sorry it has taken me so long to respond, but I was in Phoenix on vacation and lost internet service mid week.

Yes, form is definitely a word, but I have programmed my AutoCorrect to recognize form as from. When I really want to use form, I simply type frm and it converts to form.

I know it seems like a lot of work, but form/from is the number one word I type incorrectly - almost always, actually.

Hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again on Monday when it's my turn to blog again.