Trouble with repetitive typing? A useful tool
I tend to make a lot of mistakes when I type. This is a problem, as my job primarily involves writing. So I was happy to find a simple software tool to make the task easier.
The software is called Jitbit Autotext and is a simple program for Windows that allows the user to assign short codes or abbreviations to correspond with longer, frequently used phrases. For example, a user might type tyvm for Thank you very much. The codes can be fully customized by the user, and the interface is simple and intuitive: you simply type the code entry into one line of a table and your chosen phrase into another. After that, the code is instantly available in all other programs and applications on the computer.
I probably answer several dozen emails every day, often answering the same or similar questions from many correspondents. So it was easy to see how the software would increases my work efficiency.
Once installed, the program runs in the background and will activate with any other program or software the user is working with. So the user might type an email, or post a comment to a forum, or open up a word processing program for another task — the same codes apply throughout.
I was able to begin using and relying on this program immediately, as soon as it was installed. The program runs in the background, out of sight. The only problem I encountered is that it came with some built-in codes that were accidentally invoked when I was trying to type real words. It was easy enough to find the offending short-cut abbreviation and delete or modify it. I would recommend that users create codes that aren’t similar to common letter patterns, or add extra non-letter characters into abbreviations to make sure they aren’t accidentally invoked.
The software can be downloaded for a free 30-day trial here: http://www.jitbit.com/autotext/
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