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ShortKeys Tutorial

This tutorial will go through the steps of creating a shortkey and playing it back, using both the Prefix and Suffix activation methods.

Use Prefix Keys

  1. Run the ShortKeys Program.
  2. From the program menu click on Options | Preferences | Playback and select the General tab.
  3. Click on "Use Prefix Keys" and enter ## for the Prefix Keys. Click "OK" to save and return to the ShortKeys window.
  4. Select ShortKeys | Add ShortKey from the main menu.
  5. In the box titled Original ShortKey enter the following: test (Please use lower case letters.)
  6. Tab to the box labeled Replacement Text.
  7. Enter the following: The brown cow jumped over the moon
  8. Click on the "Save and Close" button.
  9. Run the Windows Notepad program.
  10. Place the cursor in the Notepad window and type the following: ##test
  11. The ##test will be erased and replaced with the text: The brown cow jumped over the moon
View a detailed example how to activate a shortkey with Use Prefix with Prefix Keys.

Use Suffix Keys

  1. To begin this tutorial, first go through the Prefix Keys tutorial to create the ShortKey that will be used in this tutorial.
  2. Return to the ShortKeys program and from the menu click on Options, Preferences, Playback and select the General tab.
  3. Click on "Use Suffix Keys" to activate this option. Click the "OK" button to save.
  4. Return to the Windows Notepad program.
  5. Type test and then press either the Space Bar or the Enter Key.
  6. The word test will be erased and replaced with the text: The brown cow jumped over the moon
View a detailed example how to activate a shortkey with Use Suffix Keys.

Use Suffix Keys with Use Punctuation Characters and Hint Mode

  1. Return to the ShortKeys program and from the menu click on Options, Preferences, Playback and select the General tab.
  2. Make sure the "Use Suffix Keys" option is still selected.
  3. Click on the "Use Punctuation Characters" and "Retype Suffix Key" options. Click on the Apply button.
  4. Next click on the Hint tab.
  5. Select "Show Hints when using Suffix Keys". Click on the OK button to save and return to the ShortKeys window.
  6. Activate the Windows Notepad program.
  7. Type test. You will notice a yellow hint box that appears in the upper left corner of the screen. It displays your shortkey and the first 50 characters of replacement text.
  8. Press the ? mark. The word test is erased and replaced with the text: The brown cow jumped over the moon? The question mark was added to the end of the replacement text.
  9. While in Notepad, type test again. This time press the "." period.
  10. The word test is erased and replaced with the text: The brown cow jumped over the moon. The period was added to the end of the replacement text.
View a detailed example how to activate a shortkey with Use Suffix Keys and Use Punctuation Chars.

Use Suffix Keys with Replace Word Option

  1. Run the ShortKeys program. Make sure that the Suffix Key option is still selected.
  2. Select ShortKey | Add ShortKey from the main menu.
  3. In the box titled Original ShortKey enter the following: inv
  4. Tab to the box labeled Replacement Text
  5. Enter the following: invest
  6. Click on the Replace Word button.
  7. In the Replace Word window that opens, enter the word invest in the Word to Replace field.
  8. Select the invd option and click on the ed button. The word invested should appear on the right.
  9. Select the invg option and click on the ing button. The word investing should appear on the right.
  10. Select the invm option and click on the ment button. The word investment should appear on the right.
  11. We could go on and add other endings, but this will suffice for this tutorial.
  12. Click the OK button to return to the Modify Keys window.
  13. Click on the Save and Close button to return to the ShortKeys window.
  14. Your shortkey of inv should be listed with a replacement text of invest. In the suffix column you should see the letters d,g and m.
  15. Now let's test what we just created.
  16. Return to the Windows Notepad program.
  17. Type inv and press the Space bar. The inv should be erased and replaced with the word invest.
  18. Now type invd and press the Space bar. This time the invd will be erased and replaced with the word invested.
  19. Try the same with invg and invm. They will be replaced with the words investing and investment.