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  • auto-text program (for windows)?

    hey guys,

    can anyone recommend a program that will remember text and insert it when I need it?

    i.e. instead of typing the same email reply over and over again, I can just type "@reply1" or some other similar command and it will enter the desired text

    thanks for any help on this

  • #2
    I don't use this type of program, but I googled "windows text macros" and found quite a few hits, including free-ware and share-ware.

    Good luck,

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    • #3
      ActiveWords is the best program for Windows out there to do text replacement:

      http://activewords.com/

      It can also do many other things, like give you a keyboard shortcut for adding a new appointment in Outlook even if you're in another program.

      HTH,
      Marina

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      • #4
        ^^^

        thanks guys, I'll check the links and choose one of the options

        much appreciated

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        • #5
          quick update, I ended up going with;

          http://www.phraseexpress.com/

          the reasons I chose this one is because;

          1. it's freeware (for personal use)

          2. there's a portable version (allowing me to install it on my usb drive). I answer a lot of emails from different workstations at my job so being portable was key for me.

          been using it for 30 minutes and it's been great so far!

          thanks again for the help

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          • #6
            Autohotkey

            If you're technical - you should take a look at AutoHotKey - it's very powerful and allows you to run mini-"macros" to do complex multi-step tasks as well as simple word substitution.

            http://www.autohotkey.com

            HTH - J.

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            • #7
              Hello GTD Fans,

              I just found that you talk about our Autotext Utility PhraseExpress. Thank you for suggesting it.

              We gladly help if you have any question about PhraseExpress.

              Here is a video demo illustrating the features:
              http://demo.phraseexpress.com

              Manual with many step-by-step video tutorials:
              http://manual.phraseexpress.com

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              • #8
                AutoHotKey

                I'd second AutoHotKey. Very powerful (& free). Great timesaver in my software development/management work.

                http://www.autohotkey.com/

                Tom

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                • #9
                  AutoHotkey is useful and flexble if you are willing to cope with the complexity.

                  But I doubt that average PC users are willing to digg through papers like this: http://www.autohotkey.com/docs/Tutorial.htm#Send

                  AutoHotkey is a very powerful and flexible macro automation utility rather then a out-of-the-box Autotext utility. It can do Autotext but its strength is certainly more the automation capabilities which comes with a pretty steep learning curve.

                  In my humble opinion, it is not aimed at average users who just want to use a PC to get things done.

                  Michael
                  Last edited by bartelsmedia; 01-20-2009, 09:57 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bartelsmedia View Post
                    AutoHotkey is useful and flexble if you are willing to cope with the complexity.

                    But I doubt that average PC users are willing to digg through papers like this: http://www.autohotkey.com/docs/Tutorial.htm#Send

                    AutoHotkey is a very powerful and flexible macro automation utility rather then a out-of-the-box Autotext utility. It can do Autotext but its strength is certainly more the automation capabilities which comes with a pretty steep learning curve.

                    In my humble opinion, it is not aimed at average users who just want to use a PC to get things done.

                    Michael
                    I agree 100%

                    AutoHotKey was way too complex and advanced for my liking

                    PhraseExpress on the other hand is VERY easy to use and does the job perfectly. I've now installed it at home as well and I highly recommend it. Great time saver for anything relating to text.

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                    • #11
                      I'd like to second the recommendation for ActiveWords.

                      Solid product, regular updates, easy to set up and use.

                      It was one of the first thing I missed when switching to the Mac.

                      - Don

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                      • #12
                        AutoKey to Save Outlook Password

                        I'm using Vista with Outlook 2007 which keep asking for a password. Someone suggested AHK script below with modified userids and passwords. I have two mail accounts in case you're wondering about the repetition. It compiles, but Outlook still asks for bloody passwords. I've wasted a lot of time trying to fix this and I am on the verge of making the leap to Thunderbird.

                        Any help would be much appreciated.

                        IfWinExist, Inbox - Microsoft Outlook,
                        {
                        WinActivate, Inbox - Microsoft Outlook,
                        ExitApp
                        }

                        Run OUTLOOK.EXE

                        Sleep, 10000

                        IfWinNotActive, Enter Network Password, , WinActivate, Enter Network Password,
                        WinWaitActive, Enter Network Password,
                        Gosub, SendPasword

                        IfWinNotActive, Enter Network Password, , WinActivate, Enter Network Password,
                        WinWaitActive, Enter Network Password,
                        Gosub, SendPasword

                        WinWait, Inbox - Microsoft Outlook,
                        IfWinNotActive, Inbox - Microsoft Outlook, , WinActivate, Inbox - Microsoft Outlook,
                        WinWaitActive, Inbox - Microsoft Outlook,

                        Send, {F9}
                        ExitApp

                        SendPasword:

                        ControlGetText, UserName, RichEdit20A1

                        If UserName = scstdenis
                        Send, xxxxxx{ENTER}

                        If UserName = sstdenis
                        Send, xxxxxx{ENTER}

                        sleep, 1000

                        Return

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                        • #13
                          May I note that this request seems not to lack a certain irony about what has been said earlier.
                          Last edited by bartelsmedia; 01-30-2009, 12:43 AM.

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                          • #14
                            ???

                            Uh, at home I'm using outlook 2007 with 5+ mail accounts, each one has it's own user ID and password which are stored in the config for the account. Is this for personal use or in a corporate exchange environment?

                            -Ben

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                            • #15
                              It's for home use using a POP3 mail server. I recreated both mail accounts just in case they weeere corrupted.

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