Windows Autocorrect– Auto-replace an abbreviation with full text in any windows program
Years ago I realized I was frequently typing the same thing over and over. For a while I used autocorrect in Microsoft Word which was helpful but had limitations (one huge one is that it only worked in Word). AutoHotKey is a free scripting program that allows you to do an amazing amount of things; one of which is how to use Hotstrings to autocorrect text in any windows program via Hotstrings.
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I have hundreds of Hotstrings which allow me to type a few letters and have them, automatically, replaced with the full word, sentence, paragraph, etc. Below is a simple example where I want to type my main website domain. Instead of typing the entire thing out I just type tac. which is quickly replaced with http://the-automator.com
The second example is one where I want to have line-breaks inserted (This is my template when starting a new AutoHotKey script.) I simply type tst. and the following “magically” appears in its place via windows autocorrect.
The below video outlines how I use hotstrings to reduce the amount of mundane work that I have to do. It is amazing how much time you can save once you get used to using them! Remember your Hotstrings (windows autocorrect) will work in any Windows program! Did I mention it was free? What more could you ask for?