Working with Instant Text

Easy steps to work with Instant Text

Working with Instant Text is very easy. Here are a few preliminary steps when you start.

Start with glossary compilation

First you will allow Instant Text to compile glossaries for each of the different subjects for which you normally produce documents. You may already have folders that correspond to different subjects (for example, a folder for contracts, one for sales, one for medical reports, another for some hobby...). So compiling a glossary for each of these folders should be an easy step.

In other cases, you will want Instant Text to compile a glossary for a complete set of documents that have a common subject. These may be documents produced in-house or that you obtained from a data base, some electronic bulletin board, or some CD-Rom.

You may also start with some of the supplied glossaries but you are likely to outgrow them soon because glossaries that are customized to your practice will tend to be more effective.

You may also import abbreviation lists

Instant Text can import abbreviation lists you used with other systems such as PRD, AutoCorrect, QuickCorrect and many others. Importing these lists converts them to Instant Text glossaries.

So from day one you can reuse these carefully memorized abbreviations. Of course, you will soon use thousands of new abbreviations without memorizing them, and will take advantage of sentence continuations. Simultaneous use of old and new makes for a smooth transition.

Then select a glossary

Select a glossary that corresponds to the subject you are addressing. You can now start typing your document. As you type, the advisories will show you what abbreviations are available: this means that you never need to remember abbreviations. If you type an abbreviation, it will be immediately expanded.

If the subject of your document changes, you can switch instantaneously to another glossary. Using custom glossaries is the key to getting an unprecedented keystroke reduction with Instant Text.