Once upon a mid-Twentieth Century...
In the 1960's, sitting on telephone books, I learned to type on a manual typewriter, bars and hammers, which looked something like...
By the time I was a hyper-typer, I learned to use a Xerox Memorywriter (1980's ad).
Then, customizing my daily start-up, each day my Gateway computer running Windows 3.1 would proclaim: "Welcome to another 8-hour day chained to that machine."
Typing was my work. Each and every keystroke counted for my production but against my ten fingers, which were usually tired at the end of the day.
Out of necessity, I created a system to get more productivity from each and every keystroke one made.
Though the Microsoft Word AutoCorrect facility existed, its out of the box (OOTB) stock phrases were of little use. I found that only by emptying its stock phrases entirely and starting fresh could I get a handle on, and begin getting more done with less keystrokes.
So, to start with this, as "the" is the most common (3-letter) word in the English language, I assigned the single letter t to its use.
Can you think of yourself a moment?
Did you learn to type, or are you self-taught?
Do you rely on your keyboard skills in the course of a "good day's work?"
I soon found that a full-service database was needed if I were to be versatile in putting this system to its maximum use, so I did a quick study of what's called the English canon (not boom) and found the most frequently words typed, the most common verb conjugations, subject-verb pairs, etcetera.
From that day on, every new job supplied me with additional specialty word lists and technical jargon. I grew more easy with exceeding my previous accuracy and high production. Jobs came and went and satisfied customers stayed. The sole reason I was only able to do so was by maximizing and technically exploiting the facility of Microsoft AutoCorrect.
Long before my own ah-hah moment, a frenchman was far surpassing my attempts to make typing easier. His name was <______> I was not aware at and the program he developed was/is <__________> but in 2017 it had not been developed further and promoted any more to the best of my knowledge.
Today, I will not perform production transcription (keyboard entry) without such or similar system.
If you were to be getting more work done, too, you might try putting the word "the" into a time-saving system for yourself.
Try that for yourself.
Open up Word.
Go to the AutoCorrect List.
Replace the word "the" with the single letter t (no quotes nothing else).
Even though the USPS abbreviation for Texas is TX, I use the two letters tx to stand for the word thanks.
To enable any of the 50 US States to be spelled out, I use the ` character followed by the USPS bigraph for the respective State name. The US Post Service abbreviation (bigraph) for the 50 United States' names are included in the full list.
Open up Word. Go to the AutoCorrect List. Replace the word "Texas" with `tx
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