Dear Computer Lady,
I use expanders for long words or phrases when typing documents at work. For instance, when I type “tyvm” the letters automatically expand to “thank you very much”.
How can I do the same thing in other word processing programs on my home PC such as Works or Open Office?
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You can do the same thing with Open Office at home using the AutoCorrect function. Here is how:
1. Open the OpenOffice Writer program.
2. Click on “Tools” in the menu bar, then click on “AutoCorrect Options…”.
3. Make sure the “Replace” tab is selected. Type your shortcut in the “Replace” box, and the full text you want displayed in the “With:” box.
4. Click on the “New” button to save your shortcut.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have all your shortcuts entered, then click the “OK” button at the bottom of the dialog box.
Now, your shortcuts will work in Open Office.
In Microsoft Works, you would follow these directions:
1. Open the Works Word Processor.
2. Click on “Tools” in the menu bar, then click on “AutoCorrect…”.
3. Make sure you have the “AutoCorrect” tab selected.
4. Type your shortcut in the “Replace:” box, and the expanded text in the “With:” box.
5. Click the “Add” button near the bottom of the dialog box to save your shortcut.
6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 until you have all your shortcuts entered, then click the “OK” button at the bottom of the dialog box to save your changes and close the dialog box.