Thanks to the discussion list of the Editorial Freelancers Association, I recently discovered PhraseExpress — a program that saves time by completing frequently used phrases or snippets of text. I had previously been using the Autocorrect function in MS Word to do this. For example, I had set up Word so that when I type ‘hivx’, the words ‘human immunodeficiency virus’ magically appear in the text. Now I’ve set up PhraseExpress to do the same thing.
The advantage of using PhraseExpress is that it works across all applications — Word, Excel, Thunderbird, Outlook, WordPress, etc. It’s also more user-friendly than the autocorrect function, and the phrases can be stored in a single data file and shared across a network.