Basic Questions

What's the difference between SpeedType transcription software and my word processor's macros?

SpeedType transcription software and your word processor's macros have the same purpose--to reduce the number of keystrokes you need to type commonly used words. SpeedType transcription software has the advantage that it is not tied to a single word processor--you can use it with just about every Windows word processor, text editor, and even with text edit boxes within dialog boxes. SpeedType transcription software is designed to be much easier to use than the macro abilities of most word processors (which usually requires programming); much work has gone into designing a user interface that is readily usable by both touch typists and "hunt-and-peck" typists.


Can SpeedType transcription software really work with almost all Windows GUI applications?

SpeedType transcription software uses the Windows hooks mechanism to monitor and insert characters into the Windows keyboard message queue. Virtually all Windows GUI (Graphical User Interface) applications uses the standard Windows keyboard message queue and SpeedType transcription software should work well with these applications.


SpeedType transcription software is a 32-bit Windows application; will it work with older Windows 3.1 word processors running under Windows 95, 98 or NT 4?

Yes. SpeedType transcription software works with most Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT applications. An older 16-bit version of SpeedType transcription software is available if you are using a 16-bit Windows operating system; please contact OfficeSoft if you need this version.


Does SpeedType transcription software work with DOS programs?

No. SpeedType transcription software works only with programs that use the Windows graphic user interface.


So what applications are incompatible with SpeedType?

SpeedType transcription software may not work correctly with:

  • DOS, System Console and other "text only" windows.
  • Applications with built-in abbreviation expansion (such as the Microsoft Word AutoCorrect wizard). If you are using SpeedType transcription software with MS Word, be sure to disable the AutoCorrect wizard.
  • Applications (such as some terminal emulators) that do not understand the BACKSPACE key; for such applications, you can still use the SpeedType transcription software hot key to insert text--press F10 to bring up SpeedType, select your keyword then press the Type It button to insert the text.

Questions on Specifications

How many dictionary entries can SpeedType transcription software support?

The theoretical maximum number of entries in a single dictionary is 2 billion. However, the practical limit is much lower and depends on the amount of free memory available. Some users have reported using SpeedType transcription software with a 500,000 entry dictionary. The number of dictionary files is limited only by hard disk space.


What is the maximum number of characters that can be associated with a keyword?

32,000 characters total. You cannot get around this limit; the text loaded by the @INPUTFILE tag counts toward this limit. This is a designed limitation to conserve memory; please contact OfficeSoft if you need to transfer large amounts of text.

Questions on Running SpeedType

Is it possible to run SpeedType transcription software automatically whenever I start Windows?

Yes. Place the SpeedType transcription software program icon in the Windows Startup folder to have Windows automatically execute SpeedType transcription software whenever you start Windows. You should note, however, that SpeedType transcription software works best if it is loaded last. If you find that SpeedType transcription software does not work correctly when initialized from the Windows Startup folder you should launch SpeedType transcription software manually.


SpeedType transcription software doesn't work correctly with some of my applications!

Try changing the text transfer method. SpeedType transcription software has two methods for transferring text: by keyboard simulation and by simulating the clipboard paste operation. If you encounter a problem inserting text into an application, try changing the text transfer method in SpeedType's Preferences box. If you are using Microsoft Word, be sure to disable MS Word's AutoCorrect wizard by choosing AutoCorrect from MS Word's Tools menu and unchecking the "Replace Text as You Type" box.


After SpeedType transcription software inserts the text, the text caret is positioned at the wrong place in the word processor!

Try changing the text transfer method in SpeedType's Preference box.


How do I change the date/time formats used by the LONGDATE, SHORTDATE, LONGTIME and SHORTTIME tags?

You can define your own date/time format by selecting the International icon in the Windows Control Panel.


How do I get rid of the message that asks for confirmation whenever SpeedType transcription software exits?

Go to the Display page in the Preferences box and check the "Do Not Confirm Exit" option.

Display Preferences

How can I stop SpeedType transcription software after it has started inserting text?

Press the ESC key or use the mouse to click on the SpeedType transcription software icon in the Windows System Tray.