How to Learn Shorthand Typing

By Chanel Adams

With shorthand typing, you can quickly create letters, essays and other important documents. All you have to do is type a few letters and your computer then recognizes the words you want to enter. The AutoCorrect feature is what many people use to type in shorthand. With the AutoCorrect feature on Microsoft Word, you can use the shorthand tool for abbreviating phrases and words. Not only will it allow you to type faster, but it will spell those words out correctly. You can easily learn how to set it up and start typing.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Word

Step 1

Click the Office or "Tools" button. For those with Microsoft Word 2007, the Office button is the logo in the upper, left hand corner. Click the "Word Options" or "AutoCorrect Options".

Step 2

Click on the "Proofing" section in the "Word Options" dialog box, for those who have Microsoft Word 2007. Once you're there, you should click on the "AutoCorrect Options". This will finally take you to the option to include shorthand in your typing.

Step 3

Go to the "AutoCorrect" tab. Type the text that you want to be automatically corrected in the replace text box. For example, type "jj". This would be the "replace" box. Next, type the text that you want the program to automatically insert in its place in the next text box. You would type "Jacob James". This is the "with" box. Click "Add" when you're finished.

Step 4

Click "OK" on the "AutoCorrect" dialog box. Also, click "OK" on the "Word Options" dialog box. Microsoft Word will take you back to your blank document.

Step 5

Type in the text you wanted to AutoCorrect in the document. In this case, you would type in "jj". Once you hit the space bar, the name "Jacob James" should appear in the document.

Step 6

Use AutoCorrect to type in the words you want to abbreviate. You can add as many words or phrases that you want. After you add them, practice them to see if they work.

Tips & Warnings

  • The AutoCorrect feature will only recognize the phrase after you enter a space bar.
  • You can edit, delete or change your abbreviations anytime.
  • AutoCorrect allows punctuation such as commas.
  • When creating your abbreviations in small letters or capital letters, make sure to enter them in your document as so.
  • Use consonants and don't use abbreviations that are commonly used.
  • Spell the word or phrase correctly when you enter it into AutoCorrect.