I was scrolling through my usual list of blogs when I came across this tidbit on Above Supra: "why doesn't MS Word auto-correct 'judgement' (with the E) into 'judgment'? Do you know how many times I've typed that wrong?"
My SNL computer nerd instantly kicked in and said it was totally easy to add an AutoCorrect option that would automatically change "judgement" (with the E) into "judgment." For the uninitiated, AutoCorrect in Word is the function that turns your typos into real words. I'm sure you knew it existed, but I bet you didn't know it's very easy to add and change AutoCorrect triggers. Poke around in Word and you'll find an area where you can add new entries to AutoCorrect. For added fun, log onto a friend's computer and add an AutoCorrect option to replace "court" with "your mom."
In addition to typos, you can use AutoCorrect to save time. I use AutoCorrect to streamline my note taking.
When I first started briefing cases I typed out "Plaintiff" and "Defendant," but that lasted one whole hour before I decided it was taking too much time. I could have used capital P and D, but where is the fun in that? The raw thrill of using Greek letters is much more my style and I used AutoCorrect to facilitate my awesomeness. Typing "dd" creates Δ; typing "pp" creates Π; and typing "ss" creates §. That's right, I've even made citing statutes a breeze. While I used the Δ and Π shortcuts more frequently, the § shortcut probably saved me the most time because I didn't cite statutes very often and when I did I didn't want to jump through hoops to get that darn section sign on the page.
What time saving typing tips do you have up your sleeve?