4.90 (163 reviews)
☑ Please Note: The text expander used to demonstrate shortcut methods (Instant Text) is NOT compatible with macOS.
☑ Develop your own easy-to-remember shorthand abbreviations for headings, specialized terminology, medications, and client-specific information.
☑ Enhance entries with comments or flags to prevent critical errors.
☑ Create custom glossaries for specific clients or fields of practice.
☑ Create powerful commands for the editing of voice recognized material.
Disclaimer: Please note that this course uses Instant Text 7 and not IT8 and 9. However, the big focus of this course is in learning shortcut methods, which is universal and transferrable to whatever expander you use.
Welcome to the first course of its kind, specifically designed to teach the transcriptionist how to become super efficient at the keyboard with the use of a text expander!
In brief, the text expander is a typing productivity tool that docks onto the bottom of any word processor, such as MS Word, Google Docs, and editing platforms used by transcription companies. With the expander docked to your editing screen, specialized terminology and commonly used phrases can be typed very quickly using abbreviations or shortcuts that the user assigns to the program. This significantly reduces the number of keystrokes needing to by typed, which in turn increases your speed immensely. The text expander also prevents critical spelling errors and cuts down on the amount of wear and tear on your wrists, joints, and hands.
This course is geared toward the transcriptionist who has peaked in their level of productivity at the keyboard and would like to increase their line rate. This course will also benefit the transcription student who is looking for an in-depth course on the text expander so they are more prepared prior to entering the workforce. With the specialized terminology already provided within the text expander glossaries, students and seasoned transcriptionists alike will feel more equipped and efficient in their work as a transcriptionist.
Stay ahead of the curve and learn how to use the text expander program that all your colleagues are talking about!
Introduction Part 1 - Welcome and Course Overview
Before We Begin
How Does it Work?
Intro Part 2 - The Three Biggest Myths
The 3 Biggest Myths Intro
Intro Part 3 - The 3 Key Components to Success
Key Components to Success
Key Component #1
Key Component #2
Key Component #3
Intro Part 4 - What will you learn?
Program Setup and Interface (specific to Instant Text users only)
Download and Installation
Docking and Linking Indicators
Phrase and Word Advisories
Capitalization and Spacing Indicators
Section 5 Wrap-up
The Options Menu (specific to Instant Text users only)
Options Menu Intro
Section 6 Wrap-Up
Glossaries 101 (specific to Instant Text users only)
Reordering Active Glossaries
Taking her for a Spin!
Spin Comparison Key
Section 7 Wrap-Up
Includes (specific to Instant Text users only)
What's an Include?
Viewing the Includes
Dates Include for Medstart
Numbers Include for Medstart
Labs Include for Medstart
Medstart and Dates Includes for Drugs
Dosage Includes for Drugs
Too Add or Not to Add
Section 8 Wrap-Up
The Glossary Viewer (specific to Instant Text users only)
The Typo Glossary
Treasure Hunt (specific to Instant Text users only.)
Section 9 Wrap-Up
"Add Glossary Entry" Window (specific to Instant Text users only)
Adding Entries 101
Display As Field
Elements of the "Add Glossary Entry" Window
Section 10 Wrap-Up
Single Word Entries
Single Word Entries 101
Phrases in the Single Word Advisory
Sound-a-Likes (specific to Instant Text users only)
Sticky Keys (may not be applicable to expanders other than Instant Text)
Section 11 Wrap-Up
Introduction to Phrase Entries
Shortcut Method #1
Shortcut Method #2
The Pros & Cons
The Workshop (specific to Instant Text users only)
Shorts For 3 or More Words
Hyphenated Entries (some parts specific to Instant Text users only)
Comments for This and That (specific to Instant Text users only)
Continuations (specific to Instant Text users only)
Getting Started with Shortcut Methods
Section 12 Wrap-Up
Words Ending in "X"
Thinking Outside the Box
Medication and Dosing
Intro to Drug Entries
Meds as a Single-Word Entry
Meds as a Phrase Entry
Adding Meds to Your Main Glossary - Why?
Comments for Meds (specific for Instant Text users only)
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Phrases with Abbreviations
Expanding Abbreviations using the Convert Key
Section 15 Wrap-Up
Creating a Surgical Glossary (specific to Instant Text users)
Moving Entries to Surgical (specific to Instant Text users)
Labs and Investigations
Intro to Lab Entries
Single-Letter Shorts for Labs
Phrase Entries for Labs
Comments for Labs (specific to Instant Text users)
Units and Measurements
Diseases, Viruses, and Syndromes
Bacteria and Viruses
Diseases and Disorders
Grading and Scores
Commands (specific to Instant Text users)
Introduction to Commands
The Inner Workings of a Command
Creating a Commands Glossary
Word Replacement Commands - Part 1.
Word Replacement Commands - Part 2.
Creating an Account Glossary
Clinics and Departments
Locations and Nearby Locations
Headings, Formatting, and Correspondence
Headings Ending in "X"
Highlighting Entries (specific to Instant Text users only)
Formatting Entries (specific to Instant Text users only)
Formulating Dates (specific to Instant Text users only)
Salutations, Closings, and Signature Lines
Backing Up Glossaries
Linking to the Cloud
Deleting Glossaries (specific to Instant Text users only)
Congratulations and Thank you!
A very good match. It has helped me to understand Instant Text easily. Helpful tips and how to use the program properly, explained in plain, easy to understand instructions. Lots of useful tips. Well done to Linda on a wonderful presentation.
Linda is a great teacher. She speaks so clear and takes the time to explain each step. This took me from a total novice to feeling confident. I can't wait to apply my new knowledge to my upcoming practicum!
It is a perfect match, as I live in the US but work for a company in Australia. I have been using IT for seven years but due to a backup failure I lost all my hard work, so imagine my surprise Linda when you had a British Medstart and Drugs! Amazing is the perfect word!
Master the Expander course was a great learning experience as I spend hours typing documents every day. Due to completing this course, I have now reduced hours spent on typing by two thirds. This course is a fantastic learning curve to produce documents more efficiently.
So far, I am learning quite a bit from this course. I never really learned much about text expanders from the medical transcription course I took. I wish they would have gone into it more. I am glad to have found this course to help me learn. Now that I am halfway through, I am very excited to be learning this. I feel I am learning so much more now. The only thing I am thinking about is how much it will slow me down trying to learn this when I get a job. I will have to practice some beforehand. I wish there was a list that came with all the words already done for you. I would pay for a list like that. Lol! As it turns out, there is a list of resources you can use to add to your glossaries. This course was so worth the small amount I paid. I will be going back over this many times when I need a refresher. Thank you so much. :)
I have never heard of the expander tool, I always thought medical transcriptionists are just doing reports. But seeing that I will also be able to use it in gen transcription is great! This is very much a new learning curve. Thank you for explaining this so well.
I watched a forum on Canscribe about using a text expander. I had been using a different platform, but I liked the option of adding comments to my shortcuts and wanted a better platform.
I have been using Instant Text expander for nearly a year using only the basics of the program and doing this course has allowed me to use my Instant Text to more of its full potential and I look forward to increasing my productivity and decreasing my keystrokes. Thank you very much.
I would have been lost without this course! I also love that I can refer back to specific modules to refresh my knowledge. I am extremely happy with this course!!
Great match. I am a medical transcriptionist and use InstaText, but not all its features. I have already learned some new things.
Thank you Lindy. I really enjoyed the course and your lectures. I would highly recommend this course. I wish this course was available when I first started using Instant Text :)
I just got the expander. I have not had time yet to set it up yet and starting school MT practicum soon. Very grateful to have found this course!
What a fantastic course and a magnificent instructor. The instructor did a great job on this course and the step-by-step walk through was very helpful.
Lindy, you have done an amazing job putting this together. After implementing a few of your changes I was able to type over 2000 lines with a 63% productivity gain and many thanks for that. This will definitely benefit anyone, new and old to Instant Text. I am so grateful to you for putting this together. :-) xxx One little thing that might benefit in the course is sometimes the screen is not clear, a little blurry, but your explanations make up for it.
Yes this course is very, very informative and with use, I will get used to it and it will help me substantially in the long run!! Linda is amazing and I love how everything is chunked down and well explained. Such a valuable tool to have going forward!