by Kendall Callas
In WordPerfect for Windows 7 and 8, use the keystroke Ctrl+Q to jump to the QuickMark. To enable this feature in WordPerfect 7, use Edit, Preferences, Environment, and select (at bottom center) Set QuickMark on save. In WordPerfect 8, use Tools, Bookmark, then select "Set QuickMark on file save" at bottom. WordPerfect 8 takes this an extra step try out "Go to QuickMark on file open" to automatically move the cursor to where you left off.
In WordPerfect for DOS 6.0 or later, move the cursor to the QuickMark with Shift+F12, Enter. To enable this feature, use Shift+F12 (or Edit, Bookmark), Set QuickMark in Document on Save.
What's most important is that you can add your own abbreviations to this replacement table. As soon as you type an entry from the list into your document, it is automatically replaced when you press Enter or space bar.
Here's how to add an abbreviation to QuickCorrect, such as for your name or company name. In WordPerfect for Windows 6.0 or later, select Tools, QuickCorrect to see the table of replacements. Your cursor should be blinking in an empty field under "Replace:"; type in an abbreviation such as "ibm". Then press Tab or click to move your cursor to the field under "With:" and type in "International Business Machines". (Do not type the quote marks.) Press Enter or click Add entry to finish, then click OK.
QuickCorrect was added to WordPerfect for DOS starting with version 6.1; find it under Alt+F1 (or Tools, Writing Tools) and choose QuickCorrect. To add abbreviations, select Replacement Word List/F5, Add entry, and follow the prompts to add a word and its replacement.
Now, type the abbreviation onto your document screen. As soon as you type "ibm" and press space bar or Enter, it will be replaced by "International Business Machines". (Spell check will also trigger replacement after the fact.)
If you might sometimes want to use the abbreviation itself in the text of your document, then you can avoid difficulties by using an altered form of the abbreviation; for example, begin it with a slash (or other symbol), such as /ibm in the "Replace:" field.
The feature is smart; type the abbreviation in upper case to get the full phrase typed out all in caps!
There are several other sophisticated options that you may wish to take advantage of or turn off. You'll see them all on the QuickCorrect screen in WordPerfect for DOS. To find them in WordPerfect for Windows 8, you'll need to click the tab marked Format-As-You-Go; in 6.1 or 7.0, select Options.
In WordPerfect for Windows 6.0 or later, the WYSIWYG display and small fonts make this feature especially valuable. You may use View, Show ¶ to temporarily display the symbols in just the current document.
To set the display permanently, in WordPerfect 8.0, use Tools, Settings (in 7.0 and 6.x use Edit, Preferences), then select Display, and click the Symbols tab (in 6.x click Show ¶ ). This allows you to control the display of symbols representing a variety of keystrokes (Space, Hard return/Enter, Tab, Indent, Center, Advance, etc.). You may not change the symbols which are displayed, only the features which are represented by symbols. Make sure to select "Show symbols on new and current document."
In WordPerfect for DOS 6.x, use Screen/Ctrl+F3, Setup/Shift+F1 (or, by menu, View, Screen Setup), then select 2/Display Characters to enter the symbols to represent where Enter or the space bar have been pressed. To insert a paragraph symbol (¶), hold down the ALT key and use the numeric keypad to type the number 20.
In WordPerfect for DOS 5.x, only the symbol used to represent the Enter key may be selected. In DOS versions 5.1 and 5.1+, use Setup/Shift+F1, 2/Display, 6/Edit-Screen Options, 4/Hard Return Display Character; in DOS version 5.0, use Setup/Shift+F1, 3/Display, 6/Hard Return Display Character.
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