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I need a simple macro program for Windows
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August 17, 2009
10:45 AM
normofthenorth
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I need a simple free macro program to automate really simple typing jobs -- like "transpose the last two characters", i.e., highlight the character to the left of the cursor, Cut=ctrl-X, move the cursor back one space (before the previous character), Paste=ctrl-V.

I'd like it to be easy to setup (like maybe already having a macro that does that simple typo correction, or making it easy to record my keystrokes when I do it once), and it's important that it works in more-or-less every Windows (XP Pro SP2) environment and program I use -- e.g., Firefox, Office, TextMaker, Eudora, etc.

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who occasionally makes a typo like "tyop", and I find it such a nuisance to transpose them (cutting and pasting) that I just delete both characters and re-enter them correctly. It's a small thing, but it might be the dumbest thing I do manually on my computer.

I think the last time I had this correction automated (in one program only?) was when I was using WordStar! (Maybe WordPerfect 5 or thereabouts?)

If I had a user-friendly macro program, I'm sure I'd use it for lots of other tasks, but I don't really want a super-powerful piece of bloatware here. If a simple small program can fix those transposed typos, and that's almost all it does, I'll start there.

Anybody got the answer for me?

October 29, 2009
9:09 PM
normofthenorth
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OK, I installed Comfort Keys Lite, and I've (FINALLY!) got a macro doing what I want. I just hit Ctrl-0 and CK changes thsi to this!

And it also saves earlier clipboard entries for me (so I got rid of another one of Ashraf's recommendations, that did that and also included a rudimentary browser that I never used), and gives me access to an on-screen keyboard that I haven't used yet on purpose. (It used to pop up while I was playing Simple Sudoku because it was triggered by a long hold of the Ctrl key, but I finally turned that feature off!) It might be handy because a few programs need me to hold the Windows key, and my laptop (IBM TP40) doesn't have one!

So success -- yay!!LaughSmile

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