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Hi,

it would be nice to have a feature, as a shotcut, for swaping characters. Something like:

  1. place the cursor between "h" and "t" in the word "hte";
  2. press the shortcut key;
  3. the word has chnaged to "the".

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A possibly better implementation would be an editable dictionary where you could enter "teh, hte" and have it automatically change to "the" like word processors have

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8 hours ago, Rick G said:

A possibly better implementation would be an editable dictionary where you could enter "teh, hte" and have it automatically change to "the" like word processors have

That is while typing. What about if you have to check another ones text for errors?

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3 hours ago, kazrbutler said:

There is always find and replace.

This is faster than F/R. I saw it first in Papyrus and I found it very usefull.

3 hours ago, carl123 said:

Why not use the inbuilt spell checker ?

It is spell checker not spell corrector,

14 hours ago, Rick G said:

A possibly better implementation would be an editable dictionary where you could enter "teh, hte" and have it automatically change to "the" like word processors have

Can you predict all permutations you can make during entering text?

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Possibly does save time, but only if you have located the typo in the document. I often use Find and Replace for items where I need to check I have used the same spelling, capitalisation etc, or where I know I am likely to have misspelt. It saves me a lot of effort locating issues, and then I can proof read for less predicable errors.

And while I can't predict all permutations, based on the documents I work on, I can predict certain things are likely to be an issue. For instance, I can usually predict that if the abbreviation cdd is used in a knitting pattern, there will be a mix of CDD and cdd in a document; and there can be numerous instances of both. Or, while I may have used skp in the text I wrote, the text generated from my charting software may include ssk instead.

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5 hours ago, Petar Petrenko said:

Great! And now make ALL the permutations of EVERY word in text you have to make corrections. :)

For all the ones that @fde101 posted, right-click and "the" is usually the top choice in the suggested spelling corrections. Sometimes it's lower in the list, but it was always in the list. Just click it, and it's corrected.

Also, if you try typing "teh" while your language is set to English, Publisher will auto-correct to "the" due to the Auto-Correction preferences. You could add additional transpositions that you commonly make :)

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1 hour ago, Petar Petrenko said:

I thought you new that “the” was just example. What abou t the word “superkalafragelisticexpialydoushes”? :)

 

Yes, of course "the" was an example. But you won't be able to fix superkalafragelisticexpialydoushes using your requested new feature, either. It's purely misspelled, and no amount of transposition of its existing letters will fix it :)

But my suggestion should work for words with simple transpositions, if the base word is in Publisher's dictionary.

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28 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

But my suggeston should work for words with simple transpositions, if the base word is in Publisher's dictionary.

Well, suggestion ;) — but yes, it should.

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1 hour ago, walt.farrell said:

superkalafragelisticexpialydoushes

 

2 hours ago, Petar Petrenko said:

superkalafragelisticexpialydoushes

Geezus, yuo boht spled ti rwong. 

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

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For colleagues using Macs, ctrl-t should work to exchange two adjacent characters - as demonstrated by @v_kyr.  I believe this applies by default to apps that use certain core developer libraries, rather than implementing their own text-handling routines (yes, I'm looking at you, Microsoft Office 9_9).  Fortunately, this shortcut does work in Publisher (and will almost certainly work in Designer and Photo too).

Sorry, @Petar Petrenko, I know your signature indicates you're a Windows user - I don't know if there's an equivalent that you can already use with out any further configuration.

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@Petar Petrenko the ctrl-t shortcut I was talking about for Macs comes from the system level, ie it's a core part of the operating system.  I seem to recall it's permanently turned on - I don't think there's anywhere it needs to be configured for it to work.  Then, for any app that have used the appropriate developer libraries, you find it simply works without having to do anything special.

I'm afraid I don't know if there's an equivalent option in Windows, sorry.  I suspect maybe not.  My vague memory is that ctrl-t is an ancient short-cut from either Unix operating systems (which macOS was originally built on) or either of the popular Unix text editors: vi or EMACS.

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2 hours ago, GaryLearnTech said:

My vague memory is that ctrl-t is an ancient short-cut from either Unix operating systems (which macOS was originally built on) or either of the popular Unix text editors: vi or EMACS.

Ctrl-t key usage for transposing chars on Unix based systems are mostly influenced here by corresponding Emacs keyboard shortcuts. Most text editors and libs which deal with text editing did adapted some of those shortcuts.

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22 hours ago, GaryLearnTech said:

For colleagues using Macs, ctrl-t should work to exchange two adjacent characters

Thanks for teaching me something old. Many times I am amazed by my basic ignorance about an OS I have used for decades.

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