I’m always writing little programs to make my life easier. One of the handiest I’ve created is called AutoText. This small (only 32K!) app sits in your system tray and, when you double-click it, sends a text string to whichever application has the focus. There’s no documentation or help; it’s pretty simple. Right-click the icon in your system tray to edit the text. When you want to insert that text into another program, just double-click the icon. I use this mostly for blogging. That way I don’t have to type

target=”_blank” title=”” onmouseover=”window.status=”; return true;” onmouseout=”window.status=’ ‘; return true;”

every time I want a link in an entry. There’s no setup or uninstall utility. If you don’t like it, just delete the executable (exe). You can save it anywhere on your hard drive. (There’s a chance that you may need to get the Visual Basic run time to get it to work. Most people already have this on their system, so I haven’t included it. If you get an error, let me know.)
Please let me know if you like it or if you have any comments.

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  1. Hi, would it possible to have the source to your autotext program, as i am looking for something simular to adapt to my program.

    I understand if you do not want to share your source code.


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