Superscript and Subscript

Today’s post is about how to global a word with superscript or subscript.

User settings -> document tab -> advanced -> master font

Font 0 should be your default font style. The text above is a key to what the data between the slashes means.

Select Add font..

Select font style and characteristics identical to what you have in 0, then change the vertical offset number to whatever you want. Negative for subscript, positive for superscript — The help menu said 100/-100 is typical for super/subscript.

You can go back to the Master Font menu and select your new font and click change font to adjust it if you’re not happy with that.

When you global, for the number or letter that you want to be super- or subscript, insert {FN:4} (or whatever number your new font is assigned in the master font menu) before the number/letter to turn super/subscripts on and {FN:0} after to return to your normal font.

Ex: for H20 with a subscript on the 2, you would do:  H{FN:4}2{FN:0}0

Edit: Mirabai came up with a slightly less complicated method using a special font. You can read about it here:

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Insert Text Here Macros

Yay! I got my first request. @Courtreporterbd asked about setting up macros for inserting text (ex: “All right.” “, you know,” “uh-huh.”), so I’m going to do a little tutorial on the easy way to do macros using insert text as an example.

Here’s a screenshot for reference.

The first thing you should do any time you want to make a macro is browse around the list of macros that Eclipse has already made for you.

Alt+u -> Edit -> Macros.

Look around here for macros that either do what you want it to or do something similar. (I wish there was a search function for their macros since there’s a bazillion of them, but alas, best you can do is just try and guess what they’d name it.)

In this case, you’d look for macros that begin with “Insert:” and select one of those at random. (You will probably not have one that says “Pizza.” :)

Select that macro so it’s highlighted on the list, then click “New.” DO NOT click “Edit.”

A new box will pop up and you’ll notice on the right it will show the sequence of commands for the macro. That’s really nice because now you know how the Eclipse people think the macro should be formatted, and they know what they’re doing!

Adjust the macro commands to suit your needs.

This step is highly dependent on what you want your macro to do, so all I can recommend is using the “Add Command” at the bottom right of the menu rather than using keyboard shortcuts. It ensures the computer will always use the right command, whereas using keyboard shortcuts is riskier because if you change a keyboard shortcut, the computer won’t know to change it in the macro list and it will do strange things you didn’t want it to.

There is one other piece of advice I have for you because I got REALLY confused when I first started playing with macros. If you click on the command list, every keystroke will show up on that list. I would press the up and down arrows trying to go up and down the list of macros, and it would just add entries for “Up” and “Down” instead of moving up and down the list. This is the one time you always want to use the mouse.

In this case, the insert text commands are pretty simple. The only real commands are “Cmd: Type Text” and “Enter.” The stuff in between is just text. So here, you wouldn’t go to “Add Command” since it’s just text you’re typing in.  Simply select the text commands (PIZZA.[ ][ ]) and delete them. Then select the “Enter” command and start typing the text you want to insert. N.B. If you mess up, select the offending letter(s) with your mouse and click delete. If you press backspace it will only insert a “Backspace” command.

Name your macro, preferably something similar to what Eclipse has so you’ll be able to find it easily later on.

Select the “Speed Keys” button and select the keyboard shortcut you want for the macro.

All done!

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Changing the Splash Screen

If you don’t know what a splash screen is, here’s a screen shot of what Eclipse looks like when I open it up.

Beans, beans, the musical fruit...

Notice how that generic Eclipse logo is gone? Yeah, that’s what changing the splash screen does.

Here’s how:

In Eclipse, press ctrl+f twice. Once will open up your file manager, but the second time opens up the Windows folder where your files are. (This is a really useful shortcut for those of us who hate the file manager.)

Once you’re in the Windows folder, click up to the Eclipse NT folder and there you will see a file named splash.jpg. Simply replace that file with whatever you want. The new file MUST be in .jpg format and it MUST be named “splash” or it won’t work. If you prefer to just have an empty gray background, then just delete the original splash.jpg file.

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Integral Prefixes and Suffixes, AKA How to speed up dictionary build

Tired of having to global entries like TKOG, TKOGZ, TKOGD, TKOGDZ separately? That’s what this entry is for!

Below, I give instructions on how to set up Eclipse so when you global, it will suggest entries for different forms of the word you’re globalling. For example, if you global the word “dog” to your dictionary, Eclipse will automatically suggest suffixed versions of the word such as “dogging,” “dogged,” and “dogs.”

*Note: This is a feature that 1) requires some complicated setup, 2) you have to turn on every time you start a new transcript. It’s annoying, yes, but you get used to it, and it’s well worth the effort if you’re doing some serious dictionary building.

If you have a stroke-intensive theory that requires you to come back for every single ending all the time, then you can stare at this slice of cheesecake instead.

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Getting rid of that watermark

This is something probably most of you already know, but just in case you didn’t, or if you’re new to Eclipse, here’s how to get rid of that pesky ECLIPSE watermark on the background of your transcript.

Alt+O or whatever you usually press to print.
Select ‘Watermark.’
Change ‘Darkness %’ to zero for no watermark.

(Or if you want to have some fun, you can keep the watermark and change the text of the watermark to whatever you want. The box is just to the left of the ‘Darkness %’ box. I suggest CUPCAKES.)

Change percent to 0 for no watermark.

Click on image for larger view.

If you already knew how to do that and read it anyway, here’s a cookie for you.

If you didn’t already know that and braved the great unknown to learn how, here’s some soft serve for you.

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Export Transcript as an RTF

This entry is for users of Eclipse Student Software.

On the professional version of the software, you should be able to go to Export and select RTF. For students, however, this option is disabled.

Oh, no! you say? Yes, I agree, .txt sucks lollipops, gross, earwax-tasting lollipops. If you’ve ever tried to export anything in .txt you know it screws with everything, especially the spacing, which is very important.

RTF, on the other hand, is so much more compatible! It’s like vanilla and chocolate swirl. It retains your spacing, italics, bold, AND when you export as RTF, it gets rid of that “Eclipse Educational Version” footer we all hate so much.

So what’s the secret, you ask?

Tools -> convert -> To another CAT -> text files -> RTF

Easy as pie. Key lime pie. (Feel free to discuss your favorite pies in the comments.)

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