How to Move Sh8 Word Lists to Sh10

Sh10 can read your Sh8 word list (*.spf) files. Shorthand saves your word lists to files ending in ".SPF"; each "tab" you have in the Shorthand main window is saved in a separate .spf file.

Your Sh8 .spf files are normally located in "C:\Program Files\Shorthand for Windows\Sh8" on your old computer.

On your OLD computer:

Use Windows Explorer to copy your .spf files to a USB flash drive. Your .spf files are normally located in "C:\Program Files\Shorthand for Windows\Sh8" unless you had installed Shorthand elsewhere. If you don't have a USB flash drive, you can simply email the .spf files to your yourself if both your old and new computers have access to email.  We do NOT recommend you use a CD to transfer files as files restored from  a CD will be marked READ-ONLY and cannot be modified.

On your NEW computer:

First, install Sh10 on your new computer.  You can download Sh10 with a 30 day trial license from:

Next, copy the .spf file(s) from your old computer to the C:\Sh10 folder on your new computer.

Finally, choose Open from Shorthand's File menu to load the .spf file. (Make sure you load in the .spf file that is in your C:\Sh10 folder; don’t load the .spf file directly from the USB drive since Shorthand will not be able to find the file when you remove the USB drive).

How to Purchase an Upgrade License

To use Shorthand 10 after the trial period, you will need to

purchase a license (see ).

Please make sure Shorthand works correctly on your computer

before purchasing a license as there are NO REFUNDS once a

license has been issued.

Using Shorthand with Internet Explorer

If your word processor is running inside the Internet Explorer web browser

You should disable IE's "protected mode":

Under IE's TOOLS menu, select INTERNET OPTIONS followed by the SECURITY tab,

then uncheck the "Enable Protected Mode" box.

Note that you need to restart IE after you make this change.

Using Shorthand with Microsoft Word

This is the recommended Shorthand configuration for Microsoft Word:

1. Bring up Shorthand's Main Window by pressing F10 in your

   word processor or by clicking the Shorthand icon in the system tray.

2. Choose Preferences from Shorthand's File menu.

3. Set the Pause setting to:

         "Pause 20 msec after every 1 keystrokes"


5. Select (check) the "Simulate Clipboard Paste if Text Only" box.

6. Click OK to save your changes.

7. Click the HIDE button.


If you are using Microsoft Word:

Microsoft Word, by default,automatically adds extra spaces

if you select the  "Simulate Clipboard Paste if Text Only" as the

Shorthand text transfer method.

To disable the automatic spaces in Word 2010:

  a. In MS Word, click the File tab (found at the top left corner of your

         MS Word window)  and then click Options on the bottom of

         the File Options pane.

  b. On the left pane, select Advanced.

  c. Under the "Cut, copy and paste" section, uncheck the

          "Use smart cut and paste" box.

 To disable the automatic spaces in Word 2007:

  a. Click the Office button (the large round button on the

         upper left corner)

  b. Click Word Options (at the bottom of the menu).

  c. On the left pane, select Advanced.

  d. Under the "Cut, copy and paste" section, uncheck the

          "Use smart cut and paste" box.

For older versions of Word:

  a. From Word's Tools menu, click Options then click the Edit tab.

  b. Uncheck the "Smart cut and paste" box.


If you use CAPS LOCK to capitalize expansions:

The Shorthand expansions will NOT be capitalized when the CAPS LOCK key is enabled if

the Shorthand Text Transfer method is set to "Simulate Clipboard Paste if Text Only":

This is because Shorthand uses the Windows Clipboard to transfer text and

the Windows Clipboard ignores the state of the CAPS LOCK (this is

a Windows "feature" and not a Shorthand bug).

Instead of using CAPS LOCK to capitalize words,

we suggest you use one of these techniques to capitalize

an expansion:

Simply type the abbreviation in all CAPS using the SHIFT key.

For example if you have the following abbreviation:

  subj = subjective

typing "SUBJ"<SPACE> will expand to "SUBJECTIVE".

(note: use your SHIFT key to type "SUBJ"; using the CAPS LOCK

key will not work).

Another technique is to define separate abbreviations for

your long forms you need in all CAPS.

for example:

subj = subjective


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Last Modified: November 1, 2012