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Predictive Text In Microsoft Word

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Predictive Text In Microsoft Word

Lightkey provides predictive text in Microsoft Word by automatically learning your typing patterns and suggesting word, phrase and even full sentence predictions in over 80 languages. Lightkey also offers predictive text in other Microsoft Office products such as Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft PowerPoint.  

5 reasons you should start using Lightkey’s predictive text in Microsoft Word

First, you need to install Lightkey on your Windows machine: go to Lightkey’s official download page and follow the installation instructions. Once the installation is completed, Microsoft Word will be launched, and predictions will start showing up as you type.

Here are the top benefits of using Lightkey’s predictive text in Microsoft Word.

#1 – You won’t need to type the same text over and over and over again…

Even the most creative content has a structure that is based on concepts, repetitive words and phrases. Moreover, when compiling professional or technical content such as legal documents, how-to guides, academic papers, etc. repetitive words and phrases are used more often. Typing these repetitive terms over and over again is far from being productive and this is where Lightkey comes into play.

Lightkey automatically learns your typing patterns and analyzes the context of your current document. Based on its analysis, it will suggest previously learnt words, phrases and even in some cases full sentences. In addition, Lightkey’s artificial intelligence capabilities are able to suggest relevant predictions for purely novel content as it was built for rich content creation.

#2 – Don’t worry about spelling mistakes

We all know this pause moment before typing a certain word that we’re not sure of its correct spelling. For example, when typing words like ‘bureaucracy’, ‘definitely’ or ‘occurrence’ we’re often used to seeing Microsoft Word’s red cross mark indicating that we got it wrong, again. In these cases, some go back and fix the misspelled word by replacing a character, some delete it and retype it and some may use Microsoft Word’s drop-down suggestions dialogue and hopefully find the intended correct wording. This is a costly process which takes time and perhaps more importantly – gets in the way of our already busy line of thought. Lightkey offers a different experience.

Lightkey uses its text prediction engine to suggest just the word your need even when you misspelled it. By doing so, when you’re facing a challenging word and you’re not sure how to spell it – just write something and in most cases Lightkey will suggest the word you were trying to type. In this case, all you need is to accept the suggestion and move forward – no need to go back and no interruption to the line of thought whatsoever. In other words, you can focus on your content and feel confident about Lightkey’s ability to keep you sharp.

#3 – Your typing skills significantly improve every day

Lightkey learns your typing patterns from every possible angle: your physical typing attributes, how you communicate with different people, what topics are you writing about, etc. This is a good opportunity to mention that Lightkey doesn’t submit any of your content to the cloud and it doesn't rely on internet connectivity whatsoever – so everything is kept and remains locally on your machine.

Upon installation, Lightkey is focused more towards learning and keeps its prediction engine on ‘conservative mode’. However, over time (hours to a few days) it will gain more confidence and start suggesting longer and more accurate predictions. During this learning period, you as a user will also get used to the change of habit – understanding that typing with predictions results in a more relaxed, efficient and focused overall experience.

#4 – Focus on your ideas rather than the keystrokes

When we initially designed Lightkey’s predictive typing experience back in 2016, we thought that it was all about saving time. It turns out that we were only partially right, as reading from our users’ feedback we learnt that the new typing experience increases their confidence and helps improve the thought process. This way, they are essentially stay focused on creating content instead of wasting energy on the more mechanical aspects of wording or spelling.

We can also convey this “confident focus” experience in a more numerical way. After doing some research, it appears that while we’re able to form thoughts at a rate of over 1,000 words per minute, most of us type at approx. 40 words per minute. It’s like our brain is sitting in traffic a few hours a day while trying to transform thoughts into written text. With Lightkey we can feel confident typing faster and focusing on novel content creation while Lightkey covers the rest of the technical aspects of our typing – enabling us to type closer to the speed of our minds. Going back to the traffic analogy, using Lightkey is like avoiding rush hour by taking the highway.

#5 – Keep your wrists healthy by reducing keyboard usage

Typing doesn’t seem like a particularly dangerous thing. However, as with any other repetitive physical task, heavy typing can put a strain on wrists and fingers. Nowadays, more and more people use computers for work or school, which results in constantly growing numbers of wrist injuries. There are many solutions for wrist pain. For example, using a split keyboard and/ or a vertical mouse can help reduce pain and strain.

However, there is one very simple equation to consider. The less you use the keyboard, the less likely you are to suffer from wrist pain – which inherently makes predictive text better for your wrists. Lightkey can significantly reduce the number of keystrokes required to create content as it is capable of suggesting up to 12 words including punctuation marks. Therefore, beyond saving time and feeling confident and more focused with your typing, Lightkey is a great long-term investment in terms of wrists health.

Conclusion

Lightkey’s predictive text technology for Microsoft Word delivers a handful of benefits to its users: save time, become confidently focused and keep your wrists healthy. In addition, thanks to its design Lightkey provides relevant predictions to the full spectrum of content, including technology, legal, academia, etc. and finally, your privacy is never compromised as Lightkey doesn't submit any of your content to the cloud.

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