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Use AppleScript to ease Greek, super/subscripts in Word Apps
Word 2008's synchronized audio recordings in Notebook Layout format are ideal for taking notes in college lectures, but what about that physics or math lecture where you want to type in a ton of Greek letters, superscripts, and subscripts, and the toolbox just won't cut it? Go to Word, open the Scripts menu, and in the About this menu... item, choose Open Folder. In that folder, create (using ScriptEditor) the following three AppleScript files. Note that the backslash (and following characters) in their names create keyboard shortcuts for each script, which you'll see in Word's Scripts menu: Save a notebook, save a tree! :)

[robg adds: These scripts worked as described in my testing.]
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Use AppleScript to ease Greek, super/subscripts in Word
Authored by: pbeyersdorf on Oct 27, '08 10:47:20AM
Another technique that I have used is to use a keyboard layout editor (I used ukelele) to make a custom keyboard layout with the greek characters on it. I assigned option-a to be α, option-b to be β and so on. I then can quickly add greek characters in any application. The keyboard layout file can be found on my iDisk public folder. It is named science.keylaout. Just drop it into your /Library/Keyboard Layouts/ folder. Log out and log back in and then go into the international preference pane and select the new keyboard layout.

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Use AppleScript to ease Greek, super/subscripts in Word
Authored by: prash2anth on Oct 27, '08 12:19:39PM

It is possibly easier to use Cmd= and Cmd+ for subscripts and superscripts?



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Use AppleScript to ease Greek, super/subscripts in Word
Authored by: ryan.axiom on Oct 27, '08 01:44:13PM

I hate using word to do stuff like this...of course I'm a mathematician.

This is what LaTeX was designed for. It's pretty easy to learn and it generates pdfs natively in OS X in the first place.

Nice to know you can do it in Word though. Excellent tip.



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Use AppleScript to ease Greek, super/subscripts in Word
Authored by: frgough on Oct 27, '08 06:30:10PM

Riiiight.

Because it's so much easier and quicker during class to write:

$\epsilon$

PDF it so you can get it in human readable form, edit the file again to make it $\Epsilon$ then pdf it again and find out you left the left bracket out of 45${\circ}$, so make that change and PDF again...

In case you hadn't noticed, people who preach that hand-coding markup language to create formatted text annoy the h*ll out of me. Computers were created precisely to automate this sort of crap so I DON'T have to do it.



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Use AppleScript to ease Greek, super/subscripts in Word
Authored by: las3rjock on Nov 02, '08 09:55:41AM

I hate to generalize, but only an idiot would recompile any kind of source file (LaTeX, C, Java, etc.) that frequently.



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Use AppleScript to ease Greek, super/subscripts in Word
Authored by: bpartridge on Oct 29, '08 08:46:56AM

But what if you want to record the lecture, and synchronize each line of notes with what the professor's saying?



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Use AppleScript to ease Greek, super/subscripts in Word
Authored by: joppe on Oct 29, '08 12:11:26PM
My solution is TextExpander [http://www.smileonmymac.com/TextExpander/]. I've put §alfa to small alfa, §Alfa to big alfa (and the same with all other greek characters), §<-> to equilibrium arrow and other chemical signs that I use often.
Takes longer to write than just e.g. alt+A i know, but I can write much more signs too

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Use AppleScript to ease Greek, super/subscripts in Word
Authored by: rchertzy on Apr 01, '11 10:30:43AM

Word 2008 already comes with keyboard shortcuts for subscript and superscript. Highlight the letter(s) to be changed, then press the following key combinations (= means press the equal sign):
[cmd]= for subscript,
[cmd][shift]= for superscript. Both are toggles (use same combination to change back to regular text).



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