Blanker (convert text to underlines for fill-in-the-blank worksheets and flashcards) [Beta]

Active recall is a really effective learning technique, and one way I use active recall is with fill-in-the-blank worksheets and flashcards. Fill-in-the-blank is also a good way to work on using context clues for vocabulary.

Replacing the key terms with the right number of underlines is really annoying, so I wrote this script this morning. Simply highlight the text you want to replace with underlines and hit Ctrl+Shift+U. By default, the program will replace alphanumeric characters (a-z, A-Z, 0-9) as well as accents in Spanish, German, and French. It will leave all other characters such as spaces and punctuation alone.

This script is still in beta and I’m not sure what to call it yet so for now it’s called “Blanker” and it has a default icon (a white H on green background). If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know! Also, this beta version does not start automatically when your computer boots, so remember to run it first when you want to use the Ctrl+Shift+U hotkey.

EXE file: Blanker.v1.0.exe

Source code: Blanker.v1.0.ahk

Since it’s almost Christmas, here’s a short Christmas-themed example. Do you know all the words?

You better _____ ___!
Better not ___!
Better not ____! 
I’m telling you why,
_____ _____ is comin’ to town.

He’s making a ____
and checking it twice.
He’s going to find out who’s _______or ____.
_____ _____ is comin’ to town.

He sees when you’re ________.
He knows when you’re _____.
He knows if you’ve been bad or good.
So __ ____ ___ ________ ____!



Esperanto Accents CapsLock (Beta)

This is a little program to type the special characters in Esperanto.

Download here, source code here.

Note: Esperanto’s special characters are rarer than those found in say Spanish. As such, it is only supported by Unicode, not ANSI and other more limited charsets. If you have trouble typing on a certain website or in a certain program, please make sure it’s not that program’s fault before contacting me. You can do this by seeing if other ways of entering Esperanto characters also fail.


French Accents CapsLock (Beta)

This is a long overdue French version of my popular program for typing accents in various European languages.

You can download it here.

French has a particularly large number of different accents, making it hard to include every accent while keeping the program intuitive. Here are the final key combinations I came up with:




PDF Copy-Paster now supports PDF-XChange Viewer

You can download it here.

If you want to learn more about what PDF Copy-Paster does, read my original blog post here.


New program to type subscripts and superscripts

For more information and to download, click here.