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For well over a decade experts in office automation have predicted the demise of the typewriter In their view the computer is todays choice because of its versatility and the fact it can perform word processing roles as well With sales holding steady at over a million units a year the electronic typewriter does not appear endangered Virtually anyone who has learned to key can sit down at the electronic typewriter and within a few minutes operate it with amazing ease and speed A familiar keyboard which requires fewer keystrokes and has a simpler less code-intensive user interface makes the transition to a high-end typewriter much easier than the transition to a personal computer with the same functions An electronic typewriter can perform some functions computers cannot but a personal computer cannot be used as a mere typewriter Perhaps that is why one large survey found that 85 of secretaries who use PCs also use typewriters Using microchip technology sophisticated electronic typewriters can perform many of the automatic functions and editing functions of Among the features of electronic typewriters is automatic centering right margin justifying and hang-indenting These features are available on computers as well but some users of both types of equipment say that typewriters are more user friendly Some electronic typewriters permit operators to backspacedelete insert copy move copy from one place to another and search and replace specific words or terms in a document Some are equipped with templates that make form fill-in easy others permit the merging of information from different sources All these functions are performed without re-keying documents Computers require sophisticated software such as Microsoft Office to perform these functions The software is an additional cost that the user must pay for as well as try to learn Sophisticated electronic typewriters range from low-end machines with full-page displays diskette storage and complete text-editing capabilities
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