Google's auto-suggest feature is great for a lot of things: finding software alternatives, fixing your spelling, and even checking the weather. Reader Casse writes in with another clever use: decoding difficult-to read handwriting.
I was deciphering some particularly nasty handwriting when I realised that Google could save me a world of trouble. Just type in a word to give context (e.g. recipe, letter, etc) and one potential deciphering. It takes a few tries, but the results are impressive!
Of course, this probably works better with certain things than others. Deciphering ingredients in a recipe is bound to be easier than deciphering a word or phrase in a personal letter, but it's worth a shot!
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