Using Speech to Enter and Edit Data

If it can't interpret what you say as a command, Windows Speech Recognition assumes that you're trying to dictate. It then inserts its best guess at what you meant to say at the current insertion point. The accuracy of speech recognition is reasonably good after a short period of training, and it gets much better after time and practice . But it's not perfect, nor are you likely to dictate smooth sentences with perfect syntax. As a result, you'll want to master the basics of text editing using the voice commands in this section .

To delete the most recent word or phrase you dictated, say "Undo" or "Undo that."

If you want to change a word, phrase, or sentence, start by saying "Select word" or, for a phrase, "Select word through word"' substituting the actual text for the italicized entries here. "Select next [or previous] sentence" works, as does "Select previous five words" or "Select next two sentences ." After you make a selection, you can delete it or copy it to the Clipboard ("Copy that")

The "Go to" command is powerful. If you follow it with a unique word that appears in the text, the word you spoke will be selected immediately. If the word appears multiple times, each one is highlighted with a number. Say the number and then say "OK." You can say "Go to before" or "Go to after" a particular word, and Windows Speech Recognition will obey your commands To go to the top or bottom of the current editing window, say "Go to the start of the document" or "Go to the end of the document."

If you need to correct a word that was misrecognized, say "Correct word." When you do, Windows Speech Recognition reexamines what you said and displays a list of words or phrases that might be a better match, as shown in Figure 26-9. If the word you spoke is on the list, say its number, followed by "OK." If the word isn't on the list, try saying it again . Or say "Spell it" and then recite each letter, with or without phonetic helpers ("A as in apple").

Punctuation is easy: to insert a period, comma, colon, semicolon, or apostrophe, just say the word. Literally. The Quick Reference Card has a long list of punctuation marks the speech recognition engine will translate .

To enter a carriage return, say "New paragraph" or "New line."

Figure 26-9 Windows Speech Recognition takes these corrections to heart, adjusting its recognition database to ensure it doesn't make the same mistake twice.

Figure 26-9 Windows Speech Recognition takes these corrections to heart, adjusting its recognition database to ensure it doesn't make the same mistake twice.

You can simulate the action of pressing any key by saying "Press key," substituting the name of the key for the italicized word. To repeat a key, say "Press key nn times," substituting a number for nn. A handful of special keys are recognized without the magic introductory word "press": Home, End, Space, Tab, Enter, and Backspace all fall into this category.

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