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How To Create Different Ways to Say the Same Thing

NaturallySpeaking doesn’t currently recognize all the possible alternative spoken names of a command, but you can add them to the vocabulary.

For example, the period at the end of this sentence has more aliases (alternative names) than most criminals. The words period, decimal point, dot, point, stop, and full stop are all valid names for that same symbol in different contexts.

If you have an alternative spoken name you would like to use for a word, phrase, or symbol, use the Vocabulary Editor to add that name. Unfortunately, you can’t change any of the existing names, even if you don’t like them. You can only add an alternative.

To add aliases, whether for symbols, numbers, or other terms, launch the Vocabulary Editor (choose Vocabulary→Open Vocabulary Editor) and then do the following:

  1. Type the term or symbol that needs an alias in the Written Form textbox.

    The list scrolls to show the current written and spoken forms.

    To see all the currently defined symbols and dictation commands in the Vocabulary Editor, you must scroll up above the terms beginning with “a.”

  2. Type a new term in the Spoken Form box, and then click the Add button.

    A second copy of the word appears in the vocabulary list, with your new alias and a plus sign (+) to mark the alias as a custom term. (If the alias doesn’t work out, you can delete it. Just click the line and then click the Delete button.)

To add a symbol that isn't on the keyboard, follow these steps:

  1. Insert the symbol into a document, and then copy and paste it into the Written Form textbox.

    For example, in Word, choose Insert→Symbol to insert a symbol into a Word document. Select the symbol, and then press Ctrl+C to copy it to the Windows Clipboard.

  2. Click in the Written Form textbox of the Vocabulary Editor, and then press Ctrl+V to paste the symbol.

  3. Enter whatever name you would like to speak for that symbol in the Spoken Form textbox, and click the Add button.

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