Correct Errors in NaturallySpeaking - dummies

By Stephanie Diamond

If NaturallySpeaking has misinterpreted something that you said, you can fix that mistake and also help train your NaturallySpeaking assistant. To accomplish this, you have to correct the error rather than just typing in the correct text, scratching the error, or undoing it. What’s the difference?

In Dragon terms, correcting something means to tell NaturallySpeaking what you actually said rather than merely editing the text in the document. When you correct an error, you not only fix the resulting text, but you also educate your NaturallySpeaking assistant to understand your individual speech habits.

Correction is one of the main ways in which NaturallySpeaking gets better over time. Don’t shortchange your assistant by not correcting it. (Errors that you make — “bloopers” — are corrected in a different way, with the command “Scratch That.”)

Here are two easily remembered ways using the command “Correct That”:

  • If NaturallySpeaking just made the error, say, “Correct That” or “Spell That.” Either the Correction menu box or the Spell Window appears. (You can also spell from the Corrections menu box.)

  • If NaturallySpeaking made the error a while back, select the erroneous text and say, “Correct That” to get the Correction dialog box.

Another quick way to make the correction would be to say, “correct <xyz> (where <xyz> is the word that Dragon didn’t recognize).

This second way of correction works only in the NaturallySpeaking window and in what are called “Full text control” applications. In other applications, you select the text, and then you must speak replacement text. If the new text is also erroneous, say “Correct That.”

When the Correction dialog box appears, it lists numbered alternatives. Verbally choose one of the alternatives by saying, “Choose <number>.” For instance, say, “Choose five.” If none of the alternatives are correct, you may verbally spell out the replacement text.

Another way to handle it if none of the options are correct is to redictate what you meant to say. If you get that wrong, say “spell that” and you can spell it out. When you use the “Spell window,” the word is added to the vocabulary for future use.