How to Use Back Up and Restore NaturallySpeaking User Profiles

By Stephanie Diamond

NaturallySpeaking keeps a backup copy of each user’s speech files. It automatically makes this copy every fifth time you save NaturallySpeaking’s speech files — which most people do when they are prompted to do so, every time they exit NaturallySpeaking.

You can make this backup more or less frequent by using the Options dialog box. Or, go to Tools→Options→Data and change the setting to Automatically Back Up User Profile Every <xx> Saves.

The backup speech files lag behind any changes you make by correcting or training NaturallySpeaking. So, if you make a mistake and save speech files when you shouldn’t have (perhaps you vocabulary-trained using the wrong documents), you can restore from an earlier version of those files. This keeps you from wasting all that effort of training NaturallySpeaking.

You can tell NaturallySpeaking to update the backup copy at any time by choosing Manage User Profiles→Advanced→Backup. To restore from the backup copy, choose Profiles→Advanced→Restore. (The files are located in the folder where you installed NaturallySpeaking, in the Users folder there, in the folder that goes with your particular username.) This also keeps you fro, wating valuable training time!