Youâ€™ll know what you said from the context of the surrounding words. For example:
The program types: â€śSummer time the computer makes a mistake.â€ť Itâ€™s easy to figure out what it should have typed: â€śSometimes the computer makes a mistake.â€ť
To reduce errors, pronounce each word clearly, but donâ€™t pause between individual words. Speak naturally in phrases or sentences, but be sure to enunciate each word. The small amount of time taken to speak clearly will be paid back many times in less editing time and less frustration. Review the tips in â€śImproving Accuracyâ€ť on page 151 and implement as many as you can.
Ways to correct your dictation
Here are three suggested workflows to correct your dictation. The first two use only the keyboard. The third method lets you work hands-free, without the keyboard. Use whichever methods you prefer. After some practice, you may want to combine these methods so you can work partly by keyboard and partly by voice.
Correcting by typing
This correction method lets you work through the document smoothly, keeping your hands on the keyboard. To begin, move to the beginning of your dictation (you can jump to the start of your document with the keyboard shortcut CTRL+HOME). Press the Correction hot key to display the Correction menu. The Correction hot key is the (-) key on the numeric keypad, unless youâ€™ve changed it to another key using the Options settings. The computer will select your last utterance. If the selected text is correct, press the right arrow key to move to the next passage. Continue proofreading and pressing the right arrow key until you find a mistake.
If one of the choices on the Correction menu matches what you said:
Press the down arrow key to move to the correct choice.