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You can also program a key on the keyboard to activate/toggle the dictation mode.
The use of a key in this manner can allow you to quickly change from command to dictation mode and back without having to issue a verbal command.
You can also program voice commands to activate/toggle the dictation mode.
You can assign a command phrase as well as the computer's audible response for both the 'starting' and 'stopping' of dictation.
You can train the computer to recognize the sounds of individual words. When in Dictation mode, say: Train Word.
A Microsoft SAPI dialog will appear allowing you to add/edit words in your user Lexicon (i.e., the database that stores individual words and sounds).
After you type the word in the box, press the "Record Pronounciation" button and say the word. You may have to repeat this step several times while
the computer records different samples of the way the word sounds. Once it has been accepted by the computer, the word will be added to the list below indicating that it is in your Lexicon.
When dictating, try not to look at the computer screen since this may distract you from your thoughts and cause you to loose concentration. The computer will attempt to transcribe everything you say. So, make sure you think about it first before saying it.
Speak in a clear voice and pronounce each word. Speech recognition software is not perfect and may make mistakes in the translation of your voice.
If you are using the Voice and Speech Recognition software mainly for command and control of your computer instead of dictation, then you should make sure that all of the commands you create for the system have two or more syllables. This helps because one-syllable words are frequently mis-recognized when there are sudden changes in background noises. For example, a sneeze may be mistakenly heard by the computer as a command to: "Mute" or "New". A multiple syllable command such as: "Mute Volume" is not easily mis-heard.