Using handwriting recognition personalization increases the likelihood that your handwriting will be recognized correctly in Tablet PC Input Panel and in programs for the Tablet PC that use handwriting recognition.

Handwriting personalization includes:

  • The Handwriting recognition personalization tool. You can improve your handwriting recognition results by providing samples of your handwriting to train the handwriting recognizer about how you write.

  • Automatic learning. By opting-in to automatic learning for personalization, you allow the recognizer to gather information about the words that you use and how you write them.

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Handwriting recognition personalization tool

When you provide samples of your natural writing style in the Handwriting recognition personalization tool, you increase the likelihood that your handwriting will be recognized correctly.

Open the Handwriting recognition personalization tool by tapping the Start button Picture of the Start button, tapping All Programs, tapping Tablet PC, and then tapping Personalize Handwriting Recognition.

To open the Handwriting recognition personalization tool from Tablet PC Input Panel

  1. Open Input Panel.

  2. Tap Tools, and then tap Personalize Handwriting Recognition.

In the Handwriting recognition personalization tool, you can choose from these options:

  • Target specific recognition errors. You can provide handwriting samples for specific characters or words that are being recognized incorrectly.

  • Teach the recognizer your handwriting style. You can provide a more extensive set of handwriting samples.

If you can identify which characters or words cause the most recognition errors, use the following tables to help you decide which part of the Handwriting recognition personalization tool to start with to target that type of error. You can complete each wizard more than once, and the more handwriting samples you provide, the better the potential results.

Tip

  • If you frequently receive poor handwriting recognition results, investing the time to complete each part of the tool several times could greatly improve the recognition of your handwriting.

Target specific recognition errors: which options to start with

The following table shows which options to start with in the Target specific recognition error section of the tool.

Type of recognition error Option
Type of recognition error

A specific letter, number, punctuation mark, or other symbol is often recognized incorrectly when you write the character by itself—for example, in the character pad or correction area in Input Panel.

Option

Character or word you specify

Type of recognition error

A specific word or short phrase is often recognized incorrectly.

Option

Character or word you specify

If the word or phrase that you're trying to target is longer than the allowable 20 characters on the Enter the character or word you want to target page, you can break it into several parts. For example, "http://www.contoso.com" is too long but you can break it into "http://" "www." "contoso" and ".com" and target each part for the same results.

Type of recognition error

Letters, numbers, and symbols are incorrectly recognized as other characters that have a similar shape, such as the letter l and the number 1, or the uppercase S and lowercase s.

Option

Characters with similar shapes

If the character set is not in the list, start with Character or word you specify instead.

Teach the recognizer your handwriting style: which options to start with

The following table shows which options to start with in the Teach the recognizer your handwriting style section of the tool.

Type of recognition error Option
Type of recognition error

Many letters, numbers, punctuation marks, or other symbols are often recognized incorrectly when you write the character by itself—for example, in the character pad or the correction area of Input Panel.

Option

Numbers, symbols, and letters

Type of recognition error

Words are frequently recognized incorrectly, for example when you write in the writing pad.

Option

Sentences

Automatic learning

Automatic learning collects data about the words you use and how you write them. If you turn on automatic learning, it enables the handwriting recognizer to learn your handwriting style and vocabulary.

Automatic learning for both your handwriting style and your vocabulary might not be available for all languages that include handwriting personalization. To find out which languages currently use automatic learning for handwriting style or vocabulary, see Personalize handwriting recognition for another language.

Any data collected by automatic learning is stored in your user profile and is not sent to Microsoft. To learn about what data is stored and how it is used, go to the Handwriting Recognition Personalization section of our privacy statement.

You can turn automatic learning on or off at any time in Control Panel, in Tablet PC Settings.

Open Tablet PC Settings by tapping the Start button Picture of the Start button, tapping Control Panel, tapping Mobile PC, and then tapping Tablet PC Settings.

Important

  • When you turn off automatic learning, any data that has been collected and stored by automatic learning is deleted.