Strategies for improving handwriting recognition

It can be frustrating if your handwriting is not recognized correctly by your Tablet PC. There are several things that you can do to improve the chances that your handwriting is recognized correctly.

Note

  • Handwriting recognition is currently available for English, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Korean, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese (Brazil). If you are not using one of these input languages, you can use the on-screen keyboard in Tablet PC Input Panel to enter text without using a standard keyboard.

Personalize your handwriting recognition

You can use the handwriting recognition personalization features by providing handwriting samples and turning on automatic learning.

If handwriting recognition generally works poorly for you, the best thing that you can do is to provide lots of handwriting samples through the Handwriting recognition personalization tool. When you provide handwriting samples in the Handwriting recognition personalization tool, the handwriting recognizer learns how you write characters and words, which can improve the accuracy of handwriting recognition for you.

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.

Tips

  • The more handwriting samples you provide, the better the chances that it will improve handwriting recognition for you.

  • You can provide samples for each section of the Handwriting recognition personalization tool as many times as you want because additional handwriting adds to the set of handwriting samples that is used to update the handwriting recognizer.

  • Because it can be time-consuming, you don't have to write all of your samples at one time. You can save your handwriting samples and come back to provide more handwriting samples at any time.

To learn more about the Handwriting recognition personalization tool and automatic learning, see Handwriting personalization on a Tablet PC.

Add words to the handwriting dictionary

You can greatly improve handwriting recognition for words such as proper names, acronyms, technical terms, and abbreviations by adding them to the handwriting dictionary.

To add a word to the handwriting dictionary

  1. Open Tablet PC Input Panel.

  2. To display the writing pad, tap the Writing Pad Picture of the Writing Pad button button.
  3. In the writing area, write the word that you want to add to the handwriting dictionary.

  4. If the word is not in the handwriting dictionary, it might be recognized incorrectly. Tap the recognized text.

  5. In the correction area, revise the text so that the word that you want to add to the dictionary appears.

    Note

    • Make sure that you spell the word correctly. If you add a misspelled word to the handwriting dictionary, it could degrade the quality of your handwriting recognition.

  6. Tap the Dictionary Tools icon Picture of the Dictionary Tools icon , and then select Add to dictionary.

Other things that might help

Besides using the new handwriting personalization features and adding words to the handwriting dictionary, there are several things that you can do that might help improve handwriting recognition and your experience with using handwriting on your Tablet PC.

  • Hold the pen and Tablet PC naturally. Holding the tablet pen the same way that you hold a traditional pen or pencil makes your handwriting more natural, which can help improve recognition.

  • Set your Tablet PC for the hand you write with.

    To adjust handedness on your Tablet PC

    1. 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.

    2. On the General tab, under Handedness, tap Right-handed or Left-handed.

  • Make sure your Tablet PC screen and pen are properly calibrated.

    To adjust screen and tablet pen calibration

    1. 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.

    2. On the General tab, under Calibration, choose a screen orientation, and then tap Calibrate.

  • Use the quick keys (Num, Sym, and Web) in Input Panel to enter numbers, symbols, or common elements of web and e-mail addresses, such as "www." and ".com". Quick keys are accessible from the writing pad or character pad, and provide a fast way to enter characters that might cause recognition errors.