Handwriting personalisation on a Tablet PC


To increase the likelihood that your handwriting will be recognized correctly in Tablet PC Input Panel and in programs for the Tablet PC, try using the following tools:

  • Handwriting personalization. By providing samples of your handwriting, you can train your Tablet PC to recognize your handwriting style.

  • Automatic learning. Automatic learning adds the words that you use and how you write them to your handwriting dictionary. This is especially useful for acronyms, jargon, and proper names that you use frequently.

Picture of personalizing handwriting recognition
Teach the recognizer your handwriting style.

What languages can use handwriting personalization?

Handwriting recognition personalization is available for the following languages:

  • Catalan

  • Chinese (Simplified)

  • Chinese (Traditional)

  • Croatian

  • Czech

  • Danish

  • Dutch

  • English

  • Finnish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Norwegian (Bokmål)

  • Norwegian (Nynorsk)

  • Polish

  • Portuguese (Brazil)

  • Portuguese (Portugal)

  • Romanian

  • Russian

  • Serbian (Cyrillic)

  • Serbian (Latin)

  • Spanish

  • Swedish

Handwriting personalization

When you provide samples of your natural handwriting style, your Tablet PC is more likely to recognize your handwriting correctly.

Open Handwriting Personalization by tapping the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type personalize handwriting recognition, and then, in the list of results, tap Personalize handwriting recognition.

Handwriting personalization gives you two options: targeting specific characters or words that aren't recognized correctly, or teaching the tool to recognize your general handwriting style.

If you can identify which characters or words cause the most recognition errors, the following tables can help you decide which option to start with to target that type of error. You can complete each section of the tool more than once. If your handwriting is often recognized incorrectly, investing the time to complete each section of the tool several times could greatly improve those results.

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 so that the handwriting recognizer can learn your vocabulary and handwriting style.

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's used, go to the Handwriting Recognition section of our privacy statement online. If you turn off automatic learning, any data that has been collected and stored by automatic learning is deleted.

You can turn automatic learning on or off at any time on the Handwriting tab in Pen and Touch, in Control Panel.

Open Pen and Touch by tapping the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then tapping Control Panel. In the search box, type pen and touch, and then, in the list of results, tap Pen and Touch. (You won’t see Pen and Touch if you aren’t using a Tablet PC or a computer with a touchscreen.)

Notes

  • If you can't change settings on the Handwriting tab in Pen and Touch in Control Panel, those settings might be controlled by Group Policy. If a setting is unavailable, contact your system administrator. For more information, see Why won't Windows allow me to change a system setting?

  • Automatic learning uses the Windows Search index to learn your vocabulary. If there's a problem with the index or if Windows Search is turned off, it can affect automatic learning. For more information about the Windows Search index, see Searching in Windows: frequently asked questions.

To learn about other ways to improve handwriting recognition, see Strategies for improving handwriting recognition.



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