Correct speech recognition errors

This feature is available in the Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English (U.S.), and Japanese language versions of Microsoft Office.

  1. Right-click an error.
  2. On the shortcut menu (shortcut menu: A menu that shows a list of commands relevant to a particular item. To display a shortcut menu, right-click an item or press SHIFT+F10.), click the correct alternative.
  3. If the correct alternative is not listed, click More, and then click an alternative.


  • If you right-click a grammatical error, click Grammar on the shortcut menu to correct the error. You can also select correction alternatives by clicking Speech Alternatives on the shortcut menu.
  • You can click Correction Button image on the Language bar to select correction alternatives.

ShowSpell over errors

  1. Select the error by using your mouse or keyboard.
  2. In Dictation mode, say "spelling mode," pause slightly, and then spell the correction.

For example, if you dictate "sun," but the text is inserted as "son," spell over the error by saying "s-u-n."

ShowDictate over errors

  1. Select the error by using your mouse or keyboard, including one or two surrounding words on both sides of the error.

For example, if you dictate, "This is another example sentence," and you see, "This is an utter example sentence," select "is an utter example."

  1. Say the words that you selected, including the correct version of the error.

For example, say, "is another example."

 Note    You can also select just the incorrect word, but recognition accuracy is likely to be higher when you dictate more than one word.

ShowRetype errors

  1. Select the error by using your mouse or keyboard.
  2. Type the correction by using your keyboard.


  • You can delete the last thing you said by saying "scratch that."
  • You can also select text by using your voice in Voice Command mode. For example, you can say, "select next word," "select last word," "select next line," "select last line," or "select paragraph."
Applies to:
Word 2003