Options displays a dropdown menu to customize your use of WordQ.
Words: Show or hide the predicted word list. Click or press F9 (or assigned hot key).
Speech: Turn speech feedback On or Off . Click or press F10 (or assigned hot key).
Mic: Turn the microphone On or Off . Click or press F8 (or assigned hot key).
Read: Start or stop reading selected text. Click or press F11 (or assigned hot key).
Topics allows you to emphasize words in the prediction. A topic is a list of words that are part of your vocabulary that are predicted faster. Click to show available topics or press F12 (or assigned hot key).
My Words. View your Main user vocabulary, spelling errors to review, topic lists, and abbreviation-expansions
Abbreviations. Turn abbreviation-expansions ON/OFF.
Prediction… Customize word predictions.
Speech Feedback… Customize speech feedback.
Hot Keys… Customize hot keys to control the buttonbar.
Speech Recognition… Create a speech recognition profile and adjust settings.
Train Speech Train WordQ to recognize your voice.
Train Word… Add a new word or prevent a word from being dictated.
New User… Create a new user profile from available vocabulary templates.
Open User… Open another user profile.
Save User… Save current user profile.
Save User As… Save current user profile with a different name.
Delete User… Delete a user profile.
Preferences. Choose advanced settings.
Exam Mode. Limits WordQ features that may not be allowed during exams/assessments for a time-limited period.
Help. View help instructions; view online help videos; check for updates; view End User License Agreement.
Quit. Quits WordQ and saves current user profile.
Step 1: Start WordQ
Step 2: Start your writing application
Step 3: Begin typing and predicting
Step 4: Hear your sentence
Step 5: Read your sentence
If you select the wrong word by mistake, you can quickly correct it by pressing ESC. The last word will be erased and you can now select the correct word.
Sometimes only part of a word you want is predicted, e.g., “start” rather than “starting.”
To see different endings or inflections:
To move through the document with the arrow keys:
Alternately, you can toggle the prediction box On/Off by clicking the Words icon (F9) and move while the box is hidden.
Wherever you position the text cursor in your document, WordQ will show you appropriate predictions, even when the cursor is in the middle of a word.
Experiment with moving the cursor through a word to see how the predictions change. This feature is really useful to see different word endings.
If you type a letter within an existing word, the predicted words will be based on the letters that came before, including the one just typed.
Selecting a predicted word will replace the existing word.
Double-click or highlight a word to have it spellchecked.
Speech is turned on by default. Click Speech icon to toggle speech feedback ON and OFF .
Words typed or selected from the prediction list are read out loud.
Each sentence is read out loud at the end of the sentence.
Note: Choose speech feedback cues under Options>Speech Feedback...>Feedback
To help you distinguish predicted words that look or sound similar, WordQ comes with pre-written usage examples for the most commonly confused words.
To hear usage examples:
You can look up synonyms for predicted words in a similar manner to usage examples. Words with synonyms are indicated by a DIAMOND symbol to the right of those words.
To view synonyms:
WordQ will consider creative spelling when making its predictions.
Whenever there are no words in WordQ’s dictionary beginning with the letters that you type, WordQ will suggest words that take into consideration possible spelling/typing mistakes.
Also, when you highlight a word, creative spelling will be considered when predicting words, i.e., spellchecked.
To turn off creative spelling:
You can emphasize words in the prediction by using topical words from a topic list. A topic list can be fixed or dynamic (temporary) using ThoughtQ technology.
A fixed topic list is created and saved with your profile from a list of words in a text file (see Personalize Vocabulary > Create topics manually), or by using WordQ’s quick topic word extractor (see Personalize Vocabulary > Create topics from clipboard).
A dynamic topic list is automatically created by entering a topical keyword and used temporarily. It can be changed at any time; for example, between sentences or paragraphs. Although a dynamic topic list is not saved with your profile, the list can be copied and added to a fixed topic list.
To use a fixed topic:
To turn off a fixed topic:
To use a dynamic topic:
To turn off a dynamic topic:
To add dynamic topic words to a fixed topic list:
To get a definition of a specific topic word:
To search and discover related information:
A combination of letters, an “abbreviation,” may be defined to represent a word or phrase, e.g., “iwbt” for “I want to book a ticket for ”.
When you type an abbreviation followed by the SPACEBAR or ENTER key, it expands to the assigned word or phrase.
You can create your own set of abbreviations that are easy for you to use and remember. There is no limit on the number of abbreviations that may be saved in one set.
Exam Mode turns off WordQ features that may not be allowed during exams/assessments. In particular, those features that may be deemed unfair or allow “cheating.”
A teacher or exam supervisor typically initiates this mode and chooses the time limit.
Prior to starting Exam Mode it is important that the user loads their personal vocabulary and configures their desired usability features, such as Voice, Word List display, and Selection settings.
After choosing Exam Mode, a warning dialog will be displayed indicating the following features are turned off and not available:
Two features to allow are optional:
Choosing the Exam Mode time limit:
Press the DOWN arrow to hear each predicted word spoken.
WordQ speaks back letters, words, and sentences. Any combination of these may be used:
Note: Choose these speaking cues under Options>Speech Feedback...>Feedback
To read a block of text:
Note: Word-by-word highlighting is limited to common Apple applications including iLife, and iWork, as well as Facebook (in Safari), and MS Word.
Proofreading sentences uses both visual and spoken cues to help you find mistakes in word order, word form, missing words, grammar, spelling and punctuation. By listening to the flow of words you can hear whether it makes sense. You can often hear mistakes that you don’t see.
WordQ offers a special proofreading mode in common Microsoft applications including MS Word, WordPad, Notepad, or Outlook. Here the current sentence is spoken with each word is highlighted word-by-word emphasizing the visual/spoken shape of each word. All of this is done directly in the application.
If you hear a mistake you can then step through the sentence word-by-word to locate the mistake. For example, you may hear two words that sound wrong together. You may have left a word out in between or one of the words may be incorrect.
When non-Microsoft applications are used (e.g., Chrome, Adobe applications, Inspiration), word-by-word highlighting is not always available and you must manually highlight the text as described above (Block of text). If word-by-word highlighting is desired in these situations, you can easily copy and paste the text into Notepad for proofreading.
To proofread a sentence:
You may then:
Type your text as best as you can. Don’t worry about punctuation for the moment. When you’ve finished typing a section, use proofreading as described before to have WordQ read your text back to you.
If you’re not sure about punctuation, experiment. Put in a comma or a question mark where you think it might go.
Listen to the sentence(s) being read back. The speech will automatically pause at each punctuation mark and the intonation will change. Make changes until you are satisfied with how it sounds.
The Read function may not always work with more complex formatting, such as some tables.
It may also be unable to read unusual characters. Such problem are most common when trying to read websites.
The document that you are reading must be the active application for text to be read. Do not click WordQ titlebar before clicking Read.
Select My Words... from the Options menu. The Main tab page will be displayed.
You can add personal words or phrases to your WordQ vocabulary such as the names of family and friends. While WordQ includes many common names, adding your own names helps WordQ identify ones that are important to you.
You can also choose to add your words as you type. WordQ will automatically learn correctly spelled words.
To add a word or a phrase:
To add words as you type:
To share your vocabulary:
Select My Words... from the Options menu. Then click Spelling tab.
Misspelled and unrecognized words are shown here for you to review.
To accept words for prediction:
To delete misspelled words:
Note: Leaving words in the spelling list does not affect word prediction. You may accept or delete words at any time.
Select My Words... from the Options menu. Then click Topics tab.
WordQ 4 can automatically learn topic words from any text copied to the clipboard from any application (including the Web).
To create a topic list from clipboard text:
In any application (e.g., web page) with text to learn:
Note: The application must allow you to copy text.
To share topic words:
Select My Words... from the Options menu. Then click Topics tab.
To create a topic list:
To add topic words one-by-one:
To add topic words from a text file:
To share topic words:
Select My Words... from the Options menu. Then click Abbreviations tab.
To add abbreviation-expansions one-by-one:
To share your abbreviation-expansions:
Select Prediction... from the Options menu. Then click Word List tab.
Number of words. Choose the number of words (1 – 9). (Default = 5)
Font. Select the Font button and choose the font, style and size. The prediction box automatically changes size with any font changes.
Display synonyms turns the display of synonyms On/Off. (Default = ON)
Display usage examples turns the display of usage examples On/Off. (Default = ON)
Order of predicted words
Most likely shows predicted words in most likely order. (Default)
Alphabetical shows predicted words in alphabetical order.
Vertical list displays predicted words vertically, which is generally easier to read. (Default)
Horizontal list displays predicted words in a single row.
Position of List
Follow text cursor displays predicted words following the text insertion cursor as you type. (Default)
Leave in place displays predicted words at a fixed location as you type. You can drag the list to another location using the title bar that is shown only when this option is selected.
Select Prediction... from the Options menu. Then click Prediction tab.
Predict new words that I use enables WordQ to automatically add correctly spelled words to your vocabulary. Novel and misspelled words are put aside for you to review. See Review misspelled or unrecognized words above. (Default = ON)
Predict words from the WordQ Dictionary suggests words from the WordQ Dictionary when appropriate words cannot be found in your vocabulary. (Default = ON)
Predict next words displays the words that are most likely to follow the word you have just selected. (Default = ON)
Adapt predictions based on how I combine words enables WordQ to learn which words you use to follow one another. If you have trouble with grammar, you may want to leave this option unchecked. (Default = OFF)
Predict words based on creative spelling enables WordQ to consider creative spelling when making its predictions. Whenever there are no words in WordQ’s dictionary beginning with the letters that you type, WordQ will suggest words that take into consideration possible spelling/typing mistakes. Also, when you highlight a word, creative spelling will be considered when predicting words, i.e., spell checked. (Default = ON)
Following a word prediction
Add spaces and adjust punctuation. You can choose to let WordQ automatically add a space after you select a predicted word. When you type a punctuation mark, WordQ will remove this training space, place the punctuation and add any necessary spaces. (Default = ON)
You may also choose to:
- Add 1 space after you end a sentence. This is the common rule with computer fonts. (Default)
- Add 2 spaces after you end a sentence.
Capitalize the first word of the next sentence. This option is only available when the previous option is selected, and only works if you immediately begin typing the next sentence after typing an end-of-sentence mark. (Default = ON)
To keep your vocabulary from learning new words:
To predict words from only your vocabulary:
Select Prediction... from the Options menu. Then click Selection tab.
Select by number enables selection of predicted words by either the number line or numeric keyboard. (Default = ON)
- Use the number line uses the numbers above the letters to select predicted words. (Default)
- Use the numeric keyboard uses the numbers on a numeric keypad (on extended keyboard) to select predicted words.
Point and click to select a word enables selection of predicted words by a mouse/trackpad. (Default = ON)
Select Speech Feedback... from the Options menu. Then click Voice tab.
To adjust the voice:
Volume adjusts the speech volume. The maximum volume is the current Windows volume setting.
Reading Speed adjusts the reading speed of the selected voice.
To change the reading voice:
Select Speech Feedback... from the Options menu. Then click Feedback tab.
To hear what you type:
Speak letters helps you confirm which character you have typed. Each letter is spoken as you type it.
Speak words helps you detect spelling errors. Each word that you type or select is spoken.
Speak sentences helps you hear the word flow in a sentence to decide whether the proper words and punctuation have been used.
To hear predicted words:
To hear menus:
To hear file names, buttons, options and other window text
Select Speech Feedback... from the Options menu. Then click Pronunciations tab.
Change pronunciations of certain words (e.g., your name) if the current pronunciation is inaccurate.
Simply spell the exception as you think it should be spoken.
To share your word pronunciations:
WordQ's speech recognition benefits a wide range of users, from those with severe spelling and writing difficulties to those who simply have to write a lot. For some people it is a way of finally being able to communicate in writing, for others it is a simple tool for a busy life.
You can do everything that WordQ does, plus you can write by speaking. At any time you have the choice of typing with the keyboard, using word prediction, or speaking straight into your text. Speech recognition and word prediction are integrated to enhance the effectiveness of each other.
Your WordQ speech recognition offers several unique features:
You can train WordQ to recognize your speech using texts provided that match your reading level or you can write your own training texts.
Once you have finished training, you can dictate words or phrases directly into your documents similar to other speech recognition software. You can also use unique speech-enabled word prediction. Here, spoken words are displayed as a list of choices enhanced by word prediction. You then choose from the prediction box using the keyboard or mouse, or type letters to further refine the suggestions.
Recognized words and phrases are immediately read aloud to help you identify mis-recognitions. To help you make any corrections, highly accurate word predictions are suggested by combining speech with predictive information. As a result, the desired word can be selected with a minimum number of keystrokes.
It may take you some time to work out for yourself how to balance typing with speaking. Everyone is different.
WordQ offers two dictations modes, Speak and select and Speak continuously. Associated with these is an option to limit single-word recognition to only words from your WordQ vocabulary.
Microphone on/off settings
From the Options>Speech Recognition... dialog you can choose to have the microphone automatically turn off while editing, after every recognition, or never.
Turn mic off: while editing (default)
The microphone automatically turns off whenever you: click with the mouse; use the , or (arrow) keys or press Esc. This allows you to make edit without worrying about unwanted recognitions being inserted. Click on the Mic button or press F8 to turn the microphone on again when needed.
Turn mic off: after speaking
This is useful when you occasionally use speech recognition. Turn on the microphone when you want to insert a word or phrase and then the microphone turns itself off.
Turn mic off: never
The microphone will stay on until you manually turn it off.
Press Esc to immediately undo any text entered in your document through speech recognition.
No speech commands
WordQ's speech recognition focuses on recognizing words for writing only. There are no speech commands (e.g., command and control, selection, correction, editing, selection, navigation, capitalization) to get confused with your writing. However, a limited set of punctuation marks can be used (see Tips).
Recognition speech feedback
When first installed WordQ will speak back whatever is recognized.
You can turn this off by unchecking Speak words in the Options>Speech Feedback...>Feedback dialog.
It is very important to take care of your voice when you are using speech recognition.
If you have frequent hoarseness, loss of speech, sore throats, pain or discomfort when speaking, or if speaking starts to require significant effort, do not use speech recognition. If these problems persist and are not associated with a cold or other illness, please contact a speech-language pathologist or an ear, nose and throat specialist.
We recommend the following when using speech recognition:
It’s a good idea to read the whole of this section before you start the training – that way you will know what to expect and your training will be more successful.
Before using speech recognition you must create a recognition profile and train it so that WordQ recognizes your speech. You will read several training texts aloud. Each involves speaking for about 2 – 5 minutes. You will need to do several of these, with breaks in between, so that speech recognition can work more accurately. (You need to train at least 800 – 1,000 words, or about 15 minutes of your speech for best results.) If you find that recognition is poor when you come to dictating, then do some further training, preferably with text that is similar to what you want to write (see Create your own training text).
Note: The speech training interface described below has been designed for a user who has difficulty with reading. If this is not your case, you can use the standard Microsoft speech training wizard located under Start>Control Panel>Speech. This wizard allows somewhat faster training without speech prompting.
Step 1: Connect your microphone
Step 2: Do a quick test of your microphone
Step 3: Choose the recognition engine
Ensure that only a Microsoft English Recognizer is chosen.
- Choose Microsoft Speech Recognizer 8.0 for Windows. WordQ will not work with any non-Microsoft recognition engine that may be displayed.
Step 4: Create a speech recognition profile
Step 5: Read your sentence
Step 6: Train your speech
Step 7: Repeat training
Repeat this training procedure with more training texts. At least three of the full training texts (i.e., all parts) provided should be trained. This is about 800 – 1,000 words, or about 15 minutes of your speech. You can take a break between trainings or do them on different days. The recognition will improve with more training.
At first, you may be disappointed with recognition in comparison to the training where the training text is known in advance and your recognition appears perfect. In actual use, the computer does not know what you are saying in advance. With practice, the recognition will improve. You will also learn how to dictate more comfortably leading to better recognition.
Additional training may be required if you are not satisfied with the recognition, preferably with text that is similar to what you want to write (see Create your own training texts).
With time, you will work out your own strategy for combining speech with typing and word prediction.
You can create your own training text files from samples of your own writing or from any other source. Training texts are simply text files, created in the word processor of your choice, using text characters only ( i.e., no numbers) and simple punctuation. These are then saved in text-only format with a “.txt” extension.
It is recommended that you back up your recognition profile immediately after you have completed training it. This profile is separate from your user vocabulary, although the name of your current profile is recorded with your vocabulary. You should also back up your recognition profile on a regular basis.
Hint: Consider using a different file name each time that you back up your recognition profile ( e.g., Tom1, Tom2, Tom3). Then, if something goes wrong with your recognition profile, you can then recover to a time when it was working without having to redo all of your training.
Backing up a recognition profile
Restoring a recognition profile
Speak and Select is one of two available speech recognition modes with WordQ. Here, spoken words are displayed as a list of choices enhanced by word predictions. You then select from the list of words or phrases (using the keyboard or mouse), or type letters to further refine the suggestions.
When WordQ is first installed, Speak and Select mode is automatically chosen. You can manually choose this mode by choosing Speech Recognition... from the Options menu and then select it under Dictation. This dialog also includes an option to limit single-word recognitions to only words from your vocabulary.
Step 1: Start a writing application
Step 2: Turn on microphone
Step 3: Speak a word or phrase.
Step 4: Select a word or phrase
Step 5: Correcting within a recognized phrase
Step 6: Adding punctuation
In the Speak and Select mode, you must type punctuation marks rather than speak them.
Speak continuously is the second of two available speech recognition modes with WordQ. Here, your spoken words are typed directly into your document as you say them.
You can manually choose Speak Continuously by choosing it under the Dictation section of the Options>Speech Recognition... dialog. This dialog also includes an option to limit single-word recognitions to only words from your vocabulary.
Step 1: Start a writing application
Step 2: Turn on microphone
Step 3: Speak a phrase
Step 4: Correcting within a recognized phrase
Step 5: Inserting punctuation
Step 6: Correcting within your document
Step 7: Training new words
To write Say
? Question mark
! Exclamation point
@ At sign or at
+ Plus sign
# Pound sign
% Percent sign
$ Dollar sign