Improve Windows 10 Handwriting Recognition For Surface

Windows 10 Handwriting Recognition

One of the really cool features on Windows 10 on a Surface is the handwriting recognition capability. For example, you can use the Office 365 version of OneNote to make handwritten notes then convert them to text. In addition, you can use the writing panel option of the onscreen keyboard to hand write commands in lieu of typing them out.

Handwriting Panel

However, if you’re like me, you don’t always have perfect handwriting. In fact, most of the time, my handwriting is nearly illegible – especially if I’m writing something quickly. As a result, sometimes, my Surface can’t correctly identify what I am trying to write.

Fortunately, Microsoft included a feature to let Windows learn how you write, so that your Surface can more easily recognize your handwriting. Using this feature, called Handwriting Personalization, you can actually train your Surface (or other Windows 10 PC) to learn your handwriting style or rectify any particular symbol, pattern or letters that the computer often mistakes.

Improve Windows 10 Handwriting Recognition: How To Do It

The following steps will help you to train your Surface to better learn your handwriting:

  • Search for Language and select the Language Control Panel result.
  • Once the Language window appears, select Options. If you have more than one language installed, pick the one you wish to train.

Improve Windows 10 Handwriting Recognition

  • Select Personalize handwriting recognition.

Improve Windows 10 Handwriting Recognition

  • Once you do, you will see the following options appear.

Improve Windows 10 Handwriting Recognition

At this point, you have a choice to make. You can either…

  • Target Specific Recognition Errors: Do this if you’re having problems with Windows recognizing a specific letter, number, or symbol. For example, if it keeps confusing your “0’s” with “D’s” (as shown below). After you select this option, you will be given more options to help narrow down what your Surface needs to learn in order to recognize your writing.
  • Teach The Recognizer Your Handwriting Style: Do this if Windows is making all kinds of mistakes. Be aware that this will be a lengthy process as it will require you to provide over 50 different handwriting samples to learn how you write.

Windows 10 Handwriting Recognition

Once you’ve chosen an option, just follow the on-screen instructions. At the end of the process, don’t forget to save the changes when prompted to do so. If you don’t, you’ll have to do it all over again.

After you finish, though, your Surface should make fewer mistakes when trying to interpret your handwriting.


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