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JAWS Power Tip: How To Use the Dictionary Manager to Create Rules for Reading Phrases and Acronyms

Released: 6/29/2023

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The JAWS Dictionary Manager is useful for pronouncing words or phrases that a speech synthesizer may not pronounce correctly.

In addition, rules can be created which take a phrase and announce it as an initialism.

Conversely, rules can be created which take an initialism and announce it as a word or phrase.

That is, a rule can be created where the initials of USA will be announced as United States of America and vice versa where the phrase United States of America will be announced as USA.

There are two keystrokes you can use to open the Dictionary Manager:

A. INSERT+F2 opens the list of JAWS managers. The Dictionary Manager is one of the items in this list.

B. Alternatively, you can bypass the list of managers and open the Dictionary Manager immediately at any time by pressing INSERT+D.

1. Open a blank Word document.

2. Press INSERT+D to open the JAWS Dictionary Manager.

3. Focus will be on the Add button, press SPACE to open this option.

4. Type in the word or abbreviation in the Actual Word edit box you want to create a rule for.

5. TAB to the Replacement Word edit box, type in the word or abbreviation you want to replace the actual word or Abbreviation with.

6. Press ENTER and then press ALT+F4 to close. When prompted to save your changes press SPACE for yes.

The Power of JAWS!

This Tip Brought To You By: Freedom Scientific

To learn more visit the Freedom Scientific website, join the JAWS Software f/t Blind Club on Clubhouse, follow @FreedomSci on Twitter or Facebook, ask your smart speaker to play the Freedom Scientific Training Podcast or subscribe to the Freedom Scientific Training YouTube Channel.

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