Writing and Self-Editing Features

Writing Tools

Word Prediction

Prediction will help you finish sentences. It will access a list of words that will complete the one that you are currently typing and will also try to predict your next word as you finish typing a word.


Using Word Prediction:

  1. Open a new blank document in Microsoft Word and then click on theWORD PREDICTION BUTTON button on the toolbar to display the Prediction window.
  2. Type the following text into your document and notice how the Prediction window is predicting words for you to use:
    This is an ex
  3. When you type in the ‘ex’ you will see a list of words beginning with ‘ex’ displayed in the Prediction window.
  4. Click on ‘example’ in the Prediction window or press the appropriate function key on your keyboard. The word is inserted into your document, followed by a space. The Prediction window will then have another list of words for you to choose from.
    There is also a useful feature that allows you to view dictionary definitions and homophones in the Prediction window.
  5. Beside the list of words in the Prediction window some of them have the following symbol next to them:EXAMPLE- PREDICTION2 . This indicates that the word is a homophone or confusing word.
  6.  If you are unsure what a word means. Hover your mouse over it and then click on the dictionary symbol.
  7. You will see the Dictionary displayed. Something like this:EXAMPLE- WORD PREDICTION2
  8. You can read the definition in the Dictionary meanings list box and decide if it is the word you are looking for. Click on theCLOSE BUTTON button on the top right-hand corner of the Dictionary window to close it.
  9. Use the Prediction to write a few sentences and watch how the Prediction provides the type of vocabulary you are likely to want to type.
  10. Close Prediction by clicking on the WORD PREDICTION BUTTONbutton.

Spelling Checker


Using Spell Checker:

Type the following text into a blank Microsoft Word document (There are deliberate spelling mistakes in the text that you must enter letter for letter. They are underlined. You do not need to underline these misspelled words in your document.): A volcaneo tends to occur where tectronic plates meet. The earth is made up of about 8 big tectronic plates. When volcanoes erupt they can throw out lava, ash and gases. An example of a volcano is Mount Rinjani. This volcano is found on the iland of Lombok. It has a long history of eraptions and erupted in 1994 and more recently in May 2010.

  1. Click on theSPELLING CHECKER ICON button on the toolbar. You will see the Spelling Helper window displayed:EXAMPLE- SPELL CHECKER
  2. The first misspelled word in your document is highlighted in red.
    You can use the following buttons to correct your spellings:
    Change button – select a word from the Word list box and then click on this button to change the misspelled word to the selected word. Use this to correct ‘volcaneo’ to ‘volcano’.
    Change all button – select a word from the Word list box and then click on this button to change all instances of the misspelled word throughout your document. Use this to correct ‘tectronic’ to ‘tectonic’.
    Add custom button – click on this button to add the selected word to your Custom Spelling Dictionary. Use this to add ‘Rinjani’ to the Custom Dictionary.
    Auto Correct button – select a word from the Word list box and then click on this button to add the misspelled word to the auto correct file. In future, when you type the word incorrectly, the Spelling facility will now automatically change the word to the selected word. Use this to correct ‘iland’.
    Correct the rest of the document.
    Ignore button – click on this button to ignore the misspelled word.
    The Spelling Helper window closes as soon as the spell check is complete.

Fact Mapper

Create a visual representation of facts and ideas on screen.
Note: You must be online to use this feature.


Examples of Fact Mapper


Using Fact Mapper:

  1. To access the Fact Mapper, click on the button on the FACT MAPPER ICONRead&Write 11.5 Gold toolbar. You will see the Fact Mapper window displayed.FACT MAPPER-NAVIGATION
  2. The first time you attempt to use any of the facilities in Fact Mapper, you may see the following message box. Click on the Allow access button.EXAMPLE- FACT MAPPER3
  3. Click on the File menu in order to view the File toolbar:EXAMPLE- FACT MAPPER4
  4. Click on the Fact Map menu in order to view the Fact Map toolbar:EXAMPLE- FACT MAPPER5

When working with fact maps, make sure you save before closing the Fact Mapper or you will lose your work. 

Creating fact maps:

  1. Click on the EXAMPLE- FACT MAPPER6button on the Fact Map toolbar.
    A new fact is displayed in the main work area.
  2. Type the text (example: America) into the new fact:EXAMPLE- FACT MAPPER7
  3. Click on the America fact and then click on theEXAMPLE- FACT MAPPER6 button.
    A new fact is displayed in the main work area and is linked to the first fact.
  4. Type the text (example: Map of America) into the new fact. You can keep adding facts and drap and drop them to the location you want them within the screen.

For more information on Fact Mapper watch this helpful video!

Other Writing Support Tools:

Read Aloud

Speech Input