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ExpressScribe and audio files

Posted By: Larry on 2007-06-18
In Reply to: It's can't be done. - sm

Thanks for your reply.  I have used ExpressScribe before, but my predicament is that I need something that will play dictation that has been burned onto a CD.  My CD-RW drive is drive D, and I do not know how to get ExpressScribe to load the dictation that is in that drive. Can anyone help? 

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