Instructional Videos

The following videos provide instructions and important tips to help you get the most out of Dragon. These brief videos demonstrate everything from installing Dragon and creating a user profile to creating custom commands and using Dragon with a digital voice recorder. Select a topic from the tabs below to launch the video.

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Commands

Customization

  • Configure Dictation Box settings
    The Dictation Box allows you dictate and edit text in any window of any application. You can define how the Dictation Box copies text from and pastes text into select applications.
  • Change word properties
    You can customize personal preferences to control the spacing, capitalization and other properties of dictated words.
  • Adjust speed vs. accuracy
    Use the Speed vs. Accuracy slider to increase product speed or increase recognition accuracy.
  • Change data options
    You can customize the options to have Dragon automatically back up your user profile.
  • Change HotKeys options
    HotKeys allow a user to activate and deactivate options by pressing a single key on the keyboard (e.g., the default HotKey to turn the microphone off an on is the plus key on the numeric keypad).
  • Change view options
    Selecting the Show Messages option enables you to see useful hints that periodically appear in the DragonBar.
  • Change Text-to-Speech options
    Adjust text-to-speech playback attributes including volume, pitch, speed and voice type.
  • Change toolbar view for DragonBar
    Adjust the view of the DragonBar to show more options.
  • Reduce the amount of speech data saved
    To maximize system resources, the Options dialog box enables you to control the disk space reserved for playback of your dictation or instruct Dragon to store corrections in an archive.
  • Improve performance by decreasing the vocabulary size
    You may choose to decrease your vocabulary size to improve overall Dragon speed. The smaller the vocabulary Dragon uses, faster and transcribe your dictation.
  • Hide the results box
    If you find that you are distracted by the yellow results box that collects your dictated text before dropping the words into your document, options are available to remove the results box from the screen while you dictate.

Digital Voice Recorder

Formatting

Improve Accuracy

  • Installing Dragon NaturallySpeaking
    Preview the installation process, including the required product activation.
  • Creating a user profile
    Learn how to create a customized User Profile that best reflects your voice, the words you use, and your specific audio input device(s).
  • Use Spell Mode
    The Spell Mode is very useful for dictating character sequences that don't form pronounceable words, such as part numbers, license plate numbers and codes.
  • Train Words from the Spell Dialog box
    Normally you do not need to train words after spelling them, but if Dragon repeatedly misrecognizes a word, even after you have added it to the vocabulary, that word should be trained.
  • Run the Acoustic and Language Model Optimizer
    Increase your overall accuracy by updating your user profile with acoustic data from your corrections and additional training you have performed.
  • Turn Command Mode on
    In Command Mode, Dragon will interpret all dictation as commands instead of text.
  • Train words and phrases
    If Dragon is not recognizing certain words or phrases, and you have tried correcting the misrecognition at least twice, then it may be necessary to train that word or phrase to teach Dragon exactly how you pronounce it.
  • Add individual words to vocabulary
    If Dragon does not recognize a proper name, acronym or other word, that particular word may not be in Dragon’s vocabulary. If this happens, you can add the word so that it is recognized in the future.
  • Add words from a list
    You can create a list of words (such as a list of employee names, product code list, etc.) to add directly to your vocabulary.
  • Add words with the Spell dialog box
    The Spell dialog box can be used to add a word to your vocabulary by dictating the correct spelling of the word.
  • Edit vocabulary
    The Vocabulary Editor allows you to view or edit your vocabulary to address unique words or phrases.
  • Create a spoken form of a word or phrase
    Creating a spoken form allows you to specify how you choose to dictate the word or phrase that Dragon will transcribe (e.g., the spoken form “N double ACP” yields the written form NAACP).
  • Change correction options
    Dragon offers a variety of correction options, including the ability to have the Correction Menu appear every time you select a word or phrase by voice.
  • Change the recognition mode
    Changing recognition mode can make dictating certain types of text or numbers more efficient. You can choose whether or not Dragon should recognize voice commands.
  • Turn dictation mode on
    If you want Dragon to interpret on commands as dictation instead of text, you can use Dictation mode. In dictation mode, Dragon will convert on commands into written text.

Installation

Making Corrections

  • Spell a word
    To spell a word, simply say "Spell" or "Spell That" and the characters of the word or words you want to spell.
  • Playing back your dictation
    To make correcting mistakes easier, Dragon records your speech as you dictate. When you check your work, you can play back some or all of the text so that you can hear what you actually said.
  • Correct text using voice
    You can use your voce to correct a misrecognition. Correcting text is an important way to increase Dragon's recognition accuracy.
  • Correct a misrecognized command
    When valid commands appear in the Results Box, it will adopt a bold blue border. Say "scratch that" to delete an unwanted dictation and "undo that" to undo an unwanted action.
  • Undo a command or dictation
    To undo the last dictation, you can say "undo that."

Technical Support