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Accuracy Tuning

A process by which Dragon can analyze your usage, adapting your user profile so that it can more accurately transcribe what you say. Accuracy Tuning lets Dragon learn from its archive of what you have dictated, any corrections you have made, and any additional acoustic training you have performed.

This process uses the Acoustic and Language Model Optimizer. It can be scheduled to automatically run at a particular time and frequency. (Scheduling the Acoustic Optimization and the Language Model Optimization can be done from the Tools menu's Administrative Settings dialog. Be sure to pick a time when your computer will be on; see the help for details.) If desired, you can launch this Accuracy Tuning yourself, from the Accuracy Center. (Dragon will let you know once you have used the software enough for it to be able to run Accuracy Tuning.)


An option in the View tab of Dragon's Options dialog, to ensure that the Results display always appears in the same place on your screen. Many users anchor the Results display in a place they find unobtrusive, such as the bottom right of the screen. (To do this, open the View tab of the Options dialog, choose Anchor, then close the Options dialog; the next time you see the Results display, you can drag it to a location of your choice and Dragon will keep it there until you move it.)

Auto-Formatting Options

A dialog box available from the DragonBar’s Tools menu, it lets you see and edit the options for how Dragon automatically formats special text such as dates, times, addresses, units of measure, phone numbers, prices, and more. For example, by default, Dragon follows the typographical rule that small integers should be written as words unless they appear in special contexts such as a price but you can set an auto-formatting option so that Dragon always transcribes numbers greater than two as numerals. .) You can also choose to have Dragon automatically expand contractions (for instance, when you say “won’t”, Dragon transcribes “will not.”) Note: You can also affect aspects of automatic formatting thanks to the Vocabulary Editor’s Word Properties dialog box.

AutoTranscribe Folder Agent

A feature of the Dragon’s higher editions which automatically detects and transcribes recordings copied to a specified directory. It lets you specify which Dragon user profile to use for transcribing the recordings found in that directory, as well as where to put the text files resulting from the transcription.

Command Browser

A tool showing all the various wordings of voice commands Dragon can recognize, including custom commands if your edition supports them (commands that you or your system administrator might have added). The Command Browser is the most comprehensive place to see the commands that are available in each application; it lets you see which parts of a command can be omitted, as well as what can be substituted (for instance, “move” and “go”). By using its Filter feature, you can search for commands containing one or more specific words.

Command Mode

Command Mode is one of Dragon's restricted recognition modes: it causes Dragon to interpret everything you say as a command (nothing is interpreted as text to be transcribed). By default, Dragon is in Normal Mode; to change to Command Mode, you can use the DragonBar or say commands such as "Start Command Mode" or "Switch to Command Mode."

Dictation Box

A tool Dragon offers to provide Full Text Control in a “non-standard” text field. It's a simple intermediary window you can bring up by voice or by hand; in it, you can use commands that quote from the text (such as "Delete XYZ", "Correct XYZ", and "Insert before XYZ") as well as use custom commands to paste boilerplate text if your edition supports custom commands. Once the text is as you wish, just use the box’s Transfer button; Dragon will close the Dictation Box and transfer your text to where you had the insertion point (cursor). Note that the box’s Settings button lets you customize the appearance and behavior of the Dictation Box, including giving it different settings for different applications.

Dictation Commands

A special group of commands related to the text Dragon transcribes. They include “Cap”, “Caps On” and “Numeral” and appear near the very top of the Vocabulary Editor’s list (where their Written Form field is blank).

Dictation Mode

Dictation Mode is one of Dragon's restricted recognition modes: it causes Dragon to interpret everything you say as dictation and not as a command. Dictation Mode can be helpful if you want to dictate as quickly as possible, or to dictate without looking at your screen. By default, Dragon is in Normal Mode; to change to Dictation Mode, you can use the DragonBar or say commands such as "Switch to Dictation Mode".

Dragon Sidebar (formerly the Sample Commands window)

Introduced in version 11 as an enhancement of version 10’s Sample Commands window, this thin vertical window lets you see important commands and tips at any time. You can dock it on the left or right side of the screen, set it to auto-hide, or set it to "float" and place it anywhere.

The Sidebar's top pane contains commands (including application-specific commands, global commands, mouse commands, and custom commands) and its lower pane contains tips. By right-clicking the Sidebar, you can display a menu to print the content, hide the Mouse tab or Tips pane, or switch to another monitor if you have more than one monitor.

You can open it from the Help menu, or by saying commands such as “Show Dragon Sidebar” or "What can I say".


Dragon’s toolbar. In addition to its icons and menus, it contains a message area which provides information regarding Dragon’s status (for instance, about the Recognition Mode, or lack of Full Text Control.). You can modify its appearance from the View tab of the Options dialog (if you wish, you can even “hide” it so that is it only accessible as a tray icon.) In version 11, the DragonBar appears at the top of your screen by default.


Dragon’s built-in word processor, available through the Tools menu or by saying a command such as “open DragonPad.” It allows the saving of DRA files, if your edition of Dragon supports this feature.


"DragonTemplates" are a special kind of "Text-and-Graphics" custom commands in Dragon, offering a simple way to paste a "template" whose content contains fillable fields. You can create them in Dragon's MyCommands Editor, by adding fillable fields in the Content. By default, each fillable field appears between square brackets as "[default value]". To navigate a DragonTemplate's fields, you can select the desired Field by hand, or use voice commands. (Available in editions Professional and higher).

Full Text Control indicator

The green checkmark icon that appears next to the volume meter on the DragonBar. When the insertion point (cursor) is in a text field where all of Dragon’s text capabilities are available (including commands that quote from the text, such as “correct <xyz>”, “delete <xyz>”, and “insert before <xyz>”), this indicator is green; otherwise, it is dimmed. In Microsoft Word or DragonPad, for instance, Dragon has Full Text Control. (In earlier versions of Dragon, Full Text Control was called “Select-and-Say” and its indicator was a ball instead of a checkmark.)

Global Commands

Commands that Dragon can recognize at any time, no matter what application is currently active on your screen. There are many global commands, including “microphone off”, “edit vocabulary”, “check audio”, “search Dragon Help for…” (in Dragon 11), “search Wikipedia for…”, “search maps for…”, and “create an email about… Global commands are grouped together in the Command Browser (see the Command Browser’s “Context” list.) If your edition of Dragon supports custom commands: for each custom command, you can choose whether it will be a global command or it will be available only when a particular application has the focus.

Hidden Mode (Dragon Medical only)

A unique recognition mode available in Dragon Medical only. It causes Dragon to send all recognized text to the Dictation Box, which is active but hidden. All recognized text is added to the Dictation Box, regardless of the cursor location. Hidden Mode is often used by healthcare providers who are dictating medical reports to be sent to a medical transcriptionist/editor.

Non-standard text field

With an application, an editable field which is built in such a way that it cannot support all of Dragon's text-related capabilities. When the insertion point is in such a text field, Dragon may not always be able to perform its usual automatic spacing and capitalization (such as capitalizing the first word) and the DragonBar’s Full Text Control icon is dimmed. In fields where Dragon has only Basic Text Control, you may wish to say "Cap" when you want to ensure initial capitalization, and "Spacebar" when you want to add a white space. This is what many users do; others like to bring up the "Dictation Box", where text can be dictated and edited with Full Text Control before it is transferred.


Technology included in Dragon to help it identify and ignore sounds that users don't normally intend to include in their dictation, like "ums" and "ahs".

Numbers Mode

Numbers Mode is one of Dragon's restricted recognition modes: it causes Dragon to recognize only numbers, commands, and punctuation. If you are dictating only numbers (including currencies), working in this mode increases recognition accuracy and speed. Say "Start Numbers Mode."

Performance Assistant

A resource included in the Help menu to offer suggestions for optimizing Dragon's speed on your computer, depending on your needs. As you read questions about how you normally use Dragon and click or say the corresponding link, you will see specific suggestions.

Press <key> command

The command that lets you simulate the pressing of one or more keys on your keyboard: you can say "Press," "Press Key," or "Type" followed immediately by the key(s) you want to press. For example, "Press Escape", "Press F9", "Press Enter" or "Press Alt Down".

Quick Voice Formatting commands

Commands that let you perform frequent editing tasks by naming what you want to target: just like you can quote from your text in the commands “select<xyz>” and “select <start> through <end>”, you can say the verbs “bold”, “underline”, “italicize” and “capitalize” immediately followed by the desired word(s) or range of words. This also applies to “copy”, as well as “delete” and “cut” (these three can be disabled in the Commands tab of the Options dialog.) For example, instead of saying "select Joe arrived yesterday " [pause] "delete that" [pause] and "end of paragraph", you can say "delete Voice Formatting."

These commands were introduced in Version 10.

Recognition Modes

By default, Dragon distinguishes dictation from commands by analyzing what it hears between pauses: this is the Normal recognition mode. (Note that Dragon first tries to interpret each utterance as a command; see the workbook on this including how to prevent Dragon from interpreting as commands utterances you intended as dictation.)

There may be times when you wish to do a special kind of dictation, giving only commands, or only dictation, or entering many numbers or characters in a row (when inputting figures or product codes into a database, for instance). To help with these situations, Dragon offers restricted recognition modes, and lets you switch between them by voice or via the DragonBar. (See Command Mode, Dictation Mode, Numbers Mode, and Spell Mode, as well as the Spell command.)

Results display

In Dragon 10 and prior, as you dictated, Dragon displayed the Results Box, a small yellow box that filled up with text as Dragon drafted what to transcribe. As soon as you paused, Dragon finished processing your utterance and entered text at the location of your cursor – or executed the command if it recognized a command.

In Dragon 11, Dragon no longer displays its preliminary recognition results. As you dictate, it simply displays a small Dragon icon, with "rolling lines" around it to indicate progress. This simpler display is meant to avoid distraction, which often results in halting speech. (For best accuracy, Dragon uses context, so it's important to dictate as fluently as possible.) Dragon 11 only shows the Results Box when it has recognized a command.

Note: You can change the default behavior of the Results display via Dragon's Options dialog. Many users find it useful to "anchor" it in a place they find unobtrusive, such as the bottom right of the screen (in the View tab of the Options dialog, choose Anchor, then close the Options dialog; the next time you see the Results display, you can drag it to a location of your choice and Dragon will keep it there until you move it.)

Say What You See

"Say What You See" means that you can say whatever commands you see labeled on your screen to control applications by voice. For example, you can say the names of menus, menu commands, or items in a dialog box. To open a menu called Insert, you would say "Insert" or “Click Insert”; you could then say the name of any of this menu’s items. Another example is the ability to open a desktop item (a folder, for instance), by saying "open" followed immediately by its name.


A dictation source is an audio input associated with a User Profile: a Bluetooth wireless microphone or a digital recorder, for instance. The higher editions of Dragon let you use several dictation sources for the same user profile, so that you can benefit from all your vocabulary personalizations and corrections (including added words, phrases, spoken forms, and Word Properties) regardless of what device you are using.

Spell Mode

The Spell Mode is one of Dragon's restricted recognition modes: it’s useful for dictating character sequences which don't form pronounceable words, as is often the case for part numbers, license plate numbers, codes, email addresses or Web addresses. (It's also useful for spelling out terms which you anticipate Dragon won't know, such as words in a foreign language or unusual product names.) In Spell Mode, Dragon recognizes any combination of letters, digits, or symbols. You can also say keystrokes such as spacebar or backspace.. Note: If you need to dictate a sequence of characters in the middle of normal dictation, the Spell command is usually faster than switching in and out of Spell mode. (While in Normal Mode, pause briefly, then say “Spell” immediately followed by the desired sequence of characters –digits, letters, symbols, and space or spacebar ).

User Profile

A set of files created the first time one uses Dragon, and subsequently used by the software to reflect your characteristics as a “dictator” and to adapt to your usage. Each person who uses Dragon must have a User profile, which the software keeps in a set of files including acoustic and lexical data (how you sound, what words you use, and how frequently you use them). When you add a personalization to the Vocabulary, correct a misrecognition, read a training text, or change a setting in the Options dialog, Dragon can save these refinements into your User profile.


What you say between two pauses. Utterances can be quite long if you are able to dictate continuously without taking a breath. An utterance can be intended as a command, or as something to be transcribed on the screen. Note: You can act on your last utterances by saying commands such as “scratch that” and “scratch that n times”. (See also the command “resume with…”, which can save time when you want to cancel what you just dictated and resume dictating after a particular word on your screen.)

Word Properties

Word Properties are various settings that can be associated with individual vocabulary entries (words, phrases, punctuation marks, dictation commands...) They are visible and editable via the Properties button of the Vocabulary Editor. By default, for instance, the question mark and exclamation mark have the properties of having no preceding space and triggering capitalization of the following word. Some users like to change the default property of the dictation command "New Line", so that it triggers capitalization of the following word.

Another kind of property you can set is alternate written forms: for instance, you may want the word "figure" to be written as "Fig." when spoken before a number, so that Dragon would write "Fig. 5" instead of "figure five".