The User Guide, which covers all product editions, provides details about installation, optional settings, voice commands and dictation of different types of text. The guide also includes tips and notes to help you use the software more effectively.
Make sure you also take advantage of our illustrated workbook. For the latest technical details, please see the KnowledgeBase.
Bluetooth Wireless Headset Guides
- We recommend plugging the Bluetooth microphone’s dongle (wireless adaptor) into your computer before you open Dragon.
- While the Calisto II's headset is charging, its indicator light glows solid red, but once the headset is fully charged, this light goes off.
- The headset does not automatically power on. Once the headset is charged and paired to its dongle, you must power it up by holding its button for about six seconds (it then emits 4 ascending beeps), then pressing it for 1 second to activate its radio link to its dongle
Quick Start Cards
The Quick Start Card helps you quickly install and activate Dragon.
The User Workbook provides explanations, examples and illustrations, as well as step-by-step instructions and practice exercises to help you make the most of your investment in Dragon.
The Dragon Command Guide provides a two-page list of the most commonly used voice commands so that you can control your PC and individual applications by voice.
Dragon for the PC
These free, on-demand videos offer tips and guidance for both new and experienced Dragon users. For more videos, visit our Feature Demos page and our YouTube channel.
- Title: How to Install Dragon NaturallySpeaking Software Update
- This video walks you through a software update to Dragon NaturallySpeaking, including milestones during installation and important reminders for the process to be successful.
- Title: Installing Dragon NaturallySpeaking
- This video covers the installation process, as the software walks you through a series of screens. This includes activation,which is a short, anonymous step.
- Title: Using the Calisto II Bluetooth wireless microphone with Dragon
- The Calisto II is a Bluetooth microphone made by Plantronics for use with Dragon. This video includes how to charge and power up the headset, as well as how to turn on the connection to its USB wireless adapter. It also covers how to check the “recording device” settings in the Windows Control Panel.
- Title: Using the "original" Calisto wireless microphone with Dragon
- NOTE: The Premium/Preferred and higher editions of Dragon support the use of Bluetooth.
- Title: Creating a User Profile
- To keep all the data it needs to best work with each individual, Dragon uses a set of files which together form a User Profile. This video shows how to create a User Profile that best reflects your voice, audio environment and audio input device(s). It also introduces important tools that Dragon can use to quickly learn how to best recognise what you dictate.
- Title: Moving the Insertion Point within Editable Text
- This video illustrates how to navigate to the top or bottom of a document, move within or between lines and paragraphs and move by 1 to 20 characters, words or lines – as well as how to go to a particular word or phrase (the “Insert Before|After…” and “Select…” commands). For details and practice exercises on editing and formatting, please see our workbook.
- Title: Using a Digital Recorder with Dragon – Overview
- This video provides a basic overview of portable transcription, including tips to “enroll” your recorder and dictate into it with best results. For details, please see our recorder guide.
- Title: Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking with Email
- In addition to dictating, Dragon can be used for many email-related actions such as opening, replying to, forwarding and deleting messages. This video includes launching the default email program, checking for new mail and creating a new message, and uses Microsoft Outlook Express as an example.
editionEditions “Professional” and above
- This video covers the creation of custom commands of the type “Text-and-Graphics”, which lets you pre-define content for Dragon to enter whenever you utter the command. This “boilerplate” can include graphics (logos, maps, signatures, etc.) as well as blank lines and formatting. Simple to create, these commands can quickly add to the benefits of dictating: speed, convenience, consistency, etc..
- Note: "Text-and-Graphics" commands are available in "Preferred" and higher editions.
Note: Once the video opens, you can use its menu to jump to particular sections and its icons at the bottom to pause, maximise the screen, etc.