In this topic, learn how to use your voice to:
- Select text
- Replace existing text
- Insert text
- Delete text
- Copy, cut and paste text
These Dictation mode commands are designed for basic text editing – to correct your own errors or to modify what you dictated.
If what you dictated was not correctly recognized by Dragon, use Correction to improve future recognition. See Using Correction for more information.
When using fully supported applications, such as TextEdit or Microsoft Word 2011 or 2016, you can edit your text manually using your keyboard and mouse if you prefer. If you are using a different application, see Mixing dictation with typing for information on how to avoid errors caused by mixing dictation and typing.
Dragon defines a "phrase" based on how it detects pauses in your speech.
When you specify a word to select (Select <text>), Dragon selects the nearest instance, based on the location of the cursor. To move to a different instance of the word, say Select next / previous.
To delete the last thing you said
Say one of the following:
To delete a specific word or string of words
Copying, cutting and pasting text
To cut text
To copy text
To paste text