The staff at the ATAC has compiled this brief user guide covering the most frequently used functions in Dragon NaturallySpeaking. If you need further assistance, please Contact Us.
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- Get Dragon NaturallySpeaking on the IU Bloomington Campus
- Getting Started
- Dictating Text
- Correcting Text
- Formatting Text
- Deleting Text
- Voice Control of Dragon NaturallySpeaking
- Copying Text to Other Applications
- Having Text Read Back
- Other Information
User Guide Sections
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- The microphone should be at the back corner of the users mouth.
- It should be positioned approximately a thumb width away from the face.
- When speaking into the microphone during the training exercises speak as you will be speaking during your dictation periods. Allow the program to adjust to your natural speech patterns.
As explained in the introductory section, Dragon NaturallySpeaking interprets the users voice and transcribes it onto the word processing page. Following the initial training and configuration with Dragon, the user is advised to take part in an additional training session. The importance of taking part in this training session cannot be stressed enough. The more familiar with a users voice the program becomes, the easier it is for that user to navigate the program and correspondingly dictate text. Whe n dictating it is also possible to control the location of the cursor and to format text into the desired layout. These commands will be discussed further through, for now it is enough to know that in order to break from dictation and give a command, a user must only pause for a second or two, and then give the command. It can all be accomplished without the user ever moving toward the keyboard. It is also advised that the user pause for a second following a command.Back to top of page
Dictating numbers is also easily accomplished, if the user follows the guides below. Numbers 1-100 can be stated by name. Numbers 101-999 must be dictated as follows: 186 (one eighty-six) or 654 (six fifty-four). Larger numbers must be broken down slightly more. 534, 786 would be dictated as five three four comma seven eight six. Dates are simply entered by dictating the month followed by day, the word comma and then the year (dictated in the manner prescribed above for larger numbers.) T here are also a number of symbols available for dictation. As follows is a list of common symbols followed by their dictation command. A more complete listing exists in the On-line Help file which exists within the application.
- @ - - - at sign
- $ - - - dollar sign
- # - - - pound sign
- % - - - percent sign
- + - - - plus sign
- - - - - minus sign
- & - - - ampersand
- * - - - asterisk
- :-( - - - frowny face
- :-) - - - smiley face
As you begin to dictate you1ll no doubt notice a small yellow box which appears on your dictation screen. This is the Results Box. This box is used to display text before it is actually put into the document. In other words, as you dictate this box disp lays it1s interpretations of your words before putting them into the document. This box is fully moveable by the user and should be put in a place that is comfortable.Back to top of page
When dictated text does not match the output on the screen, giving the Correct command should solve all problems. When the erroneous text is highlighted, the corresponding dialogue box offers a listing of ten possible substitute words which the applicati on decided against when choosing which word to display on screen. More possible substitute words exist, and the user can command the application to move down ten if the desired correction is not listed among the preliminary ten options. Nine time s out of ten though the word meant to be put on screen by the user is one of the first two on the list. When this is the case, the user may simply tell the application number two and it will replace the selected phrase with the contents following number two (or whatever number it is that the user selects.) It is also possible to navigate the possible replacement choices with the arrow keys. Also, if the correct option does not exist among the choices of alternatives, the user can choose a nearly correct item and then edit it in the text editing box. The user can also play back the recorded speech in order to verify that the words spoken match the words desired.
In the correction dialogue box, it is possible that the corrected text the user desires does not appear. In this case, the user can use the keyboard to type in the desired text. As this action ensues, the list of correction options updates itself in ord er to come closer to the word or phrase being entered by the user. If at some point during this process the user sees the desired word or phrase he can select it through the method described above.
After a correction, it may be wise to take a minute and allow the program to train with you on the words in question. This ensures that the program remembers and adapts to the users1 pronunciation of a particular word or phrase. In order to do this, mak e sure that the word or phrase you wish to train on is in the correction box and click the train button. Following this, the user should go along wit the training instructions provided on screen by the application. In cases like this, the program usually has you train both the corrected word, and the mistaken word, so that it can better grasp the users pronunciation of both words, alleviating the problem of misinterpretation in the future.
If following a recognition error, the user finds that this error has occurred a few other times through the document, he may simply command the program to select again and it will go through the document and find all other instances of this word, a llowing the user to quickly pinpoint and fix any other potential errors. This action can be repeated indefinitely.Back to top of page
To apply - - - - - Say
- Initial Caps - - - - - Cap That
- All Uppercase - - - - - All Cap That
- All Lowercase - - - - -No Cap That
- Bold - - - - - Bold That
- Italics - - - - - Italicize That
- Underline - - - - - Underline That
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Two notes of warning:
- If more than one application is running, things can get rather sticky, with windows not wanted by the user popping up.
- Dictating into Dragon is only possible when it is the active window. It is not possible to dictate if the application is buried under a pile of other windows.
- Say Copy All to Clipboard
- Open the other application
- Say Switch to Previous Window or Switch to NaturallySpeaking as needed.
- Say Paste That
- Say Switch to NaturallySpeaking
- Read Line
- Read Paragraph
- Read Document
- Read Window
- Read to Here
- Read from Here
In order to stop playback the user should push the stop playback button on the toolbar or hit the ESC key. Since the machine is reading and info cannot be received during input voice commands are not recognized. Holding down the right mouse b utton also brings up a menu of text-to speech commands. Also, in the Options dialogue box it is possible for the user to set the pitch, tone and speed at which the machine reads back text.Back to top of page Contact the ATAC or contact Dragon directly at http://www.scansoft.com/naturallyspeaking/.
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