US ER'S GUIDE
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August 2000. Version 5. Professional, Preferred, and Standard editions.
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About This Guide v
CHAPT ER 1
Introducing Dragon NaturallySpeaking 1
What's new in version 5?
What should I expect from Dragon NaturallySpeaking?
Do I still need my mouse and keyboard?
CHAPT ER 2
Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking Successfully 9
How Dragon NaturallySpeaking works
Seven habits for success with Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Positioning your microphone correctly
Speaking properly to the computer
Correcting recognition mistakes
Playing back your dictation
CHAPT ER 3
Improving Your Speech Recognition 31
Working with the Dragon NaturallySpeaking vocabulary
Quick and easy ways to add new words
Advanced tools for building and editing vocabularies
Training Dragon NaturallySpeaking to recognize problem words
Running General Training again
CHAPT ER 4
Dictating Names, Numbers & Punctuation 65
Dictating names of people, places, and events
Dictating abbreviations and acronyms
Dictating hyphenated words
Dictating compound words
Dictating words that end with 's
Dictating e-mail and Web addresses
Dictating special characters
Dictating foreign words
CH APT E R 5
Editing and Revising Text 87
Moving around in a document
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Copying, cutting, and pasting text
CHAPT ER 6
Working With Your Desktop and Windows 103
Opening documents and folders
Switching between open windows
Copying text to other programs
Opening and closing menus
Selecting buttons, tabs, and options
Selecting icons on the desktop
Resizing and closing windows
Scrolling in windows and list boxes
Pressing keyboard keys
Moving the mouse pointer and clicking the mouse
CHAPT ER 7
Working With E-Mail and the Web 119
Working with E-mail
Working with Internet Explorer
CHAPT ER 8
Managing Users 131
Creating a new user
Opening a user
Renaming a user
Deleting a user
Backing up a user
Restoring a backup copy of a user
CHAPT ER 9
Creating Your Own Dragon NaturallySpeaking Commands 139
About voice commands
Creating and editing voice commands
Importing and deleting command files
APPEN D IX A
Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking With a Portable Recorder 153
Installing recorder software
APPEN D IX B
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 5 Commands List 171
IND E X
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Dragon NaturallySpeaking User's Guide
About This Guide
elcome to Dragon NaturallySpeaking®, one of the world's most
widely acclaimed speech-recognition products. Dragon
NaturallySpeaking lets you talk to your computer instead of typing. It
also lets you use your voice to control your computer in other ways.
This guide provides detailed information that will help you get the most
out of using the program. It also explains how to ensure that Dragon
NaturallySpeaking will recognize your speech accurately. Before using
this guide, we recommend that you read the Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Quick Start guide and view the online Tutorial.
This guide covers multiple editions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
Where information applies to certain editions only, this is clearly noted.
Conventions used in this guide
This user's guide contains many examples of words and phrases you can
say when using Dragon NaturallySpeaking. These examples usually
appear in italics with quotation marks, for instance: "Scratch That."
Some procedures also include sample text for you to dictate. Sample text
appears in a different typeface, with punctuation in square brackets. For
US/Canada: When talking to a computer [comma] try to say every word
clearly without trailing off at the end of a sentence [period]
Other Dialects: When talking to a computer [comma] try to say every
word clearly without trailing off at the end of a sentence [full stop]
This guide covers the five dialects of English that ship with Dragon
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