How to Create and Manage E-Mails with NaturallySpeaking
Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking to command your e-mail application is an effective way to be more productive. As you contemplate using NaturallySpeaking to send your e-mails, keep in mind these general recommendations that apply to most e-mail programs:
Check your previous e-mails: Make sure you let NaturallySpeaking look at your previously sent e-mails before you send your next new e-mail. Your NaturallySpeaking assistant looks at your e-mail files to familiarize itself with e-mail addresses. To run this process, choose Vocabulary→Learn from Sent E-Mails on the DragonBar to enable NaturallySpeaking to look at them.
Use the Dictation Box: If you have trouble dictating into your e-mail program, use the Dictation Box and then transfer the dictation back into the e-mail window. With your e-mail program open, access the Dictation Box by choosing Tools→Dictation Box on the DragonBar.
Know common e-mail commands: Several commands work with most e-mail programs. Familiarize yourself with them before you start. Check the Command browser to see what other commands you can use. To do this go to Tools→Command Browser and use the Context pull-down menu to access specific program commands. Many commands are specific to Microsoft Outlook.
Use the Sidebar and Help files: You can always get immediate help while you dictate your e-mails. Say, What can I say? to bring up the Sidebar. You can also say, Give me help. There is no need to become frustrated trying to think of the right commands when help is almost literally on the tip of your tongue.
Format e-mail addresses: You can make choices about how your e-mail and web addresses are formatted. Go to Tools→Auto-Formatting Options on the DragonBar and choose your preferences.
Add e-mail addresses: If you frequently use a particular e-mail or web address, you can add it to your vocabulary like you do other non-words. Otherwise, you can say an address, such as firstname.lastname@example.org, much like you would in conversation.
Make sure everything is lowercase by saying, No Caps On, and then say the e-mail address. Then say, No Caps Off. For the address itself (email@example.com, for instance), say, [person's name] at company dot com.
Saying web addresses: Speak a web address in the form, w w w dot company dot com. For a full address (such as http://www.company.com) say, h t t p w w w dot company dot com. Don't mention the colon or slashes.
NaturallySpeaking adds the colon and slashes and recognizes the terms com, gov, mil, net, org, and sys just as you normally say them. If you prefer, you can verbally spell those terms letter by letter.
NaturallySpeaking works only with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox when you use a browser with your e-mail application.
If NaturallySpeaking insists on capitalizing the www portion of a web address, correct the capitalization by using the Correction dialog box. (NaturallySpeaking has an obsession about capitalizing initials.) Or say, No Caps," then, without pausing, speak the address. To absolutely, completely suppress all capitals within the address, say, No Caps On No Caps w w w dot whatever dot com No Caps Off.
|To Do This:||Say This:|
|Launch <program name>||Start Microsoft Outlook|
|Open your inbox||Go to inbox|
|Look at new mail||Check for new mail|
|Move to next e-mail||View next unread message|
|Send e-mail||Send message|
|Close e-mail||Close all items|
|Mark message to follow up||Flag message for follow-up|
|Open with e-mail address||Send e-mail to <person’s name>|
|Add a file(s) to e-mail||Attach a file|
|Launch spell check||Check spelling|
|Print e-mail||Print mail|
|Reply to everyone in message list||Reply to all|
You can substitute message, memo, or e-mail for the word "mail."