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How to Use the Word-Processor NaturallySpeaking DragonPad

Even if you have never used DragonPad, if you have used any word processor, you’ll find all the choices on the NaturallySpeaking menus and toolbars very familiar (except for the speech-related choices). But just in case you aren’t familiar, following are the details.

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Use the NaturallySpeaking menu bar and toolbar buttons as you would in any Windows program. As with most Windows toolbars, pause your mouse cursor over a button to see the button’s name or function.

Because you’re running NaturallySpeaking, you can also choose items on the menu bar by using voice commands (as you can in nearly any other application, too). To choose from the menu bar, follow these steps:

  1. Use the verbal command, “Click <menu text>.”

    By <menu text>, this is anything listed on the menu bar, such as File, Edit, or Format.

  2. Choose an item from the menu that appears by saying its name.

    If you want consistency in your commands, you can instead say “Click” and then its name. For instance, you can say, “Click File” and then say, “Save.”

In version 12 of NaturallySpeaking, you can have more control over when you need to say Click.” To change your options, go to Tools→Options. See the check boxes “Require Click to select menus” and “Require click to select buttons and other controls” and make your choices. If you’re just getting started and aren’t sure how you’d like to use these controls, leave them selected. You can always return later.

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