List New Contacts in Outlook with NaturallySpeaking

You can use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to manage your contact list in Outlook. As marketers like to say, “The money is in the list.” They usually mean your customer mailing list — but for many people, their contacts list is their customer mailing list.

In this context, a contact is not one of those clear round things that falls out of your eye during a basketball game. It’s a person you have contacted at some point in your life and created and stored his or her e-mail address (plus any other optional info you add).

Outlook handles contacts via the Contacts window. Open it by saying, “View Address Book.” As an added bonus, the Contacts menu is appended to the menu bar. Anything you want to do with your contacts list is handled by this menu. For example, to add a new contact, say, “Create new contact.” Outlook responds by displaying the New Contact dialog box.

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The New Contact window looks intimidating because it contains spaces for everything you may know about a person other than hat size. Nevertheless, the only field you have to fill out is Name.

Other than that, you can skip around, using the hotkeys to pick other fields to fill. For example, to skip to the Web Page textbox, say, “Press Alt W.” The New Contact window begins with the General tab on top. To switch to another tab, say, “Press control tab.”

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