After you have installed NaturallySpeaking on a computer with all the necessary system requirements and performed the initial training, you're on the road to a beautiful friendship with your assistant. Take the following steps.

  1. Launch NaturallySpeaking by Choosing Start→Programs→Dragon NaturallySpeaking13.

    You can use Dragon NaturallySpeaking with a large number of applications. If you intend to use NaturallySpeaking with another application, launch that application at this point, too.

  2. Put on your headset, and make sure the microphone is positioned as it was during initial training.

    The microphone should be positioned about a half-inch away from one corner of your mouth, off to the side. It should never be directly in front of your mouth.

  3. Turn on the microphone.

    The microphone icon in the system tray needs to be pointing up at attention, not lying down relaxing, in order for you to dictate. If the icon is lying down, click it or press the + key on your keyboard's numeric keypad. You can also click it on the upper-left corner in the DragonBar.

    The microphone icon in the toolbar of the NaturallySpeaking DragonBar works exactly the same way as the icon in the system tray. Make sure one of these is open and ready for you to dictate.

  4. Click where you want the text to go if the cursor isn't already there.

    Or select (highlight) text that you want to replace with dictated text.

  5. Speak carefully, just as you did when you read the text aloud to NaturallySpeaking during the initial training.

    Don't rush, and don't speak the words with . . . spaces . . . between . . . them.

    As you speak, NaturallySpeaking shows you your dictation.