Go to the Head of the Line in NaturallySpeaking

By Stephanie Diamond

Like telling your cab driver to go to the end of a street, you can tell NaturallySpeaking to go the beginning or end of the document, current paragraph, current line, or whatever block of text is selected. (The current line or paragraph is the line or paragraph where the cursor is now.)

The simplest destination commands are

  • “Go To Bottom,” which moves the cursor to the end of the document

  • “Go To Top,” which moves the cursor to the beginning of the document

  • “Go To Top (or Bottom) of Paragraph (or Line or Selection)

NaturallySpeaking understands a number of synonyms for these commands. In particular, you can use Move To instead of Go To as long as you specify the chunk of text you’re moving within. Begin with Move To and then use Start, Beginning, or End, and then specify a Line, Paragraph, Selection, or Document.

Sometimes NaturallySpeaking understands one form of a command more consistently than another. For example, when you say, “Go To,” it often gets interpreted as “due to,” “do to,” or “good.” You could eventually train NaturallySpeaking to recognize your pronunciation of “Go To,” but you may find it easier just to say, “Move To” instead.

Sometimes you want to put the cursor right smack in the middle of a block of text on your screen, not near the beginning or end of anything. And you’d rather not count lines or words or characters. You’d like to tell NaturallySpeaking to put the cursor after this phrase or before that one.

You want the Insert command. Suppose you dictated, “She sells seashells by the sea shore,” and you want to put the cursor between “sells” and “seashells.” You can say,

  • “Insert After sells or

  • “Insert Before seashells

Each of these commands accomplishes the same result.

If the words “sells” and “seashells” appear in several locations, you will see all the instances numbered. You can choose the one you want.

If text is already selected, you can move the cursor to the beginning or the end of the selected text by using the commands Insert Before That or Insert After That. These commands are equivalent to Go To Beginning of Selection and Go To End of Selection, respectively.