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How To Cut, Paste, and Undo in NaturallySpeaking

By Stephanie Diamond

Editing a document involves using NaturallySpeaking several activities: inserting new text, deleting text, replacing text by dictating over it, and rearranging the document by cutting text from one place and pasting it into another. You can do your editing by voice if you prefer.

Cutting and pasting by voice

To cut or copy text from a document, select it (using the techniques from the “Selecting text” section earlier in this chapter) and then say either “Cut That” or “Copy That.” To copy the entire document (which is useful if you like to compose in the NaturallySpeaking DragonPad or Dictation Box and then paste the results into an application), say, “Copy All to Clipboard.”

If something is on the clipboard, you can paste it into your document by saying “Paste That.”

Just undo it

Sometimes the result of editing or dictating something isn’t what you pictured. All is not lost; you can still undo it. Just say, “Undo That” or “Undo Last Action.” These two commands are equivalent.

In the NaturallySpeaking window, Undo That is like flipping a switch: If you say it twice, you wind up back where you started. In other words, the second Undo That undoes the first Undo That. When you use NaturallySpeaking with other applications, what you get varies from one application to another. In some applications, saying Undo That twice undoes the application’s last two actions.

What Undo That actually does is type a Ctrl+Z. Different applications handle a Ctrl+Z in different ways, which is why they respond to Undo That differently.