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Dragon Professional Individual For Dummies

By: Stephanie Diamond Published: 01-05-2016

Stop typing and get more done with Dragon Professional Individual voice recognition software

Tired of typing, but afraid to take the leap into voice recognition software? No problem! Dragon Professional Individual For Dummies, 5th Edition gives you a great overview of the industry-leading speech recognition software so you can start talking instead of typing in no time at all. With this easy-to-use guide, you'll quickly find out how to use Professional Individual to open documents, write emails and notes, update your Facebook status, and much more. The book includes everything you need to get started, from launching the software and basic dictating to controlling your desktop by voice, and tips for improving accuracy.

Available for both Windows and Mac, Dragon Professional Individual is the gold standard for home and professional voice recognition software. Easy to use and much more efficient than typing, the software can take your productivity to the next level.

  • Get an introduction to everything you'll need to know to get started with Dragon Professional Individual voice recognition software
  • Find out how to access documents, write emails, and even update your Facebook status with nothing more than your voice
  • Includes the most updated information on the latest version of the software
  • Offers information for programmers and developers who want to use the software for mobile app development

Dragon Professional Individual For Dummies, 5th Edition is your go-to resource to get up and running with this great voice recognition software in no time.

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Dragon Professional Individual For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 03-08-2022

Dragon Professional Individual puts you in control of your computer with the sound of your voice. You can dictate messages, browse the Web, and control popular applications. Here's the straight scoop to take charge of your system with Dragon Professional Individual.

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How to Build Dragon Professional Individual Vocabulary from Sent Emails

Article / Updated 03-31-2017

Analyzing emails is one way for your Dragon Professional Individual assistant to build your vocabulary. This process helps in two ways. It learns from the style of your emails and it can automatically add email addresses you currently use. It works with Microsoft Outlook, Outlook.com, Lotus Notes, Gmail, Yahoo!, and Windows Live Mail. From the Accuracy Center, click Learn from Sent Emails or go to Vocabulary→Learn from Sent Emails from the DragonBar. The Learn from Sent Emails Wizard appears, as shown here. The Learn from Sent Emails Wizard. Follow these steps to complete the process: Click Next. Choose from the options presented by selecting the check boxes. Click Next again. The emails are analyzed. Click Next one more time. Any new words will be displayed for you to train. Click Finish.

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How to Add an Auto Text Command to Dragon Professional Individual

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Nuance has added a great new feature that will make you even more productive when using your Dragon Professional Individual commands. It's the ability to use a variable in your auto-text command. So how can you use it? After you create a new command and dictate its contents so that you don't have to retype the same text over and over, you can put a variable in an auto-text command and use it on the fly. You can use this function to do such tasks as fill out specific fields in form letters or invoices. Follow these steps:

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How to Clone a Dragon Professional Individual Command

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

When cloning commands, the Command Browser in Dragon Professional Individual is a bit different from the Command Editor. Instead of dictating information, you select the command name from a list. To launch the Command Browser, do the following:

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The Dragon Professional Individual Community

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Through Internet media, you can find out what problems other users are having with Dragon Professional Individual; ask questions of your own; answer other users' questions; share experiences; commiserate; and speculate about the motivations, intelligence, and personal hygiene of the people who wrote whatever part of Dragon Professional Individual you're currently having trouble with. Information you get on the Internet — especially from other users — comes without warranty. The vast majority of the users who post messages and comments are well-meaning people who just want to help, and a few of them are downright brilliant. But you should only trust them to the extent that they are making sense. You have no way to verify that they know what they're talking about, so caveat emptor.

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Do You Have an Audio Input Problem in Dragon Professional Individual?

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

If Dragon Professional Individual misinterprets lots of words, your second thought is probably, "Something's wrong with my microphone or sound card." (Your first thought is probably uncharitable toward your new assistant. Shame on you.) Dragon Professional Individual may be messing up for lots of reasons, however. As with a puppy that messes up, one reason may be inadequate training. Before you go looking for an audio input problem, make sure you have done some additional training. One symptom of a need for additional training or vocabulary building is that Dragon Professional Individual makes the same error repeatedly: "cheese" for "trees," for instance. If, however, Dragon Professional Individual gives you different text each time you say the same thing ("wheeze," "sneeze," and "breeze" for "trees"), you may have an audio input problem. One dead-simple way to test for serious audio input problems is to listen to your PC play back your voice. You can use a Nuance-approved sound recorder, if you have one, or you can use the Windows Sound Recorder: For Windows 7, access the Sound Recorder by choosing Start→Control Panel→Sound→Recorder tab. Click the red-dot button in Sound Recorder and speak into the microphone to record. Click the red-dot button to stop and save the recording to a location of your choice. For Windows 8, access the Sound Recorder by going to Search on the Charms bar and typing Sound Recorder. The recorder appears on the left side. Click it to show the recorder. To record, click the red-dot button in Sound Recorder and speak into the microphone to record. Click the red button to stop and save the recording to a location of your choice. For Windows 10, access the Sound Recorder by going to All Apps and then clicking Voice Recorder. A screen opens with a microphone. Click the microphone to start and then click again to stop, and save the recording to a location of your choice. The most common cause of recognition errors is muttering through your coffee cup, or otherwise not speaking clearly. Does your diction qualify you for the British Broadcasting Company?

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How to Get Dragon Individual Professional Help from Nuance

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Nuance offers many ways to help you learn how to use Dragon Professional Individual. You can ask questions on the support portal, call tech support and speak to an expert, and search the Nuance Knowledgebase for answers. Where to Find Nuance Communications, Inc. To Contact Them Try This Customer Service (Phone) 800-654-1187 Technical Support (Online) (Phone) Create email account for support 770-702-6014 Headquarters Address Phone Fax 1 Wayside Road, Burlington, MA 01803 781-565-5000 781-565-5001 Web www.nuance.com Murphy's Law dictates that companies will reorganize their websites as soon as anyone writes about them, so don't be terribly surprised if particular features of the Dragon website are in slightly different locations. (Odds are that the features are still there somewhere.) Nuance does a very good job of structuring its website, so if you look around, you should be able to find things, even if they've recently moved. To access the support portal, you need to set up a free account. From this account, you can register your products, access your stored serial numbers, send a message to the Technical Support department, learn about new Dragon products, or order upgrades. In general, the better you define your question, the more likely you are to get satisfaction from your email message. If you can say, "When I do this and that, I get such and such error message," the technical support staffers have a better chance to figure out what's wrong and give you a written answer. They also can do a good job with "How do I make Dragon Professional Individual do X?" questions. And questions like "Where can I find more about improving my accuracy?" can be easily handled in writing. For the first 90 days after you register your Dragon software, you get your questions answered free. After the 90-day warranty expires, there is a fee. In Dragon Professional Individual, you can also find a Technical Support link in the Help menu. To set up an online account and ask your first question, do the following: Click the Support link on the Nuance.com home page. Choose the Get Support link under the picture of Dragon NaturallySpeaking (this includes Dragon Professional Individual.) You are taken to Nuance's Tech Support page, which has a Customer Login button. Go to the Customer Login button on the Tech Support page to create your free account. Click the Customer Login button. You will be asked to create an account. Click the Create a New Account button. At the prompts, fill in your information. Click Submit. A screen appears that says you have created your account successfully and that you should check your email to validate the account. Go to your email and click the link. You are congratulated for setting up your account and there is a button for you to use if you haven't already registered Dragon Professional Individual. Repeat Steps 2 and 3. Then log in to your account where prompted. You are taken to the My Stuff area, where you see information about the products you registered. Click the Ask a Question link, and then click the Ask a Question link at the next screen. Fill in your question where prompted. You must have a valid serial number if you are asking about your specific situation. Click Continue until you have answered all the questions. You will arrive at a page that gives you a reference number for your question. Return to the My Stuff area and click the Notifications button to see the answer to your question. You will also receive an email (at the email address you put on your account) with the answer to your question. If you need to continue the conversation, there is a link to the My Stuff area for you to post a reply.

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How to Add Words to Dragon Professional Individual from Somebody Else's Documents

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Normally, you use your own documents to teach Dragon Professional Individual about your vocabulary. What can you do, however, for a subject that you have not written much about? Answer: Grab words from documents other people have written. The web, for example, is full of documents about nearly any subject you can name. The trick is to have Dragon Professional Individual pick up on the words, but not the writing style, of this other author (unless you intend to write just like him or her). To use someone else's documents, first you must get the documents! Dragon Professional Individual can read Microsoft Word or WordPerfect documents if you have Word or WordPerfect installed. It can also read plain text, RTF, and HTML documents. To get documents from the web, browse to the page you want, and then save the page as an HTML file. In Internet Explorer, for example, choose File→Save As, enter a filename in the dialog box that appears, and click Save. Use these documents in the Add Words from Documents box as you would any other documents. When you get to the Adapt to Writing Style check box, deselect it so your Dragon Professional Individual assistant won't assume that you write like that other writer.

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How to Import a List of Words in Dragon Professional Individual

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

If you're likely to use terms from some specialized vocabulary, you can make a list of such terms and give them to Dragon Professional Individual in one fell swoop. For example, Queen's Gambit Declined is the name of a chess opening. Each of the three words is surely already in the Dragon Professional Individual General English vocabulary, but Dragon Professional Individual doesn't know that these three words have a special capitalization pattern when they appear together. If you were to dictate documents about chess, you would want to include Queen's Gambit Declined on one line of your list. You can create a list and use the Import List of Words or Phrases box, as shown. The Import List of Words or Phrases box. Follow these steps: Create a text file in which each line is the written form of a vocabulary entry you want to add. At the end of any line where you want a different spoken form, add a backslash (/) and then the shorthand alias you want to speak. From the Accuracy Center, click the Import a List of Words or Phrases link or use the mouse or commands, and from the DragonBar go to Vocabulary→Import List of Words or Phrases. A screen pops up with the words "Import List of Words or Phrases." You also see the option to "Preview the list of unknown words." If you wish to do that, select the box. Click Next. You are asked to add the file. Click the Add File button. The file is analyzed. Click Finish. A Summary box shows you how many words were added to your vocabulary. A few wise ideas can save you time and trouble while adding words by using the Import method: Review the list of words to make sure they are real words that you really want. Don't add words that you use infrequently. This is especially true if they sound like some other word that you use often. Sometimes individual proper nouns that you want from a document are actually common words, except that their capitalization (or lack of capitalization) makes them special for you — a sports team named Bingo, for example, or an Internet domain that uses a person's name.

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How to Get Tech Support for Dragon Professional Individual on the Phone

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

If Dragon Professional Individual does something you really don't understand and have a tough time explaining, or if it does something seemingly simple but gives you no information to work with (like failing to install or refusing to respond), you need to talk to a tech support person on the phone. To determine what you will pay and the parameters under which you may call, go to Online Support. The first thing to understand about Nuance's costs for tech support calls is that they are structured to cost more if you don't first use the question-based system through your free account. Here are your options for speaking directly to a support person: 90-day product support warranty: Unlimited calls are free during the first 90 days after you register your product or set up your account. Post 90-day warranty: You pay a fee for this call, and the fee is higher if you don't use the online question-based system first. One version older than current or latest version released more than 2 years ago: Here again, you pay a fee for this call, and the fee is higher if you don't use the online question-based system first. Versions bundled with hardware or Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) release: You pay a fee for this call, and again, the fee is higher if you don't use the question-based system first. (Are you detecting a theme here?) Two versions prior to the latest version or one version prior to 2-year-old latest version: No support available. Trials and evaluations: No support available. Preparing before you call A conversation with Technical Support proceeds much more efficiently if you gather the significant information before you call. (Being well-organized has the added benefit of establishing that you are not a complete idiot and therefore that you may be facing a real problem.) You should also know what version of Dragon Professional Individual you have, both the release number (14, say) the edition and the serial number. This information displays from the DragonBar by choosing Help→About Dragon. Nuance has taken great pains to handle most system configurations seamlessly. Still, a percentage of the real problems people have with Dragon Professional Individual (as opposed to the apparent problems caused by using the product incorrectly) occur from mismatches between the user's hardware and the hardware Dragon had in mind when it created Dragon Professional Individual. For this reason, the technical support person will likely want to know the following information: Computer name and model: They're looking for an answer like Sony VAIO VGN-Z or HP Pavilion 792N. It's probably on the front of your computer somewhere. Processor type and RAM: If you aren't sure about what you have, right-click Computer from your Start menu and left-click Properties to display the System Properties dialog box. The processor type and RAM should be on the General tab. If you are using Windows 7, choose Start Menu→Control Panel→All Control Panel Items→System. Operating system: Windows 10, for example. Restart your computer and you can't miss it. Free hard drive space: Find your hard drive (C, usually) in either Computer or Windows Explorer. Right-click it and select Properties. On the General tab of the Properties dialog box, you'll find Free Space and some number of megabytes. On Windows 7, double-click the Computer icon and you'll see Free Space displayed for your C drive. Microphone name and model: The obvious place to look is on the microphone. Finding your product serial number The first thing that Nuance wants to establish when you call the technical support department is that you are a bona fide customer. This is why they ask for your product serial number. It isn't a fool proof method, but it does eliminate some of the abuse. You find it on the DVD sleeve or for downloads, it's in the email you received. During the call Take notes. In particular, write down any changes that the technical support person tells you to make. If these changes don't solve the problem (or at least make it better), you may want to undo them later. This likely will not be the case. Most often, tech support folks will swiftly and professionally handle the issue. A difficult problem can take more than one phone call to straighten out, and you may end up dealing with more than one person. This process goes much more smoothly if you can tell the current person you are talking to exactly what the previous person had you do. Take very good notes if you end up doing something to the Windows Registry. (You'll know because you start using a program called RegEdit.)

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