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Dragon Professional Individual For Dummies

Author:
Stephanie Diamond
Published: January 5, 2016

Overview

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.

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.

Dragon Professional Individual For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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

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:

  1. Click Next.

    Choose from the options presented by selecting the check boxes.

  2. Click Next again.

    The emails are analyzed.

  3. Click Next one more time.

    Any new words will be displayed for you to train.

  4. Click Finish.

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

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

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.