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About Dictating Text to Word with NaturallySpeaking

By Stephanie Diamond

The simplest way to think about dictating with Natural Language Commands is that you can work with your favorite documents in their natural settings. Word and WordPerfect have similar commands, so most of the examples will work for both.

Here are a few points to remember about dictating:

  • Don’t panic if Undo That doesn’t seem to completely restore an error. Speak the command again. You may have to repeat the command several times to restore things as they were.

    Many NaturallySpeaking commands are actually multiple commands as far as your word processor is concerned. Undo That only undoes one Word or WordPerfect command at a time.

  • NaturallySpeaking’s idea of a paragraph isn’t exactly the same as Word’s or WordPerfect’s idea. When you create a paragraph with the New Paragraph command, NaturallySpeaking (in effect) presses the Enter key twice. That action creates two paragraphs! (In Word, click the Paragraph [¶] button on the toolbar to see the paragraph marks.) To get a single Word or WordPerfect paragraph, you must use the command New Line.

  • After a New Paragraph command, Dragon capitalizes the first letter of the next sentence. After a New Line command, Dragon does the same, but only if the last sentence ended in a period or question mark.