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Choose Writer for Documents

By Stephanie Diamond

Want an online suite of office products that you don’t have to license? If so, check out It is an open source program that includes a word processor called Writer and several other applications that resemble the MS Office suite.

People use it so they always have access to the most up-to-date version of the application. (Also, it’s free.) In Version 11.5 of NaturallySpeaking, Nuance has added commands that can be used directly with Writer 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3.

The following are some tips you should know if you want to use Writer with NaturallySpeaking:

  • With NaturallySpeaking version 11.5, Writer is a Full Text Control application. This means that you can create, edit, and format content.

    The only higher designation for dictation would be Natural Language Commands, as in Microsoft Word.

  • You can use the general navigation commands to edit when you dictate. For example: Go to, Select, Line up/ down, Page up/down.

  • You have a full range of familiar correction commands: Scratch that, Correct that, Correct <word>, Correct <x> through <y>

  • Formatting commands are available. For example, Bold/Italicize/Underline/Cap <x>.

  • When several instances of a word are present, Dragon will number all of them and enable you to either Choose all, or choose the one you want.