Control Paragraph Spacing in NaturallySpeaking

By Stephanie Diamond

Dragon NaturallySpeaking automatically does some word, sentence, and paragraph spacing. You can control that spacing, or add space of your own. Understanding a letter or other document depends not only on the words but on the spaces between the words as well. Getting your document spaced out is relatively easy.

NaturallySpeaking has two commands that you can say to create the space that divides paragraphs: “New Paragraph” and “New Line.” What’s the difference?

  • “New Paragraph” puts a blank line between paragraphs. It is like pressing the Enter key twice: It inserts two paragraph marks (invisible) into your text. It also makes sure that the first word of the next sentence is capitalized.

  • “New Line” does not put a blank line between paragraphs. It is like pressing the Enter key once. The next line isn’t capitalized unless you ended the last line with a period, question mark, or exclamation point.

Dragon’s way of doing the “New Paragraph” command might cause a problem for you if you are going to use any kind of paragraph formatting (such as bullets or, in Word, paragraph spacing). It’s better to use the “New Line” command instead. Otherwise, in many instances, you double the effect of the paragraph formatting: You get two bullets or twice the spacing you intended, for example.

What if you want to actually type the words “new paragraph” instead of creating a new paragraph? Put a pause between the two words: “new” [pause] “paragraph.”