Control Spaces and Tabs in NaturallySpeaking - dummies

Control Spaces and Tabs in NaturallySpeaking

By Stephanie Diamond

Dragon NaturallySpeaking does a pretty good job of automatic spacing. It usually deals with spaces around punctuation in the way that you want it to. Occasionally, however, you will want to add a few spaces or a Tab character in your text.

Automatic spaces

NaturallySpeaking automatically puts spaces between your words. It looks at your punctuation to figure out the rest of the spacing. If, for some reason, you don’t want spaces between your words, speak the command “No-Space On,” speak your words, and then say, “No-Space Off.”

Or if you anticipate that NaturallySpeaking is about to precede your next word with a space that you don’t want, say, “No-Space” and then your next word, with no pauses between.

NaturallySpeaking does different amounts of spacing after other punctuation marks. It is done in a way that usually works. For instance, NaturallySpeaking puts one space after a comma, unless that comma is part of a number, such as 12,000 (whether spoken as “twelve thousand” or “twelve comma zero zero zero”).

NaturallySpeaking also offers a so-called “numeric comma” that’s never followed by a space. You can find these choices by going to Tools→Auto-Formatting Options.

Adding spaces and tabs

The quickest way to add a space is to say the word “Spacebar.” For a tab character, say, “Tab Key.” Just as NaturallySpeaking does for “Comma” or “Period,” it accepts these words or phrases as a character that it should type.

Another way to do the same thing is to say, “Press Spacebar” or “Press Tab.” In fact, you can tell NaturallySpeaking to press any key on the keyboard by saying the word “Press” and then the name of the key. So, to press the spacebar, you can say, “Press Spacebar.” Or to press the F1 key, you say, “Press F1.”

When should you use “Press Spacebar” or “Press Tab”? If you sometimes write about the keyboard, you may end up training NaturallySpeaking to type out the word spacebar or tab when you speak it, instead of inserting a space character.

Sometimes, you may need to use the word tab in other contexts. (For example, “Run me a tab.”) In that event, the “Press” command will be the more reliable way to get a space or tab character.