Dragon NaturallySpeaking Operating Tips for Windows 8

If Windows 8 is your operating system, fear not: Dragon 13 works right along with it. But, you will have to experiment a bit when you first get started. Until then, the key to making Windows 8 work is to bypass some of the new interface conventions, like the tiled Start screen. (In Windows 8.1, the Start menu has returned.)

Navigation for Windows 8 is best done by using commands to replicate keyboard actions or move actions, such as “Press Enter” and “Move Right Five.”

Below is a list of some commands specific to the Windows 8 Modern User Interface:

  • “Open Start Screen”

  • “Show All Applications”

  • “Charms Bar”

  • “Open <charm name> Charm”

You may want to use these new commands to leverage Windows new search charm function. Do this by saying, “Charms Bar,” “Open Search Charm” and then dictate your search and say, “Press Enter.”