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Get Started in Word with Dragon NaturallySpeaking

By Stephanie Diamond

If you have used NaturallySpeaking for even a short amount of time, you know that there are many different ways of accomplishing the same thing. Take a look at all the ways you can work in Word or WordPerfect for an easy, uncomplicated experience. At the time of this writing, Word 2003, Word 2007, Word 2010 (English), and WordPerfect X3, X4, and X5 are supported.

Creating, opening, and closing documents

To get started with Word, you don’t need any special Natural Language Commands. You’re already familiar with them. Some of the commands you’ll most likely use are

  • Open Microsoft Word

  • Open new document (You must have Word open already to use this.)

  • Save document

  • Close document

Playback and Read

A familiar set of features in Word are Playback and Read. Playback lets you play back a recording of your voice to help you proofread. (The Playback feature only comes with the Premium and higher editions.) Read is the NaturallySpeaking text-to-speech feature. Playback and Read includes the Playback toolbar that is in the Extras bar.

You can play back your text by menu command and voice command, as well as with the Extras bar. First, select the text you want to hear. The menu command for playback is Audio→Play That Back.

You can have NaturallySpeaking read your selected text out loud by using the Read That command.