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How To Correct Dictation as You Go in NaturallySpeaking

By Stephanie Diamond

It seems that dictating to Dragon NaturallySpeaking should be a far easier way to communicate than by tapping your fingers across a keyboard. And the basics of dictating are, in fact, pretty easy. You just need to know a few tricks about punctuating and correcting errors as you go.

Resume dictation with an earlier word

Tripping over your tongue is easy when dictating. Also, composing sentences on the fly isn’t easy, and sometimes you want to change your mind about the phrase you just used.

You can solve both problems (misspeaking and changing your mind) with the “Resume With <word>” command. For <word>, substitute the word you want NaturallySpeaking to back up to. That word must be within the last 100 characters you have dictated, and you must have dictated continuously (typed or edited nothing by hand) since that word.

For instance, following is dictation where someone makes an error in the first line, gives a correction using “Resume With,” and completes the phrase correctly:

  1. Speaking the original error: “I keep on getting my tang tungled up.”

  2. (Brief pause, as the user realizes the error)

  3. Backing up: “Resume With my.

  4. Correcting from that point: “tongue tangled up”

The resulting text is: Getting my tongue tangled up.

This command is particularly useful when you dictate into a portable recorder.

A note about natural punctuation

If you’d like to slowly wade into the process of speaking punctuation, you’ll be happy to know that NaturallySpeaking provides a function called Natural Punctuation. Natural Punctuation automatically adds periods and commas where Dragon thinks they should go. If you start a new line or a new paragraph or come to what NaturallySpeaking thinks is the end of a sentence based on your pause, it will add a period.

Choose DragonBar→Auto-Formatting Options and select the check box that says Automatically Add Commas and Periods.

This doesn’t prevent you from saying “period” or “comma,” but if you forget or are new to the process, you have a backup. Remember that it won’t add any punctuation other than periods and commas — you still need to say those.