How to Create Bullets and Numbered Lists in NaturallySpeaking

Clear, concise writing requires more than just simple paragraphs. For example, For Dummies books just couldn’t exist without bullets and numbered lists. How can you create bulleted lists with voice commands in NaturallySpeaking?

In Natural Language and Full Text Control applications, dictate the text that you want a bullet next to and then say, “Format That Bullet Style.” To get a second bullet, say, “New Line.”

The commands for dictating in the NaturallySpeaking window are the same commands that work in Full Text Control applications, including Natural Language Commands in Word or WordPerfect, for example. This command doesn’t work in all applications. If your document is in an application that doesn’t support Full Text Control, make the bulleted list in the DragonPad and then copy and paste it into your document.

Like “Bold That” and “Italicize That,” the “Format That Bullet Style” command undoes itself. In other words, you can turn a bulleted paragraph back into regular text by moving the cursor to that paragraph and saying, “Format That Bullet Style.” You may think that this doesn’t make sense — but that’s the way it works.

Use this technique to end the bulleted list: After the last bulleted paragraph is done, say, “New Paragraph” and then, “Format That Bullet Style.” The new paragraph is now in regular style.

The NaturallySpeaking DragonPad doesn’t provide a means for generating numbered lists automatically. You have to construct them yourself. For example, say, “New Line. One period. Cap this is the first entry on my numbered list. Period. New Line. Two period. Cap this is the second entry. Period.” The result is

  1. This is the first entry on my numbered list.

  2. This is the second entry.