How to Launch Dragon NaturallySpeaking - dummies

How to Launch Dragon NaturallySpeaking

There are a couple of different ways to launch and control NaturallySpeaking. To get started with NaturallySpeaking, launch the product in one of the following ways:

  • Double-click the Dragon icon on your desktop.

  • On the Windows taskbar, choose Start→Programs→Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

  • You can also use the system tray (set by the Tray Icon Only option). Right-click the microphone icon and you’ll see all the same menu options you have in the DragonBar.

On the Windows 8 Start screen, you may see many Dragon-related icons; make sure to pick Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

By choosing one of these options, you launch the NaturallySpeaking DragonBar and the Dragon Learning Center. You can dictate documents and control how NaturallySpeaking works. You can customize this to suit your preferences.

When you launch NaturallySpeaking, it may ask you to choose a user. If it doesn’t ask, don’t worry. You probably have only one user: you.

Remember that when you first set up NaturallySpeaking, you created and named a User Profile and then showed NaturallySpeaking how that user (you) sounded. Now, when you launch NaturallySpeaking, you must choose that user so that NaturallySpeaking can recognize you.

After launching, NaturallySpeaking displays the Open User dialog box. Click the User Profile name you created when you set up NaturallySpeaking, and then click the Open button. You’re ready to roll.

If other people use this same copy of NaturallySpeaking (or if you have multiple users for yourself), each person must have his or her own User Profile. If you need to add a user, go to the DragonBar and choose Profile→New User Profile. This launches the same New User Wizard you used to set up NaturallySpeaking for yourself.

You can switch users without restarting NaturallySpeaking. Follow these steps:

  1. From the DragonBar, choose Profile→Open User Profile.

    NaturallySpeaking may ask whether you want to save your speech files. Unless for some reason you don’t want to save any corrections you have made to NaturallySpeaking’s behavior, choose Yes. NaturallySpeaking then displays the Open User dialog box.

  2. Click the username from the User list and then click the Open button.