How to Move Around Web Pages with NaturallySpeaking

NaturallySpeaking has an automatic scrolling feature that is very convenient for reading long articles. Just say, “Start Scrolling Down,” and the text of the current web page starts moving up your screen like the credits at the end of a movie. Adjust the scrolling speed by saying, “Speed Up” or “Slow Down.” (No computerese nonsense like, “Set Scrolling Speed Up Five,” or something equally obscure.)

The “Stop Scrolling” command (bet you already figured this out) stops the scrolling. To go backward, say, “Start Scrolling Up.”

If automatic scrolling makes you feel like you’re in a speed-reading test, you have other options for moving through a web page. Perhaps you are accustomed to using the scroll bar on the right edge of your browser’s window to move through a web page.

As always, mouse-oriented techniques don’t translate to speech as well as keyboard-oriented techniques do. The simplest way to scroll through a web page by voice is to say, “Press Page Down” when you want to display the next screen’s text.

The “Move” and “Go” commands also work with a browser, but predicting what they’re going to do is sometimes hard. The “lines” that NaturallySpeaking moves when you say, “Move Down Four Lines” don’t precisely correspond to the lines of text that you see on your screen. (They’re usually a little bit larger than the lines of text.)

And on web pages that have several frames, images, animations, or other advanced features, what a “paragraph” means is anybody’s guess. “Top” and “bottom” are still meaningful terms, though, and you will find that “Go To Top” and “Go To Bottom” are good commands to remember when you’re reading long documents on the web.