How To Set Options and Formatting for NaturallySpeaking - dummies

How To Set Options and Formatting for NaturallySpeaking

By Stephanie Diamond

The Options section of NaturallySpeaking’s Accuracy Center is key. It contains several ways for you to customize NaturallySpeaking to make your assistant do things your way. Remember to revisit your Options settings periodically when you are using NaturallySpeaking. You may want to alter the settings you chose when you first got started.

Opening the Options Tabs

It’s important to set personal options from the Options tab on the Tools menu. From the Accuracy Center, access it by clicking the Open the Options dialog box. This is where you set up preferences for the NaturallySpeaking assistant to work your way.

Opening the Auto-Formatting dialog box

Auto-Formatting is important so don’t skip it. Access it from the Open the Auto-Formatting Options dialog box in the Accuracy Center or go to Tools→Auto-Formatting Options.


If you get overzealous and regret some of the changes you made, use the Restore Defaults button.

To save time, consider setting these default options:

  • Format Numbers, Telephone Numbers, Currency, and Times Automatically: These check boxes allow typical formatting without your attention.

  • Dates: You have the option to set a specific date format from a drop-down menu.

  • Format Web and E-mail Addresses Automatically: To set this option, click the check box. If you have to do these a special way and can’t use auto-formatting, you may want to train them individually.

  • Allow Pauses in Formatted Phrases: A nice feature, because you often pause to check numbers when speaking phone numbers. If you clear this check mark, NaturallySpeaking may put spaces where you pause.