How To Use Audacity with NaturallySpeaking - dummies

How To Use Audacity with NaturallySpeaking

By Stephanie Diamond

Audacity is a free open-source sound editor and recorder that you can download. Using Audacity, you can record podcasts, interview your favorite guru to post on your blog, or edit a recording you’ve already made.

If you’ve never used a sound-editing program before, the interface may seem intimidating at first. But it really is quite simple once you understand how things work. When you open a sound file with Audacity, you see the screen shown.


Like iTunes, you can use Audacity as a Full Text Control application. This means that you can say the names of the menu commands and select the submenus you want to open. As shown in this figure, you see the command you can use by looking at the open menus.


You’ll find lots of tutorials available online from the Audacity website. To get started, this table shows some commands you can use.

NaturallySpeaking Commands for Audacity
To Do This: Say This:
Open a new file “New file”
Open one of your recent files “Recent files”
Zoom in on area to edit “Zoom in”
Repeat the last effect “Repeat effect”
Start or stop selected sound “Play music”
Pause the audio playing “Pause audio”
Close the program “Exit”