How to Use NaturallySpeaking with Common Dialog Boxes

By Stephanie Diamond

NaturallySpeaking can help you control dialog boxes. These are “Look Ma, no hands” examples. Everything is done with voice commands. Naturally, sometimes you can accomplish the task faster by pecking a key or moving your mouse. Over time, you’ll work out your own compromises between voice commands and mouse-and-keyboard commands.

For the following searches, NaturallySpeaking supports these search engines: Google Desktop, Windows Vista Search, and Windows 7 Search.

Search documents with NaturallySpeaking

Suppose that a couple of days ago you found a great article about Mind Maps somewhere on the web, and you know you saved it somewhere. Probably you used “mind map” somewhere in the filename, but in the heat of the moment, you aren’t sure what you called it. It’s bound to be somewhere on your hard drive. Find it by following these steps:

  1. Say, “Click Start, Search Documents For Mind Map.”

    The dialog box, opens. The search engine shows you all the indexed items that have “mind map” in the title.

  2. Say, “Click Search.”

    You see all the documents relating to mind maps on your hard drive.

  3. Choose the one you want by saying, “<document name>.”

    The document opens. (Say, “Cancel Document” to close it without saving.)

Search your computer with NaturallySpeaking

If you think you misplaced an important spreadsheet from the Widget Co. somewhere on your hard drive, find it by doing the following:

  1. Say, “Search The Computer For Spreadsheets.”

    A list of all the items that match that search are listed.

  2. To choose the one you want, say the name of the spreadsheet.

Find and replace text with NaturallySpeaking

Suppose your daughter has used the NaturallySpeaking window to dictate a report for Show-and-Tell about your new dog Spot. The report is excellent, except for one small problem: She believes that Spot is a cat. How can she repair this error in her report?

  1. Say, “Click Edit, Replace.”

    The Replace dialog box opens. The cursor starts in the Find What text box.

  2. Say, “Cat.”

  3. Say, “Press Tab.”

    The cursor moves to the Replace With text box.

  4. Say, “Dog.”

    You’re almost done. But unless you want the word “Category” replaced with “Dogegory,” you need to do one more thing.

  5. Say, “Click Match Whole Word Only.”

    The corresponding check box is selected.

  6. Say, “Click Replace All.”