How to Use the “Click” Command in NaturallySpeaking

The engineers at Nuance can’t anticipate every command that any stray application could possibly use, so they’ve done the next best thing: They made the “Click” command turn an application’s own menus into voice commands.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Say, “Click <menu name>” to expand a menu.

    Any title that appears on an application’s menu bar will work: “Click File,” “Click Edit,” and so on.

  2. After the menu expands, say an entry on the menu.

    For example, after you say, “Click Edit,” you can say, “Paste” if Paste appears on the Edit menu. The result is the same as if you had chosen Edit→Paste.

So there you are, dictating into an application. You aren’t sure whether the command you want (for example, “Set Font Arial”) will work here or not, so you try it once and it doesn’t. Does that mean it just doesn’t work and you should never try it again? Maybe, maybe not. Here’s how to decide:

  • Maybe NaturallySpeaking didn’t understand you properly. So try the command again, and watch to see what NaturallySpeaking thinks you said. If “set phone to aerial” appears, then the jury is still out on whether the command works here or not. Keep trying.

  • On the other hand, if “Set Font Arial” shows up as text on your screen, but still nothing happens font-wise, then you can reasonably conclude that the command isn’t going to work.