Dragon Naturally Speaking Video 5 – Correcting and Formatting Text

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Reading Time: 2 minutesIn this, the fifth in my series demonstrating aspects of Dragon NaturallySpeaking I cover the commands necessary to edit and format text that you’ve previously dictated into a wordprocessing package. I’m using Microsoft Word on a Windows 7 laptop.

Using the commands it’s easy to manipulate all aspects of the text.

Hi there, my name’s Graham Armfield from Coolfields Consulting. And in this video I’m going to show you how you can use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to correct text that is in a document already.

Here we are in a Word document with some text that is already been dictated. Sometimes when you dictating though you can stumble over your words or just say the wrong word, and you’ll need to correct it. To correct your mistakes you just use the command correct followed by the word or phrase that is wrong. For example:

Wake up, Correct Berkshire, Go to sleep.

You’ll see a dialogue box has appeared with some possible options that you might have meant. To choose one of these options you would just say choose followed by the appropriate number. In this case however we know that Winchester is actually in Hampshire and that’s not an option, so you can just say the word that it’s supposed to be.

Wake up, Hampshire, Go to sleep.

And you can see that it’s changed the word.

Actually, Winchester is approximately 60 miles from London selects correct that too.

Wake up, Correct fifty, sixty. Go to sleep.

It’s also possible to spell out corrections if you want to.

Wake up, Correct right, choose one Spell that, cap w, r, i, t, e. Choose one, Go to sleep.

It’s also possible to add words into stuff you’ve already typed. To add words in you can use the commands Insert before, or Insert after. For example:

Wake up, Insert before Hampshire, southern, Go to sleep.

Now on to formatting. Firstly of course, we need to select the text that you want to format. And you can select a single word by saying Select word, or alternatively select a block of text by specifying the from and to words. But you can also select an entire paragraph or line if you want to. Once the text is selected, there are a number of commands influencing the formatting, for example:

Wake up, Select Waterloo, Make bold. Select town to London, Italicise that. Select previous paragraph Cap that. Go to sleep.

What next?

In the next video in the series I start to explore what it’s like to browse the web using Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

The rest of the series

I’ll be adding the rest of the videos when I’ve sorted out the captions. But you can see the ones I’ve done so far.


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