Welcome to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.
For the latest User’s Guide and other resources, please see:
The User’s Guide is also available on your installation disk,in the directory:
INSTALLING AND ACTIVATING DRAGON
Exit any open applications. (If you're running an anti-virus program, turn
it off until after the installation completes.) Note: There can only be one
version of Dragon installed on your computer at a time.
1) Put the Dragon DVD into your DVD drive and follow the on-screen prompts.
2) Enter the serial number that is printed on the DVD sleeve.
3) Choose a Setup type. We recommend “Typical/Complete.” Click Next.
4) Continue to click Next, taking all the recommended options.
To start Dragon, double-click its desktop icon.
When prompted to activate your software, first click “Activate Now” and
then “Activate Automatically.” You must be connected to the Internet to
activate automatically. For details see:
CREATING OR UPGRADING A USER PROFILE
IF YOU ARE NEW TO DRAGON...
The first time you start Dragon, a series of screens will walk you through
the process of creating the best possible User Profile for your situation.
Don’t rush through it. It’s very important, since it will determine your
One of the screens will offer to perform a basic personalization of the
vocabulary based on your email and documents, to help Dragon prepare
to recognize the particular words and phrases you use. Dragon offers
many other ways to refine your profile so that it can work better and better for you - be sure to take advantage of them. It’s particularly useful to
designate documents for Dragon to analyze.
IF YOU USED DRAGON 9, 10, or 11...
The first time you start Dragon 11.5, it will automatically detect version 9, 10 or 11 User Profiles on your computer and start its User Profile
Upgrade Wizard. If you do not want to upgrade your Profiles now, you
can close the wizard and launch it later from the Windows Start menu:
Start>All Programs> Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5>Dragon NaturallySpeaking Tools > Upgrade Users
1. The first screen of the wizard lists the
Profile(s) that were found. Modify the
list as needed so it contains only the
profile(s) you want to upgrade now.
2. Choose the destination for your upgraded Profile(s). Nuance recommends
you use the default location.
3. Click Begin to start the upgrade
completes we strongly recom
process. Important: Once the upgrade completes,
recommend running Accuracy Tuning.
For details about upgrading, click the Help button on the dialog box. You
can also see the Support website.
BEFORE YOU START DICTATING....
Please view the Tutorial to get started with the basics of using Dragon.
We also recommend you read the What’s New article in the Dragon Help.
PERSONALIZING YOUR PROFILE’S VOCABULARY
Dragon has knowledge of a large
number of words and abbreviations,
but in order to dictate efficiently, you
should let it learn what you use, including nicknames, jargon, capitalized
phrases, the name of your street, etc.
Personalizing your Profile will prevent many recognition errors.
There are several ways of doing this,
including using Dragon to analyze
documents that are similar to what
you plan to dictate.
Simple tools for this are available
from the DragonBar menus and
gathered in the Accuracy Center.
(See “Improve my accuracy” in the
DragonBar’s Help menu.)
THE DRAGON SIDEBAR
The Dragon Sidebar displays a
selection of popular commands,
including commands that are
available at any time (“Global”
The top pane contains several tabs
that list commands with clickable
links, to related Help topics. The
lower pane contains tips.
Dragon offers several options
for the Sidebar. Right-clicking
the Sidebar displays a menu in
which you can choose to print the
content, hide the Mouse tab, hide
the Tips pane, and more.
You can bring up the Sidebar from
the Help menu, or by saying commands such as “Open Dragon
Sidebar” or “What Can I Say?”
CONTROLLING WHETHER DRAGON LISTENS
An important habit to practice: turn ON Dragon’s microphone when you
want Dragon to hear you, and turn it OFF when you don’t.
You can control Dragon’s microphone by:
• Pressing its hotkey (by default the plus (+) key on the numeric keypad.)
• Clicking the microphone icon on the DragonBar or in the Windows®
• Using commands such as “wake up” and “microphone off.”
On: Dragon is listening.
Off: Dragon cannot hear
YOUR FIRST DICTATION
Start a word processor and make sure that your cursor is within the
document, then turn on the microphone and start dictating in a clear and
natural voice, neither yelling nor whispering. Remember to say punctuation e.g. “comma” & “open quote” and commands like “new paragraph.”
As you dictate, a small Dragon icon
indicates that the software is
processing your speech. There is no need to wait for Dragon to “catch up”
with you. Just dictate at a natural pace. Aim to dictate in longer phrases
and full sentences, since this gives Dragon some context and leads to
much better results than slow, halting speech.
Pause briefly before and after commands and remember to turn the
microphone off when you don’t want Dragon to transcribe.
AUTOMATIC FORMATTING AND CAPITALIZATION
You will see that Dragon automatically handles a lot of text formatting,
including prices, dates, times, phone numbers and percentages (see
Autoformatting Options in the DragonBar’s Tools menu.)
If you want to capitalize a particular word, say “cap” or “all caps” just
Personalizing the vocabulary will prevent many recognition errors,
however, some errors are inevitable. By properly correcting Dragon’s
errors, you can help it learn from them, so errors are less likely to
happen again. You can experiment with when to correct and how to
correct. (Dragon lets you do it entirely by voice, but also allows typing
over, pressing the Correction hotkey, and more.) Explore the Correction
tab of Dragon’s Options dialog (in the Tools menu of the DragonBar) to
see what you prefer for a given situation. Also see the Help.
THE CORRECTION MENU
When Dragon misrecognizes something you dictated, you can correct
it by saying the command “Correct
You can also say “Correct <xyz>”
where <xyz> stands for the text you
want to correct.
This will display the Correction Menu,
which shows a list of alternatives.
If what you wanted is on the list say
“choose” followed by the corresponding number: for instance “Choose 1.”
If it is not, you can say “Spell that” to open the Spelling window, where
you can spell out or type what Dragon should have recognized.
See the Help for details on the Correction menu and the Spelling window.
LEARNING MORE AND GETTING HELP
At first, you should focus on getting used to dictating fluently and on
refining the vocabulary.
Over time, you can learn to do more and more by voice.
At anytime, you can search the Help with a
direct command such as “Search Dragon
Help for symbols.” You can also use Dragon’s
The Nuance website contains many resources, including the latest documentation, FAQs,
tips, instructional videos, lists of compatible
microphones and recorders, partners who
provide customization services, as well as
contact and policy information for Technical
SHUTTING DOWN THE PROGRAM
It’s useful to exit Dragon at least once a day. One way to do this is to
open the DragonBar’s Profile menu and choose Exit Dragon.
If a message asks whether you want to save the changes to your profile,
say yes. That way you will preserve the refinements you made during your
session, such as adding words to the Vocabulary, correcting an error,
changing an option, etc.
(For more, see the Sidebar and Command Browser.)
Control the Mic
Search the Web
Search the Computer
“Go to sleep”
“Search the web for <xyz>”
“Find a website about <xyz>”
“Search Amazon for <xyz>”
“Search videos for <xyz>”
“Search news for <xyz>”
“Search maps for <xyz>”
(requires a desktop search engine)
“Search the computer for <xyz>”
“Search documents for <xyz>”
“Search email for <xyz>”
“Select next <n> words”
“Select previous paragraph”
“Select <start> through <end>”
“Resume with <xyz>”
“Delete last <n> words”
“Scratch that <n> times”
Move the Cursor
Add Lines and Spaces
Correct Dragon’s Errors
“Move left <n> characters
“Move down <n> lines”
“Go to end [of line]”
“Go to top | bottom”
“Page up | down”
“Insert before <xyz>”
“Give me help”
“Search Dragon Help for <xyz>”
“Show Dragon Sidebar Help”
“Press Tab key”
“Tab <n> times”
“Spell <cap a b t hyphen 5>”
Move and Select
“Go to end of line”
“Go to top of document”
“Select the next <number>words”
Work with Windows
“Bullet selection”, “Unbullet that”
“Make this uppercase”, “Uncap that”
“Bold previous <number> words”
“Cap that”, “All caps on”
“Capitalize the previous line”
“Underline this word”
“Switch to previous window”
“List windows for <program name>”
“Switch to next window”
“List all windows”
Move the Mouse
Position the Mouse
“Move mouse up”
“Move mouse right”
“Move mouse down slower”
“MouseGrid” (full screen)
“MouseGrid Window” (active window)
“MouseGrid <1 to 9>
Click the Mouse
Drag the Mouse
“Mouse double click”
“Mouse right click”
“Drag mouse down faster”
“Mouse drag lower right very fast”
“Mouse drag up very fast”
Start and Exit Programs
“Start <program name>”
“Start OpenOffice Writer”
“Start Microsoft Word”
“Start Internet Explorer”
You Can Say...
dot | point | period | full stop
exclamation point | exclamation mark
You Can Say...
dollar sign | dollar | dollars
NUMBERS, DATES, TIMES, UNITS, PRICES
You Can Say...
four point two
one hundred seventy nine
five thousand four hundred twenty three
zero point zero three
eleven over thirty two
seven eight one five six five five thousand
ninety nine dollars and fifty cents
eight thirty pm
two hundred kilograms
five feet three inches
May 15, 2003
May fifteenth comma two thousand three
(note: saying “comma” is optional)
Roman numeral two thousand four
Boston, MA 02460
Boston Massachusetts oh two four six oh
1 Wayside Dr.
One Wayside Drive
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You can change the way Dragon formats numbers, dates, and more by
setting the options on the Auto-formatting dialog box. (See the Tools
menu on the DragonBar.)