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Dragon NaturallySpeaking For Dummies, 4th Edition



Dragon NaturallySpeaking For Dummies, 4th Edition

Stephanie Diamond

ISBN: 978-1-118-96154-4 November 2014 368 Pages

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Master the latest version of Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking

This new edition of Dragon NaturallySpeaking For Dummies has been updated to cover all the newest updates to Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 13, giving readers plain-English access to the technology that ignites new levels of productivity. It enables people to interact with and command their laptop or PC, cruise through email, update Facebook, surf the web, and create reports just by speaking! Inside, you'll find everything you need to get started with this advanced voice recognition software right away.

Touted as being three times faster than typing, Dragon NaturallySpeaking software boasts 99% speech accuracy out of the box. Plus, although it is primarily used as voice recognition software, programmers and developers have begun using it as a programming language for app development because the voice recognition makes use of custom tools that can be used to automate programming tasks. It's making waves in the tech world—and you can get in on the action with this hands-on, friendly guide.

  • Includes the most up-to-date information on the latest version of the software
  • Shows you how to launch your Dragon software
  • Includes time-and-sanity-saving tips to make your experience with Dragon NaturallySpeaking headache-free
  • Outlines common mistakes to avoid and unprecedented Dragon tricks

If you're a new or inexperienced user who wants to get up to date quickly on all that Dragon NaturallySpeaking can do, this approachable, step-by-step guide has you covered.

Introduction  1

Part I: Getting Started with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 5

Chapter 1: Knowing What to Expect 7

Chapter 2: Installing Dragon and Starting Basic Training 19

Chapter 3: Launching and Controlling Dragon  33

Part II: Creating Documents and Spreadsheets  49

Chapter 4: Simply Dictating  51

Chapter 5: Selecting, Editing, and Correcting in DragonPad  71

Chapter 6: Basic Formatting in Text-Editing Applications  85

Chapter 7: Proofreading and Listening to Your Text  97

Chapter 8: Dictating into Other Applications  105

Chapter 9: Dipping into Word Processing  117

Chapter 10: Working with Excel  135

Chapter 11: Using Recorded Speech  143

Part III: Communicating Online  157

Chapter 12: Sending and Receiving E-Mail 159

Chapter 13: Working the Web  171

Chapter 14: Dictating the Mobile Way  181

Part IV: Working Smarter  199

Chapter 15: Controlling Your Desktop and Windows by Voice  201

Chapter 16: Speaking More Clearly  221

Chapter 17: Additional Training for Accuracy  227

Chapter 18: Improving Audio Input  247

Chapter 19: Having Multiple Computers or Users  255

Chapter 20: Creating Your Own Commands  263

Chapter 21: Getting Help from Your Desktop and Online  273

Part V: The Part of Tens  291

Chapter 22: Ten Common Problems  293

Chapter 23: Ten Time-and-Sanity-Saving Tips  301

Chapter 24: Ten Mistakes to Avoid 305

Chapter 25: Ten Stupid Dragon Tricks  309

Index  317