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Here’s a quick Thursday tip for folks using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC:

The Command Browser’s Keyword Filter lets you explore additional command wordings for the application(s) you frequently use. For instance, in Word and WordPerfect, you can say “turn bullets on” and “turn bullets off.”

Let us know if you have any suggestions for Dragon tips or questions that you’d like us to address. We’ll do our best to feature as many as we can here each week!

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Here’s a quick Thursday tip for folks using Dragon Dictate for Mac:

To navigate around in spelling mode, you can tell Dictate “move forward” and then designate a certain amount of characters.  You can also tell it to “move backwards” using the same format.  In Dictation mode, you can navigate by telling Dictate “move backwards/forwards” and a certain amount of words.

Let us know if you have any suggestions for Dragon tips or questions that you’d like us to address. We’ll do our best to feature as many as we can here each week!

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This week we welcome our first “Ask the Dictator” episode for our Dragon Dictate for Mac users!  On today’s episode, Peter Mahoney shows us how to add a word in Dragon Dictate for Mac that Dictate doesn’t quite understand yet.

Check out the full video here:

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Here’s a quick Thursday tip for folks using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC:

Common accelerator keys for Windows operating systems include: Esc to close a window, Enter to activate the item which has the focus, Tab to move the focus forward, and Shift+Tab to move the focus backward.

Most buttons, menus and checkboxes have an underlined letter in their label: you can activate them by pressing the underlined letter (if underlines are not visible, press Alt first.) For accelerator keys specific to a particular application, search the application’s Help or the Internet.

Let us know if you have any suggestions for Dragon tips or questions that you’d like us to address. We’ll do our best to feature as many as we can here each week!

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Today, we’d like to shine the “Customer of the Week” spotlight on one of our many I Speak Dragon contestants. Check out Zach’s story below, and read more contest entries here! (You can even rate your favorites).

I guess my story with Dragon began when I was in second grade and was diagnosed with both dyslexia and dysgraphia. Many people are familiar with dyslexia, a learning disability which makes it difficult for an individual to decode written language; however, few people are familiar with dysgraphia. Dysgraphia is a learning disability that impacts an individual’s ability to produce written language; for example, spelling, handwriting, and overall ability to produce the written word. I struggled throughout elementary school trying to express myself and all of the wonderful ideas and stories that I have in my head. My learning disabilities made it extremely difficult for me to succeed; subsequently, I began to think of myself as “stupid”.

I was first introduced to Dragon in middle school; at that time I was using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Teens. Your program helped me express myself in a way I had never before been able to accomplish. For the first time the ideas and words I had in my head were able to appear on the screen before me. No more would I have to deal with the botched translation between my head and hand. I continued to use Dragon throughout high school, and due in no small part to the accommodation Dragon provided me I was able to transition out of the special education program. Moreover, I graduated from high school in the top 10% of my class. Since then I have gone on to college where I once again relied heavily upon Dragon in my writing intensive liberal arts education. I graduated from college cum laude, due in no small part to the aid I was afforded through Dragon.

After college I used Dragon to write cover letters, create resumes, and answer online interview questions. Still today I use Dragon at home when writing e-mails to family, chatting on instant messenger with friends, or drafting a new Facebook updates. I use Dragon on an almost daily basis in my professional life as a teacher of students with disabilities.

Throughout my educational career I have sought out opportunities to share the benefits of using Dragon to over come educational challenges. I have been asked to present and demonstrate my use of assistive technology in several classroom settings as well as to individual students. I am always excited to help people discover the freedom Dragon offers.

I am truly not being dramatic when I say that without your program my life would look very different. My high school career would have been an extreme challenge and I may not have developed the belief I now have in my ability to be successful. Instead, thanks to Dragon, I have discovered an ability to break down concepts and teach them in a way that makes learning fun and exciting. Thank you to all of the wonderful and truly talented people at Nuance for creating a program that would provide me with the gift of language and communication; it has changed my life forever.

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Here’s a quick Thursday tip for folks using Dragon Dictate for Mac:

You can tell Dictate “Scratch (or delete) that” and the previous sentence will be deleted.  If you tell Dictate “scratch (or delete) word” your last word will be deleted.  If you have a particular word you want removed, tell Dictate “delete” and then the actual word.  Note: If you are in spelling mode you must use the word “scratch” to do deletions.

Let us know if you have any suggestions for Dragon tips or questions that you’d like us to address. We’ll do our best to feature as many as we can here each week!

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We’ve received some wonderful submissions this year to our I Speak Dragon contest. Have a look at the contest page to read some of these amazing stories.

Have you entered your story yet? Peter “The Dictator” Mahoney can tell you more about the contest and why you should enter, in this week’s special Ask the Dictator episode.

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