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Here’s a quick Thursday Tip for folks using Dragon Dictate for Mac 3:

Spelling mode enables a slightly different set of punctuation marks from Dictation mode, which can be useful. Spelling mode is also good for typing words that Dictation mode will misinterpret (such as “cap” or “uh”). It is help­ful, too, when you want to type a word that Dragon Dictate doesn’t know, or when you want to enter an abbreviation or acronym or URL; but Dictation mode also has ways of entering acronyms, and if you frequently use a word, you should consider adding it to your profile’s vocabulary so that you can say it in Dictation mode (see “Vocabulary Editor Window”).

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

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Here’s a quick Tuesday Tip for folks using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC:

In order to avoid unintended actions, Dragon now–by default–requires saying “Click” before the name of a menu, button, check box, or other interface control. (This is consistent with the default option for hyperlinks: you must say click before the name of the link.) And, new in version 12, you can choose to turn the “click” requirement on or off for menus separately.

Note that, if desired, you can now turn off the ability to “voice click” menus, buttons and other interface elements — for all programs or just for selected programs. The dropdown list on the Miscellaneous tab of the Options dialog lets you pick the program(s) you wish to exclude.

Dragon 12 lets you personalize your experience even more! Disabling command functionality you don’t need can boost performance as well as avoid unintended actions.

  • Tracking of Start Menu and Desktop – Dragon allows you to open by name, at any time, anything that’s in the Start Menu or on the Desktop, whether it is visible or not. The Commands tab in the Options dialog now lets you turn off this for Start Menu, Desktop, or both.
  • Twitter/Facebook commands – Dragon allows you to post an update to Facebook or Twitter with simple voice commands such as “Post to Facebook” but if you don’t need those, you can now use the Commands tab of the Options dialog to turn them off.
  • Multiple Match – When you give commands that quote from your text, Dragon numbers all matching instances, so you can disambiguate or affect multiple instances at once. Dragon 12 now includes an option to turn this feature off if you prefer, so that your command directly applies to the nearest match.

Let us know if you have any suggestions for Dragon tips or questions that you’d like us to address here in the comments. 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:

Customizing your vocabulary is important to improve your experience with Dragon. To add a new word or phrase, open the Vocabulary Editor and click the + icon, then type the new word or phrase exactly as you want it to appear during transcription. To learn more about customizing your vocabulary, see pgs. 27-29 in the workbook.

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Here’s a quick Tuesday Tip for folks using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC:

By default, Dragon applies its automatic formatting rules for things like numbers, dates, and website URLs. For example, if you need to dictate sequences of 7, 10, or 11 digits and do not want them formatted as phone numbers, one trick is to say “numeral” just before. (see pgs. 38-39 of the user workbook for more info)

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On this week’s episode of Ask the Dictator, we’re bringing back one of our fan favorites from the archives to show you how to dictate words that sound the same but be spelled differently. In this episode, Peter “The Dictator” Mahoney shows us how to do this by managing your vocabulary and understanding the importance of the “spoken form” of words.

Check it out here:

If you have a topic that you’d like to suggest for a future episode, let us know right here in the comments, or better yet, go to our Ask the Dictator page here and submit your suggestion!

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

Warning: Dragon’s “Restricted” Recognition Modes WILL help save you time! Take advantage of  numbers mode, spell mode, command mode, and dictation mode to give yourself more flexibility when using Dragon. For instance, to use spell mode just say “spell mode on” or “switch to spell mode” and proceed to spell out your word.

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

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

When adding names of people to your vocabulary, consider adding nicknames and variations of the name as well. Even if you don’t use the nicknames much when dictating, it’s a good safeguard – e.g. you add “Liz Hansen” or “Lizzy Hansen” as your nickname for “Elizabeth McGee Hansen.” (see pg. 17 of the workbook for more info)

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