A service pack has been released for Dragon 15. Click here for download.
Before loading this service pack, we strongly recommend that you export a copy of your Dragon user profile in case anything goes wrong during the update.
Instructions on how to export a copy of your Dragon User Profile (see section 1.1).
When using Dragon to dictate in an email, there is a risk that the email will be sent before you have finished, if you inadvertently say the word 'send' on its own.
Here are some suggested workarounds to avoid this happening:
Saying "hyphen" will produce -
Saying "en dash" will produce – (often used between numbers for example 2016–2017)
Saying "em dash" will produce —
When to use an em dash
To change the properties of these vocabulary items, eg if you don't want any spaces before and after the en dash:
If you are experiencing difficulty with recognition of "Wake up", avoid running the words together and insert a micro pause between each word. However don't pause too much between each word — although Dragon needs to hear each word separately, it needs to hear the phrase as a unit, without a long pause between each word.
As an alternative, you could try "Listen to me". If you stress the word 'to', this tends to force pronunciation of each word separately, rather than running the words together.
These phrases are often misrecognised by Dragon if the words are run together.
Dragon has default keyboard shortcuts (hotkeys) to control the microphone.
Here's how to change the defaults to other keys, if the default keys don't suit.
Go to Dragon Bar / Tool / Options / Hotkeys
You can assign keys for toggling the mic between on and off, and between sleep and on.
To assign a key for toggling the mic between sleep and on, click on 'Microphone sleep /on'
Physically press the key you wish to use as the hotkey (make sure it isn't a key you need for another purpose. The Pause key is a good one because you won't need it for anything else)
Follow the same process to assign a key for Microphone on/off
There are different ways to hide and unhide rows and columns in Excel....
First you need to select the columns/rows......
Say "Select row 10" or"Select Row 10 to row 14"; "Select column C" or "select column C to column G"
To select the whole worksheet say "Select all" or "Press Control a".
If hiding 1 row or column only, you don't actually need to select, as long as the cursor is somewhere in the row/column.
Then say "Hide this column", or "Hide this row".
Another option is to use keyboard shortcuts:
To deploy these keyboard shortcuts by voice say:
Note that you will need to make a change in control panel to enable the CTRL+Shift+0 shortcut to work. Click here for instructions.
Another option is to move the mouse pointer by hand over the top of the row or column, say "Mouse right click", then "Hide".
Occasionally you might want Dragon to write a word or phrase that happens to be a command name, as text. For example you might want Dragon to write the word 'copy' or 'select' or 'system'.
Generally if you say the word/s in a stream of text, Dragon will type what you say as text. This is because recognition of commands requires you to pause before and after. So if you don't pause, Dragon should interpret what you say as text rather than a command.
Another way to force recognition of what you say as text rather than a command is to say e.g. "Cap copy" - Dragon will write 'Copy'. Alternativley you could say "no caps copy" and Dragon will write 'copy' in lower case.
By nominating the caps, Dragon knows you want text and not a command.