Dragon will sometimes recognise what you say as a command, when you want text. There is a high risk of this happening when you use common command terms such as "select", "correct", "send" (in an email) etc.
Options for working around this conundrum:
Once you have installed the Dragon web extension in your browser (Microsoft Edge, Chrome or Mozilla), You should be able to dictate in text fields and a range of commands will be available. For a list of commands, say "Give me Help" > Use the web. Although there is no specific list of commands available for Edge, Edge users can refer to the list of commands for Internet Explorer.
Note that Dragon's functionality will vary from one website to another, depending on the degree to which the website complies with W3C accessibility guidelines.
If using Dragon in Microsoft Edge, it is important to load the Dragon Web Extension. Note that the web extension for Edge is only supported by the latest version of Dragon Group, which is V15.7.1.
If you don't have the latest version of Dragon Group, or you have Dragon Professional Individual*, load the Dragon web extension for Chrome (it can be loaded in Edge).
To check which extensions are loaded in Edge :
To load the Dragon web extension for Chrome in Edge (for those with Dragon Professional Individual or versions of Dragon Group earlier than V15.7.1):
If you are not able to dictate in a text field, say "Show dictation box". Dictate your text in the box, then say "Transfer". The text will be pasted to wherever the cursor was when you opened the box.
The dictation box can also be useful in text fields where you are able to dictate, but perhaps you don't have full functionality. For example you might not be able to format or correct text. You will be able to do these functions by voice in the dictation box.
To return to the previous window say "Press Alt Tab".
Those who have the Viva Voce macro set will be able to say "Switch back" as an alternative.
For macro writers:
To create a "Switch back" macro, copy the script below into an advanced scripting macro:
A reminder that you can access more information on Dragon by saying "Give me help".
Many Dragon users experience difficulty with recognition of the microphone commands. To improve recognition, try adding a micro pause between each word. We have a tendency to run words together in a short phrase, and this can make it difficult for dragon to detect each separate word.
However don't pause too long between each word, because this can break the phrase up, and Dragon might not hear it as a command.
As with all commands, it is important to pause before and after.
It's a good idea to export your Dragon customisations on a regular basis, in case anything happens to your computer or your Dragon user profile becomes corrupt. Or you might need to transfer your user profile to another computer. Click here for advice and instructions.
If you experience this error message (see image below)…
the solution is to delete dragon's desktop shortcut and create a new one from the Dragon exe file which can be found at: C:\Program Files (x86)\Nuance\NaturallySpeaking15\Program\natspeak.exe
Method 1: via favourites on the Favourites Bar
Create a favourite / bookmark on the Favourites Bar by opening a webpage, then use keyboard shortcut CTRL+D (by voice "Press control D).
Choose names for your favourites that are easy to pronounce, and easy for Dragon to recognise. By keeping the name short you will be able to fit more in. Favourites can be opened by a single voice command. Say "Click <Favourite>", or simply "Favourite". For example, "Click Google search", or "Google search" (assuming you have such a favourite).
Favourites can be grouped in folders if you have a lot, but accessing them will require more than one voice command.
If the Favourites Bar is not in view, use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+B (by voice "Press control SHIFT B").
You can also access your 'Other Favourites' (what used to be called the Favourites Menu) by voice. However I prefer saving my favourites on Bar because they can be accessed by a single voice command.
To access all favourites say: "Press control shift O".
If you are not able to access favourites on the Favourites Bar by voice, check:
Method 2: Create shortcuts to web pages on your desktop:
Links can be renamed to suit, and can be grouped in folders.
Method 3: for macro writers — create an AppBringUp macro
These instructions assume that you have some familiarity with creating custom commands/macros, but even if you don't, feel free to have a go.
To create macros for other webpages, simply replace the URL between the quotes.
How to find a macro in Command Browser
You might need to find your macro in Command Browser to edit it, or to copy & rename it (to recreate the macro for other webpages):
1. “Open Command Browser”
2. “Show Task pane” (if it is collapsed)
4. “Global commands”
5. “Move right” (to expand the folder)
6. Say the first 1 or 2 words of the command name, eg "Bring up", or “press B /Bravo" to jump to the macros starting with that letter. Avoid saying the full name of your macro because rather than finding it in the list, Dragon might try to action the macro.
7. Select the macro with a single click
8. “To script”
9. “Edit” or “New copy” (depending on what you are trying to do). If copying the macro, rename it and replace the URL between the quotes
10. “Click save”
Your macro will look like this: