Connect your microphone – When you plug your microphone into your PC, an “audio event” window may open. If this happens, verify what is highlighted in that window before closing it. – If you want to bypass your PC’s sound system (or if your PC has only one audio socket). consider using a USB adapter or USB microphone. – If your PC has only one audio socket, you can use a Y-shaped adapter. – If you use a Bluetooth® microphone, plug its dongle into a USB port on your PC and make sure it is in call mode. For information on using a Dragon Bluetooth or Plantronics® Calisto® Bluetooth headset, please see: nuance.com/support/dragon-naturallyspeaking/index.htm – You may want to verify the “recording” Sound settings in the Control Panel (right-click the speaker icon in the System Tray). Important: If your microphone requires plugging into a USB port, you can now use any port and even plug it in after you open Dragon.
Install Dragon Note: If you have an existing version, we suggest backing up your profile first. – Exit any open program. If you’re running an antivirus program, turn it off until after the installation completes. – Put the Dragon DVD into your PC (or open the downloaded file) and follow the prompts. – Enter the serial number found on the DVD sleeve (or, if you purchased a download, in the email you received). Click Next, accepting all the recommended options.
Your user profile If you are new to Dragon: A series of screens will guide you to create the best possible profile for you. Don’t rush through it. It will determine your initial accuracy. Once your profile is created, Dragon offers ways to refine it, including designating specific text to analyze. If you used Dragon 11 or 12: Dragon 13 will detect profiles on your PC and start its Upgrade Wizard. (If you do not want to upgrade any profile now, close the wizard. You can launch it later from the Start menu.) Important: Once the upgrade completes, we strongly recommend you launch Accuracy Tuning (see the Audio menu) and read the What’s New.
Before you start dictating Go through the Interactive Tutorial (its simulations include practice for dictating, editing and using voice commands). Then click the DragonBar’s Help menu and see its content.
Personalize your profile’s vocabulary In order to dictate efficiently, you should let Dragon learn what you use: nicknames, jargon, capitalized phrases, email addresses, etc. Personalizing your Profile will prevent many errors. There are several means to do it including having Dragon analyze text similar to what you plan to dictate. See “Improve my accuracy” in the Help menu.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center displays sample commands (global and application-specific). It contains clickable links to related Help topics. You can open the Learning Center by saying “Dragon Learning Center” or “What Can I Say?” Once installation is finished, make sure your microphone is connected, then start Dragon (double-click its desktop icon). Right-clicking the Learning Center displays a menu from which you can change the font size, print, and more. An important habit: Control whether Dragon listens You can control Dragon’s microphone by: – Pressing the + on the numeric keypad (this hotkey can be changed in Dragon’s Options dialog). – Clicking the microphone icon on the DragonBar or System Tray. – Using commands such as “wake up” and “microphone off.”
Your first dictation
Start a word processor, make sure your cursor is in the document, then turn on the microphone and dictate sentences in a clear and natural voice. Say punctuation and commands like new paragraph. As you dictate, a small Dragon icon indicates that the software is processing. No need to wait for Dragon to “catch up.” Dictate at a natural pace. Aim to speak long phrases, since this gives Dragon some context and leads to much better results than slow, halting speech. Note: Dragon automatically handles a lot of formatting, including spacing, dates and percentages. If you want to capitalize a particular word, say “cap” or “all caps” before it.
Although personalizing the vocabulary will prevent many errors, some errors are inevitable. By correcting Dragon’s errors, you can help it learn from them. Experiment with when and how to correct. Dragon lets you do it entirely by voice, but also allows typing over, pressing a hotkey, and more. (See the Options dialog.) When Dragon misrecognizes something you dictated, you can say “Correct that” or “Correct ” — being the wrong word(s) on the screen. On: Dragon is listening. Off: Dragon cannot hear anything Exiting Dragon It’s useful to exit Dragon at least once a day: from the Profile menu, choose Exit Dragon. If a message asks whether you want to save changes to your profile, say yes to preserve the refinements made during your session (such as analyzing text or adding a Spoken Form).