What are natural
language commands? How does one know what commands are available?
programmers of Dragon NaturallySpeaking have added Natural Language Commands
to several programs. Natural Language Commands are designed to let one
guess how to execute a particular task. There is less guessing when you
know some key words to use such as, "Format that . . ." and "Make
that . . .".
With text selected in Microsoft Word say:
Format That Bold Italics
Format That Upper Case
Make That Italics
There are other ways to format words too. To bold, italicize, underline or capitalize, one could use some of the
the Last Three Words
Caps That Italics On or Italics Off
Underline the Next Two Words
is essential that the Natural Language Commands option be turned
on. The option is turned on by default. To check your system, go to
the NaturallySpeaking toolbar, Tools, Options, Commands; Enable
Natural Language Commands should be checked.
are some sample Natural Language Commands from CompuTALK's booklet,
QuickNotes. This booklet lists commands so the user knows what
kinds of commands can be given. The commands are arranged topically.
For example, to find a series of commands for Outlook, just go to the Outlook page.
The following are a few of the QuickNotes
commands for Microsoft Word:
·Set FontArial/Courier/Courier New/Garamond/Helvetica/Palatino/Times New
Roman/Times; for example, say, "Set Font Arial".
·Set Size6-300; for example, say, "Set Size 16".
·Set FontBold/Italics/Bold Italics/Underline/Strikeout/Plain or Plain Text or
Regular; for example, say, "Set Font Bold".
That"; say the font name or size or font face. For example, say,
"Format That Arial 14" will affect the last utterance.
Align/Right Align That
the Font Size to 6... 300; for example, "Set the Font to 24 Points Arial in
Line/Paragraph to Bulleted/Numbered
way to learn Natural Language Commands is by going to the help menu of Dragon
NaturallySpeaking. Click on Revising Text and choose a
makes learning commands quick and easy. The printed booklet is $15.
The material is included in the SpeakEASY
DVD in PDF format. The SpeakEASY DVD provides an
inexpensive way to learn Dragon NaturallySpeaking from beginning to end.