Dragon

Q.  How do I change the default font size in the Dragon Pad?

A.  The Dragon Pad default font is Arial size 10, which some people find a bit small!  There is no menu driven way to resolve this, but by editing a Dragon configuration file called options.ini you can set an alternative size.

Note – if you are not confident about editing files using Windows notepad, you should get some help.  Or at least, make a copy of the options.ini file before making changes, just in case!

Procedure

  1. If Dragon is running, close the application.
  2. The file location depends upon which operating system you have.
    1. For Windows XP, C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Nuance\NaturallySpeaking11\Users\NAME*\current\options.ini
    2. For Windows Vista and Windows 7, C:\ProgramData\Nuance\NaturallySpeaking11\Users\NAME*\current\options.ini * NAME = your Dragon profile name
  3. “Options.ini” will normally open in Windows Notepad, if all goes to plan you should see something like this:
  4. Make your way to the end and get the cursor on an empty line, then type: enx Default Font Size=240
  5. So why 240?  You have to multiply the font size you want by 20, so in this example, the Dragon Pad font would be size 12.
  6. Save the file and open up Dragon.  You can test your work by opening the Dragon Pad and checking the font size has changed from its default size 10.

What else can I do with options.ini?

Every now and again, someone is plagued by problems with misunderstood commands. You say “cap that” and Dragon thinks you said “Cut That” .  Or you say “Correct That” and Dragon thinks you said “Correct At” (or something similar).

Enunciating your commands very clearly  often helps, but if you are getting frustrated by spurious results, you can rename the command to something more recognisable.  E.g. instead of “Cap That” you could just say “Caps”.

Here’s how:-

  1. Close Down Dragon
  2. Open up your options.ini file (see previous FAQ on how to do this)
  3. Get on to an empty line and type: Enx Cap That Command=Caps
  4. Save options.ini and exit Notepad, then start Dragon up.
  5. Test your “re-worded” command

This approach can be highly effective but there are a few things you should note:

  1. This would not be supported by Nuance – tweaking files may be frowned upon.
  2. Rewording commands means the original command name will no longer work, so in this example, you say “Cap That” and Dragon will just write “cap that”.
  3. You may need to think about consistency, so in this case you might also want to add the lines: Enx All Caps That Command=All Caps Enx No Caps That Command=No Caps
  4. If you are not experienced at this sort of thing, get some help from a grown-up, and make a copy of your original options.ini file as insurance.

 

 

Q. While Dragon is running, if I switch to typing, I often get random blocks of text appearing in my document and the cursor sometimes jumps to another part of the document. Is there any way to fix this?

A. There are various possible causes, but one thing you can do to minimise this problem is to switch off your Dragon microphone if you aren’t actively using Dragon for a while.  For this to be effective, the microphone state needs to be “OFF”, i.e. not just asleep.  In its “OFF” state, the microphone on the Dragon bar should be coloured red and lie horizontally.

To switch off the microphone, you can say “Microphone Off” or just click the microphone icon on the Dragon Bar, or use the keyboard hot key, usually the + key on your number pad.

 

 

 

Q. Can I use Dragon in Gmail or other web based systems?

A. For email, Dragon works best in Microsoft Outlook, so if you use Dragon intensively and have any choice in the matter, this is the best way to go.  If you still prefer to use Gmail or other alternatives, it can be more effective to use the Dragon “dictation box” when composing messages and replies etc.

To do this,

  • get the cursor into the message window
  • say “Show Dictation Box”
  • The dictation box is displayed as in this example
  • Just dictate your message in this box and perform any corrections and editing
  • Say “Transfer” or click the Transfer button.  This transfers your text from the dictation box back to the email message.
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