A complete step-by-step guide for Dragon Users - Part 1
- 1 hour on-demand video
- 34 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
Get your team access to 4,000+ top Udemy courses anytime, anywhere.Try Udemy for Business
- Everything you need to know about dictating text in less than 60 minutes
- Dragon Professional
- Dragon Home
- Dragon Speak
- A laptop and installed copy of Dragon Professional or Dragon Home
This is part 1 of 3 and covers how to
install and configure Dragon
setup your profile
dictate, format and delete text
add custom words and phrases to your Dragon vocabulary
the difference between dictating text and commands
loading and safely closing Dragon
Although there are two more advanced modules available, this course covers what most people want to do - dictate text! - and you will be confidently doing this in less than 60 minutes.
The average typing speed is 30-40 words a minute - follow this course and you will be working three times faster!
- Businesses looking to improve productivity
- University students with dyslexia
- Office workers who cannot use a keyboard due to arthritis or RSI
- Business Professionals
Thank you for choosing this course!
This is a quick introduction as I know you'll want to get started dictating! Please take a moment to check how to set up your profile, the quick setup guide and the helpful hints section - it won't take long and will help you with the rest of the course!
There is a downloadable transcription of each lecture in PDF format.
This lecture covers setting up your user profile and looks at the settings. I've specified a UK vocabulary but of course, you may select differently. The UK version mainly covers the differences in punctuation and spellings for UK and US writers.
If your accuracy level drops suddenly, try re-tuning the microphone first with this step.
Dragon is a brilliant tool to help people who struggle to write due to dyslexia. It is important to use the proof reading tools available though and this module describes how Dragon can help. I also look at several other apps that can work alongside Dragon and provide even more help!
A bit of fun to finish
Try dictating the text in the downloadable file exactly as you see it!
Don’t forget to time yourself when you try this out!
Please try dictating this text exactly as you see it, complete with punctuation and formatting. As you do so, please do not worry
about correcting any Dragon recognition errors, even though I have previously said that I tend to correct these as I go along!
The idea here is to find out how quickly you can type with your voice...
When you have finished, please count how many mistakes Dragon has made and calculate your typing speed in words per minute; if you are not sure about the number of words, this can be found at the bottom left corner of your Microsoft Word window.
Then feel free to comment via the forum and let me know how long you took and how many mistakes Dragon made...
I will build an unofficial league table if enough entries are received, but I am obviously relying on your honesty here!
Everything contained within this text was covered during the modules on this course, so I hope that nothing will come as a surprise to you, and I would expect Dragon to be very accurate when you dictate this text.
I’m now going to include the example of the phrase Health & Safety and suggested in the short video introduction to this, that you add this phrase manually to your vocabulary before you start. In this way you can simply say health and safety and have Dragon format it as shown here. To do this, you will need to identify a different spoken form and written form in the Dragon vocabulary.
Have you tried dictating your name yet? Remember that if Dragon gets one name right and one name wrong, that best practice is to correct both names together. In this way, Dragon learns that you often use these words together.
This text is 507 words long and in theory, should take you about five minutes to dictate. This is at a speed of 100 words a minute, although you may be able to achieve 120 words a minute. This sounds like you are speaking very quickly, but it is only two words a second!
Also remember that you don’t need to talk all the time as you are reading this text. If you try this, you are more likely to stumble. Instead, try reading a piece of the text and pausing briefly before you dictate it, then read the next piece and dictate it, and so on.
It will be very interesting for me to hear how you get on, and if you should have any problems, I will do my best to help you.
I hope that you have found this course helpful!
If you would like to find out more on using Dragon with Microsoft Outlook, Google Chrome, or controlling your computer by voice, another course will be available shortly...
Thank you again, I look forward to the possibility of hearing from you