Dragon top tips & commands

Published by: SpeechWrite Digital at 30th July 2019

Learning to dictate effectively using Dragon Voice Recognition can be a steep learning curve for some. However, this is often caused by lack of training. By using our guide below, you can minimise the time it takes for you to get up and running and dictating efficiently.

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.

The Learning Centre

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?”

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.

Controlling 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 dialogue).

– 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.

When Dragon misrecognizes something you dictated,

you can say “Correct that” or “Correct <xyz>” — <xyz> 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). Note: Dragon may offer to also perform an optimisation of your profile.

Learning More

At first, focus on getting used to dictating fluently and refining the vocabulary. Over time, you can learn to do more and more by voice.

At any time, you can search the Help with a direct command such as “Search Help for hotkey options.”

You can also use the Help menu.

Dragon Commands

Click for a full list of Dragon Commands


For information on Dragon Voice Recognition click here, alternatively, please e-mail us on enquiries@speechwrite.com

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