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Controlling your Computer by Voice

Many Voicebrook customers are under the assumption that VoiceOver is built to navigate their Anatomic Pathology systems and workflows, and those people would be correct! However, many may not be aware that they can also control their entire computer using built-in Dragon Voice commands. 

VoiceOver's workflow-based "Personality" commands are scripted to perform multiple actions to quickly and easily navigate your AP systems, but you can also open programs and files, switch between open programs, dictate emails, dictate Word documents, and control or dictate into most applications on your computer. 

HELLOCOMPUTERThe Dragon speech recognition engine has a vast number of built in commands for a multitude of the most commonly used programs. For instance, if you have a Microsoft Word document on your desktop named 'My Bills', you can say "Open My Bills". When you are in the document, you can use all the same navigation used for standard workflow dictation; general dictation and template use, selecting words by voice, copying and pasting, inserting the cursor before or after a word or phrase, etc. 

You can open Programs in your computer's Desktop or Start Menu:

  • "Open Microsoft Word 2010"
  • "Open Internet Explorer"
  • "Open Notepad"

You can also open files, folders, or shortcuts on your computer's desktop:

  • "Open My Computer"
  • "Open My Files"
  • "Open Webmail"

When you have multiple windows or programs open you can switch between the active windows by saying "Switch to" and the name of the program or file as it is seen in that windows header. So if you have a single Word Document open named 'My Bills', then the header of the window might be 'My Bills - Microsoft Word', so you could say "Switch to Microsoft Word" or be more specific if there are multiple Word documents open and instead say "Switch to My Bills". 

When you want to close an active window, you can say "Close Window". You can also say "Minimize Window" and then bring the window back by using the "Switch to" and the document or program name command (ex. "Switch to Microsoft Word"). 

And these are just a few common examples of how VoiceOver can be used with the Dragon speech recognition engine. There really are few limitations to what you can control or dictate into  using speech recognition.

Speech recognition is making its way on to our smart phones, tablets, game consoles, cars, and even our TVs. Eventually, it will be as common as using a keyboard and mouse. 

So as you can see, there is more to this speech recognition thing then just your standard workflow. 

This post was dictated entirely using speech recognition. :-) Yup, that too ("smiley-face"). 

Topics: Speech Recognition Tips and Tricks Dragon