FAQs - Dragon Medical Practice Edition for Mac

Here is a list of common dictation commands and a description of their basic functions. This does not include pre-configured Application commands for controlling Safari, TextEdit, iCal, Mail, and others.

For additional lists and descriptions of commands, please check, MacSpeech/Dragon Dictate User Manual / workbook, or Quickstart Guide (all available under the Help menu in Dictate).

DICTATION COMMANDS FUNCTION
Capitalize the Word[s] "text" [through/to "text"] Capitalizes the instance of the word or phrase spoken that is closest to the insertion point.
Delete the Word[s] "text" [through/to "text"] Deletes the instance of the word or phrase spoken that is closest to the insertion point.
Go to Beginning Goes to the Beginning of the current document.
Go to End Goes to the end of the current dictation session.
Insert After the Word[s] "text" [through/to "text"] Moves the insertion point to just after the word or phrase you said.
Insert Before the Word[s] "text" [through/to "text"] Moves the insertion point to just before the word or phrase you said.
Lowercase the Word[s] "text" [through/to "text"] Makes all characters lowercase in the instance of the word or phrase spoken that is closest to the insertion point.
Move Backward [1-99] Words Moves cursor back 1 to 99 words (Punctuation marks count as words)
Move Forward [1-99] Words Moves cursor forward 1 to 99 words. (Punctuation marks count as words)
Move to Beginning of Document Moves cursor to the beginning of the current document.
Move to End of Document Moves cursor to the End of the current dictation session.
New Line Presses the Return key once.
New Paragraph Presses the Return key twice.
No Space Types next word without a space before it.
Select the Word[s] "text" [through/to "text"] Selects the instance of the word or phrase spoken that is closest to the insertion point.
Scratch That / Forget That Deletes the last phrase you said, or to the left of where you insert the cursor.
Scratch Word / Forget Word Deletes the last word you said, or to the left of where you insert the cursor.
Select All Selects all text.
Train the Word[s] "text" [through/to "text"] Selects, corrects the specified words in text, and trains them into profile as specified words are re-dictated.
Uppercase the Word[s] "text" [through/to "text"] Makes all characters uppercase in the instance of the word or phrase spoken that is closest to the insertion point.
 
PHRASE TRAINING COMMANDS FUNCTION
Choose "1" (or "2", etc.) Chooses the specified item # in the Recognition window as the spoken and recognized phrase.
Pick "1" (or "2", etc.) Corrects the selected text with the word or phrase that is item 1 (or 2, etc.) in the Recognition window.
Edit "1" (or "2", etc.) Allows you to edit item 1 (or 2, etc.) in the Recognition Window.
Cancel Edit Cancels all edits and restores all items in the Recognition window.
Press Play Plays audio of most recent word or phrase dictated.
Hide Recognition Window Closes the Recognition window.
Show Recognition Window Opens the Recognition window.
 
MACSPEECH DICTATE WINDOW COMMANDS FUNCTION
Show Status Window Shows the Status window for MacSpeech Dictate.
Hides the Status window for MacSpeech Dictate. Hides the Status window for MacSpeech Dictate.
Show Available Commands Window Shows the Available Commands window for MacSpeech Dictate.
Hide Available Commands Window Hides the Available Commands window for MacSpeech Dictate.
Bring Dictate to the Front Makes Dictate the frontmost application.
Show Recognition Window Opens the Recognition window.
Hide Recognition Window Closes the Recognition window.
 
CAPITALIZATION COMMANDS FUNCTION
Caps On Turns on capitalizing the first letter of every word.
Caps Off Turns off capitalizing the first letter of every word.
Cap Capitalizes the next word spoken.
All Caps Types the next word spoken in CAPS.
All Caps On Makes every word CAPS.
All Caps Off Returns capitalization to normal.
No Caps Makes the next word spoken lower case.
No Caps On Makes the following text lowercase until turned off.
No Caps Off Returns capitalization to normal.
Capitalize the Word[s] "text" [through/to "text"] Capitalizes the identified word or phrase spoken that is closest to the insertion point.
 
NO SPACE COMMANDS FUNCTION
No Space On Turns the No Space mode on, so there is no space between words.
No Space Off Turns the No Space mode off
No Space Types the next word
 
BUTTON/KEYBOARD COMMANDS FUNCTION
Press Cancel Press the Cancel Button.
Press Don't Save Press the Don't Save Button.
Press OK Press the OK Button.
Cancel This Operation Cancels the current operation.
Save This Document Mimics a Command-S keypress; Saves frontmost document in most apps.
 
MENU COMMANDS FUNCTION
File New Selects the New menu item on the File Menu.
File Open Selects the Open menu item on the File Menu.
File Close Selects the Close menu item on the File Menu.
Undo Last Action Undoes the last action. Same as using keyboard, so Scratch That or Undo Dictation are preferred.
Redo Last Action Redo last action reverses the effect of the "Undo Last Action" command.
About this Application Displays information about the frontmost application.
Access Find Window Opens the Find window.
Access Force Quit Window Opens the Force Quit window.
Show Date and Time Displays a dialog box with the date and time stamp.
 
APPLICATION LAUNCH/QUITCOMMANDS FUNCTION
Activate [Application Name] Activates (Opens/Launches) the named application.
Open [Application Name] Opens (Activates/Launches) the named application.
Launch [Application Name] Launches (Opens/Activates) the named application.
Quit [Application Name] Quits (Kills) the named application.
Kill [Application Name] Kills (Quits) the named application.
 
WEB FUNCTION
Jump To[Web site name] Jumps to one of the Web 100; A list of one hundred commonly used web sites.
 
PUNCTUATION COMMANDS FUNCTION
Ampersand &
Apostrophe '
Apostrophe ess 's
Asterisk *
At Sign @
Back Slash \
Back Quote / Backtick '
Caret ^
Cents Sign ¢
Close Angle Bracket >
Close Brace }
Close Bracket (US Only) ]
Close Square Bracket (All Dialects) [
Close Euro Quote (
Close Parenthesis (All Dialects)
Close Bracket (Non-US Dialects)
)
Close Quote " (close curly quote)
Close Single Quote '
Colon :
Comma ,
Copyright Sign ©
Dash --
Degree Sign °
Dollar Sign $
Dot .
Ellipsis ...
Em Dash ---
En Dash --
Equals Sign =
Euro Sign
Exclamation Mark (All Dialects)
Exclamation Point (US Only)
!
Forward Slash /
Full Stop (all dialects) .
Greater Than Sign >
Hash Sign (Non-US dialects) #
Hyphen -
Left Angle Bracket <
Less Than Sign <
Minus Sign -
New Line (one carriage return)
New Paragraph (two carriage returns)
Number Sign (US Only) #
Open Angle Bracket <
Open Brace {
Open Bracket (US Only)
Open Square Bracket (All Dialects)
[
Open Euro Quote (
Open Parenthesis (All Dialects)
Open Bracket (Non-US Dialects)
(
Open Quote " (open curly quote)
Open Single Quote ' (open single quote)
Percent Sign %
Period (US only) .
Plus Sign +
Point .
Pound Sign (US Only) #
Pound Sign (non-US Dialects)
Pound Sterling Sign (US Only)
£
Question Mark ?
Registered Sign ®
Right Angle Bracket >
Section Sign §
Semi Colon ;
Sharp Sign (Non-US Dialects) #
Slash /
Space Bar (the space character)
Tab Key (the tab character)
Tilde ~
Trademark Sign
Underscore _
Vertical Bar |
 
CHAT COMMANDS FUNCTION
Send Message Sends the current message.
Smiley Face :-)
Frowny Face :-(
Winky Face ;-)
   
 
SPELLING MODE - EXAMPLES FUNCTION
a b c abc
1 2 3 EXCLAMATION POINT 123!
a SPACEBAR b SPACEBAR c a b c
a b CAP c abC
a b c SCRATCH THAT ab
a b c MOVE BACKWARD 1 CHARACTER d abdc
 
TEXT EDITING COMMANDS FUNCTION
Cache Document Prepares pasted text from other applications for editing by dictation.
Cache Selection Prepares the selected text for navigation by voice or editing by dictation.
Copy Selection Copies the selected text.
Cut Selection Cuts the selected text.
Next Field Performs the Purge Cache command, then tabs to next field in current application.
No Leading Space Only for words already dictated -- All spaces are removed before the word immediately after the cursor or left edge of the selection.
Paste From Clipboard Pastes text from clipboard.
Previous Field Performs the Purge Cache command, then tabs to previous field in current application.
Purge Cache Commits dictated text to an existing document.
Redo Last Action Tells active application to perform most recent action again.
Undo Last Action Tells active application to undo most recent action. Equal to Cmd-Z keyboard shortcut in many applications.
Select All Selects all text.
KEY COMMANDS FUNCTION
Press The Key [keyname] Enters the keyname as though the key had been pressed on the keyboard. Keynames are alphabet keys, numbers, function key F1 - F20, or other named keys
Press The Key Combo [modifiers][keyname] Enters the modifier keys, plus the keyname, as though they had been pressed on the keyboard. Modifiers are Control, Shift, Command, Option, Function and Capslock. Keynames are alphabet keys, numbers, function key F1 - F20, or other named keys.
TAGS: MacSpeech

How to spell words letter by letter on my Mac

MacSpeech Dictate Medical 1.5.xDragon Dictate for Mac and the New Dragon Dictate Medical for Mac allow the user to spell words letter by letter using the standard alphabet or the International Radio Alphabet.

In order to use Dictate to spell words out letter by letter, switch to Spelling Mode.  To switch to Spelling Mode, do one of the following actions:

  • Say "Spelling Mode".
  • Choose "Spelling Mode" from the Status window mode menu.
  • Choose "Spelling Mode" from the Speech menu.
  • Choose "Spelling Mode" from the Dock menu.
  • Press the keyboard shortcut for cycling between modes and change to "Spelling Mode".

When in Spelling Mode, Dragon Dictate will type individual letters, numbers and punctuation that you say (unless it is recognized a command).  If Dragon Dictate does not recognize what was said as a letter, number, punctuation or a command while in Spelling Mode, nothing will happen.  Also note that no automatic spaces are inserted while in Spelling Mode.

 

Instead of dictating the letter itself, it is also possible to use the International Radio Alphabet.  To use this, say the corresponding word for the letter:

  • Alpha
  • Beta
  • Charlie
  • Delta
  • Echo
  • Foxtrot
  • Golf
  • Hotel
  • India
  • Juliet
  • Kilo
  • Lima
  • Mike
  • November
  • Oscar
  • Papa
  • Quebec
  • Romeo
  • Sierra
  • Tango
  • Uniform
  • Victor
  • Whiskey
  • X-ray
  • Yankee
  • Zulu

 

For more information on changing modes and using Spelling Mode in Dictate, please see the product User Manual or just give us a call.  We are always happy to walk you through the basics. As always, technical support is free with us at www.dragontranscription.com