Can’t Type? Try Dragon Naturally Speaking

Can’t Type?   There is a great solution.

 Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon

Dragon is similar to the speech recognition apps on smart phones like Siri and Google Voice, but you can train Dragon to recognize your voice and your speech patterns so it gets more and more accurate.  It will even scan the emails in your “Sent” folder to learn your speech patterns. You have to be a little patient in the beginning to correct its mistakes, because that’s how it learns to become more accurate but it’s easy to do.

I have helped several clients with Dragon and I’m currently working with a man who had a stroke several years ago and is using Dragon to write his emails.  I also connected his computer to his big screen TV so he can see the typing better.  He’s really enjoying it and that has inspired me to consider using myself.  I often feel like my hands can’t keep up with my brain.  My typing is fast but makes so many mistakes, especially when I’m journaling or writing Techie Tips.

I used it years ago when I was in Real Estate and it worked in all my apps:  email correspondence in Outlook, web searches, composing documents in Word, and making notes in my contact manager.  The newer version of Dragon is even more accurate and easier to train than before and it’s not very expensive.

Dragon Dictate
You can get the app for your tablet or smartphone too.
iTunes                     Google Play Store

And you can use your smart phone as the microphone for your computer.

 iTunes                      Google Pla

If you, or someone you know, would like to learn how to use Dragon Naturally Speaking, please let me know. 

This is a great way to “make peace with the ups and downs of computer technology.”

  2 comments for “Can’t Type? Try Dragon Naturally Speaking

  1. Nancy Rosenberg
    July 29, 2020 at 1:10 am

    I work for a large bank and am a Mortgage Officer – now working remotely from home due to Covid. I wear hearing aids and have a Lenovo notebook computer. Since I have Essential Tremor, typing is becoming more difficult. I have Dragon Naturally Speaking PREMIUM VERSION 13. The headset is not easy for me. Can you offer some advice?

    • July 30, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      Hi Nancy. I would call Dragon’s customer service and ask them for suggestions. They are very helpful and probably have other customers with similar issues. You aren’t limited to the headset that comes with the software. Any headset that works with a computer will work with Dragon as far a I know. The Dr. who issued you hearing aids might have some ideas also. There may be special headsets for use with hearing aids. Sorry I can’t be more help. I haven’t had experience with this before. All the best to you.

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