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Microphone control

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Microphone Control: overview

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Before you can dictate, you need to know how to turn Dragon's microphone on and off.

The DragonBar shows you what you can do with Dragon's microphone by both color and the position. For example:

Mic Off Off: no dictation available

Mic On On/Listening: Dragon is ready to accept dictation and commands


Sleeping Sleeping: Dragon ignores everything except the "Wake Up" or "Listen To Me" commands

There are several ways to control the microphone:


Mic Off Mic On You can click the microphone button on the DragonBar or click the microphone icon in the Windows taskbar.


Press the plus key (+) on the numeric keypad.

Pressing a key is often quicker than moving and clicking the mouse.

You can change which key controls Dragon's microphone by clicking Tools>Options from the DragonBar and then selecting the Hot Keys tab of the Options dialog box.

Changing the hot key that controls the microphone can be useful if you have a laptop.


Saying "Go To Sleep" or "Stop Listening" temporarily stops the microphone from working.
Dragon ignores everything except the "Wake Up" or "Listen To Me" commands, which turn the microphone back on.
If Dragon’s microphone is off, you cannot turn it on by voice since Dragon cannot “hear” anything at all.

Windows task bar

Click the microphone icon in the Windows task bar to turn the microphone on. Press it again to turn the microphone off.

It's important to get into the habit of turning off the microphone when you are not dictating; otherwise Dragon will pick up (and transcribe) any sounds that it hears. For example, make sure to turn off your microphone before answering the phone or speaking to someone.