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I am using Dragon Naturally Speaking 12.5 on Windows.

I'm fairly proficient with it, but came across an issue.  I am having to dictate the word "period", as in 'accounting period' or 'fiscal period'.

DNS always hears 'period' as a command and inserts a 'full stop' / dot, but I want it to occasionally actually type the word.

I know I can say "Spell" and spell out the word, but it is obviously a bit tedious to constantly say "spell p e r i o d".

Is there some shortcut to have it type out words that are reserved for commands?

Reviewing the help file, every mention of "period" seems to be related to the command, and I'm not seeing any tips on how to spell out the words reserved by commands.
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Hi, I only touched on this briefly when installing  Guile 3D Denise on a client computer
 You can click the Train button to teach Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Or you say the phrase “What Can I Say” to run the voice command.
Voice command names should consist of two or more words as
this makes for a more natural command set and limits confusion with
dictation words.
Probably the best fix is to use the scripting.
try these
http://speechrecsolutions.com/BuildingCommands/buildingcommands.htm
http://nuance.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2517/~/creating-custom-commands-in-dragon-naturallyspeaking-professional-version-6.
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Thanks.

DNS 12.5 appears to have removed or dramatically changed the custom commands option.  Even the help file has instructions that can't be performed on the new Commands window.

There is a post on the Nuance forums that recommends creating a custom vocabulary word such as "periodliteral" that will output "period".  

I received a response on the Nuance forum that indicated that some versions of DNS will dictate the word "period".  But in testing with 12.5, it seems those situations are limited by the word following "period".

So it will dictate:

"The fiscal period will need to be changed"
"The fiscal period was closed on June 30th"
"The second fiscal period is June"

But will not dictate:

"The second fiscal period just concluded"  (Output:  The second fiscal. Just concluded.)
"The fiscal period would need to be changed"  (Output:  The fiscal. Would need to be changed)


It seems that there is no option to override / suppress commands or force dictation of command words, so the alternate vocabulary option seems to be the most practical approach for command words that need to regularly be dictated.
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Found one workaround on the Nuance forums.

DNS 12.5 appears to have made it more difficult to dictate command words or create workarounds for dictating command words.
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