Which version of Nuance Dragon Professional will be compatible with Microsoft Word 2013?

Hello and Good Morning Everyone,

           I currently have Microsoft Word 2013 and wish to use a voice-to-text dictation program, namely, Nuance Dragon Professional, for this application which brings me to the crux of this question.  Which version of Dragon Professional will be compatible with MS Word 2013?  My operating system is Windows 10 just in case this information is needed.  

           Thank you

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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi George,

> Which version of Dragon Professional will be compatible with MS Word 2013?

Dragon Professional Individual 15 is compatible with Word 2013 on Windows 10, as shown in this Nuance knowledge base article:

I think that the first version of Dragon that was compatible with W10 was v13, as stated in this other Nuance KB article:

Regards, Joe
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Office 2013 is fully compatible with Windows 10, so use the newest version of Dragon Professional (V15 I think).
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
Dragon types what you say instead of typing it out yourself. Technically speaking it only depends on the OS because from there you can use it in almost any application.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> Technically speaking it only depends on the OS because from there you can use it in almost any application.

Yes, in theory, but there have been problems historically, which is why it's always a good idea to research the particular version of Word that you want to use with it. For example, the article below shows that Select-and-Say fails, with words being printed twice or general poor recognition, in MS Word 2010:

Also, it's possible to have navigation errors in MS Word, which is one reason that Nuance provides its own DragonPad app. For example, here's an error that can occur on the Mac in MS Word versions other than 2011 and 2016:

This is, of course, not the case for George's Word 2013 on W10, but just an example of why you do need to be cognizant of OS and Word version. Regards, Joe
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
If you want to use tab controls but you can use it fine without those add-ins.

In-fact it seems that 12 doesn't even have add-in for Word, only for Excel at-least that's how it is on my Wife's laptop on which she uses Dragon 8+ hours per day
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

           Thank you for taking the time to address my question.  I especially appreciate the research, detail, and in-depth information provided by Joe.  His narration used in conjunction with the Nuance links certainly did help clear everything up.  

           Thanks again.

Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, George, and thanks to you for the closing comment. Regards, Joe
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