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Topic Title: Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?
Topic Summary: It is better to turn Dragon off than to send it to sleep...
Created On: 04/01/2020 04:02 PM
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 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - Ag - 04/01/2020 04:02 PM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - Alan Cantor - 04/01/2020 04:34 PM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - Lunis Orcutt - 04/01/2020 05:13 PM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - PG LTU - 04/01/2020 06:19 PM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - Ag - 04/02/2020 10:26 AM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - Alan Cantor - 04/02/2020 11:05 AM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - Ag - 04/03/2020 08:37 PM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - PG LTU - 04/02/2020 11:12 AM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - Ag - 04/09/2020 11:02 PM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - Ag - 05/20/2020 08:47 PM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - Ag - 06/19/2020 05:23 PM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - Lunis Orcutt - 06/19/2020 11:05 PM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - Ag - 06/20/2020 06:55 PM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - jmcvay - 06/20/2020 03:29 PM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - Ag - 06/20/2020 08:06 PM  
 Has anyone written a timeout command to turn the Dragon mic off?   - Ag - 06/20/2020 08:13 PM  
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Alan Cantor
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It's far from ideal if you must press the Fn key to access a frequently-accessed hotkey. I would go so far as to say that pressing and/or holding any kind of modifier key (Fn, Shift, Ctrl, Alt, or Win) is not the best option for Dragon hotkeys.

Compact keyboards usually have more keys accessed by pressing and holding "Fn" -- so you may need a creative solution.

If the Function keys are mapped to media keys on your computer (e.g., press F5 to increase speaker volume), consider which set of keys you need more: the media keys or the function keys. For me, function keys are much more valuable than media keys, so I permanently disabled them via the Bios. But pne of my clients wanted the media keys, so we had far fewer options for Dragon hotkeys.

In recent months I have mapped these 14 unmodified keys, via Dragon, to toggle the microphone. All seem to work:

All 12 function keys.
Insert key
Pause key

NumLock and ScrollLock can be assigned, but I'd be wary of using them. I would advise against using Home, End, Page Up, Page Down, and the four arrow keys, as there may be conflicts with built-in Dragon scripts that send these keys.

Since you are using AutoHotkey, review your scripts for key conflicts with Dragon. It might make sense to shut down AutoHotkey before assigning Dragon hotkeys, reenable AutoHotkey, and then test to discover the conflicts. Then change the AutoHotkey assignments.

For one client, we really did run out of keys, so I used an X-Keys (a programmable keypad). We were forced to use a weird key combination in Dragon that involved two modifier keys at once. With the X-Keys, my client only had to press a single key to activiate/deactivate the microphone instead of three.
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