Tutorial #9: Customizing Your PowerMic


The PowerMic is a fantastic addition to Dragon Medical and the recommended microphone to use. In order to make the most of its host of versatile features you may want to customize the buttons.

Customizing Your PowerMic

The PowerMic is a high-quality handheld USB microphone which is designed specifically for use with the Dragon software. In addition to being incredibly accurate, the PowerMic is also designed for noise cancellation, making it perfect for use in a bustling clinic. The versatility of the PowerMic is further bolstered by the built-in trackpad and customizable buttons that sit on the ergonomic body of the device.

PowerMic Set-up and Use with Dragon Medical

The PowerMic is highly integrated with the Dragon Medical software, so much so that there is a dedicated tab on the Dragon “Options” window designed for programming the customizable buttons on the PowerMic

NOTE: When using the PowerMic with Dragon, it is necessary to formally select the PowerMic as the sound source for a user profile to have the added tab on the options menu for advanced programming of the buttons on the PowerMic. If you don’t see the tab on your medical version of Dragon, it means the PowerMic wasn’t properly added to your profile   

Customizing your PowerMic Buttons

Your PowerMic comes with preset commands attached to each of the customizable buttons. You can keep those commands as is or you can set your own. To customize your PowerMic buttons, follow the instructions below:

  1. Launch Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4, if it isn't already open, by double clicking the desktop icon, clicking the icon on the taskbar if present, or by simply opening the start menu in windows and typing in "Dragon Medical Practice Edition," and then pressing enter

  2. Once Dragon opens, either select a profile to load or, if you have only one profile, wait for Dragon to load your profile

  3. Open the PowerMic tab in the options menu by clicking on Settings > Options > PowerMic tab

  4. On your PowerMic, push on the button you want to program. You will notice that the corresponding button on the PowerMic picture will turn green and the associated drop down menu to the right will be highlighted

  5. From the drop-down menu, select the function you want to assign to the selected button

  6. If you want to program a button to cause a command to be initiated, go the “User Commands” selection on the drop-down. This will then reveal the last 5 commands you used and any of these can be selected. If necessary, therefore, in advance of programming a button, be sure to use any commands you plan to assign to a PowerMic button

  7. If you plan to program a button to advance sequentially through variable fields in a document, make the appropriate selection from the navigation category of the drop-down menu