Dragon 15 and Firefox

Compatibility of Dragon and Firefox

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Sometime last year it became impossible to properly work in Firefox with Dragon. The existing plug-in/extension stopped working. Apparently Mozilla decided to change something essential in an update to Firefox, causing the Dragon extension to become inoperable. A great disappointment, since for many people Firefox is the preferred Internet browser.

With the advent of the update to Dragon Professional Individual 15.3 a new Firefox extension for Dragon has been released. This new extension allows you to click links by voice. It also promises Full Text Control in suitable browser edit fields (lijk Gmail), but I’ve found this NOT to be the case. Very unfortunate, that. However, you can still use the dictation box (say:”open dictation box”) to enter your text with Full Text Control.

In this video I’ll show you how to check if you have the Firefox web extension installed and, if not, how to install and activate it from scratch.

This is the link you need to copy and paste into your Firefox address bar:

Janneke den Draak

Janneke den Draak

Hi, I'm Janneke and I'm your go-to person for Dragon and Apple speech recognition software help.

When I got severe repetitive strain injury issues over 20 years ago, I didn't want to give up using the computer. So I learned all about controlling the PC with speech recognition and dictating my documents and emails.

I've now been a speech recognition software trainer and consultant for almost two decades, teaching over 2000 people handsfree productivity!

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  • Hi,
    I have installed the Firefox extension and using Dragon naturally speaking for individual professional 15.3 with the latest UPdate.
    However I have seen that the r extension is installed in the Firefox, the symbol is also visible, it is also enable but it is not working properly

    When I speak, voice is converted into the text, but it is not available on the address bar of the Firefox or on the search bar of Google search engine

    It is requested to help in this matter

    • Hi Chetan,

      Unfortunately it seems that although the firefox extension does provide the possibility to click links by voice, it does NOT provide full text control in the edit fields in the browser.

      You’ll have to rely on the dictation box, as far as I know. Sorry not to have a more helpful reply to you.

  • Thank you so much for this – I was going round in circles trying to install direct from Nuance. Done now!

  • I have Windows 7 Home Premium and use Microsoft Office 2010, and firefox browser version 81.0.2 – My question is will Dragon Home version 15 work for me and can I use firefox browser for chatrooms and Instant messaging?

    • Hi Tony,

      I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to your question. I have written a post on why I do not advise the Home edition of Dragon.

      I do not own a copy of the Home edition and also no longer have a Win7 machine. I’m also only ever using an up-to-date version of Firefox. So there’s no way for me to figure out if that particular combination of software would work. I also wouldn’t know if Dragon Pro Individual 15 would work with your Firefox version. Dragon should still work on Windows 7, though.

      Sorry that I can’t help you with your question.

      • I am thinking of getting an older version of Dragon, which is Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 12.0, English it says it is compatible with Microsoft Office 2010 and Firefox but much earlier version of firefox 18 back in 2012 – I have firefox version 81.0.2 – do you think that is a better choice. I mainly need a Dragon software for Microsoft Office 2010 and for firefox the browser I use.

      • Hi Tony,

        Honestly, I can’t say whether it will work, but I suspect you’ll have problems with getting Dragon to work with Firefox.

        All bets are off when using older versions of software. I know that Dragon and Firefox stopped playing nice with each other at some point in time and they now work well together from Dragon 15.3 (Professional) onwards.

        The caveat always is that, depending how the site itself is put together, Dragon via its web extension can access some links and some it can’t access.

        Anyway, I digress somewhat. The long and short of it is that I simply don’t know if your combination of software will work, but my best guess is that it won’t work well with Firefox. I’m happy to be proven wrong, though.

  • Thank you So Much Janneke,

    I just installed my Premium Copy today. It looked great, but when I Went to install Plug-in for Firefox it kept saying it was a Corrupt File. But, after downloading the Link you posted, It forced an Install anyway prompt that wasn’t available when I was following the install screens to the same plugin when I started Firefox. It looks like it’s working fine now. I really stink when it comes to typing. This is going to be my saving grace if I can get the learning curve.

    • Hi Erik,

      Glad to hear you got it working!

      And thanks for letting me know the info on my site was helpful.

      Happy dictating!

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