Microsoft has included many features in Windows intended to make it easier to use for everyone. One such feature, present since Windows Vista, is a free, built-in speech recognition system that, once activated, can be used in nearly every Windows application, including the Microsoft Office suite, for both commands and dictation.
Click Start and type "speech" without quotation marks.
Select "Start Speech Recognition" from the results. The Speech Recognitition bar opens.
Complete the setup process using the on-screen wizard.
Click the gray button labeled with a microphone icon. It turns blue, indicating that speech recognition is active.
Launch the Microsoft Office application you wish to use.
Begin speaking commands or dictating text into the microphone.
- If the system is having trouble recognizing your speech, try running through the tutorial, which trains the system on your voice.
- Information in this article applies to Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
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