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Published on 02.08.08 by Brent Trahan

How to Use Speech Recognition

Learn how to use Speech Recognition in Windows Vista to dictate text or give commands by speaking to the computer.

A little known feature introduced in most versions of Windows Vista is Speech Recognition. Speech Recognition enables you to speak to the computer and it’ll type what you say. It also does what you tell it to do by simply speaking commands.

Speech Recognition can be a little tricky to use if you don’t know how to properly use it. This guide attempts to show you everything you need to give you a big head start in using Speech Recognition in Windows Vista.

How to Use Speech Recognition

Set up Speech Recognition

Before you can use Speech Recognition it needs to be set up so that it works properly.

To get started, read the Speech Recognition set up guide. It shows you how to set the microphone type, volume level, and necessary settings for Speech Recognition to work properly.

Train Speech Recognition

Once Speech Recognition has been set up you need to train it. When you train Speech Recognition it learns your voice and accent so that it can understand you better. It also teaches you a few things about Speech Recognition while you train it.

Using Speech Recognition

Once Speech Recognition has been set up and trained it’s ready to use. You might want to go through the Speech Recognition tutorial (open Speech Recognition in the Control Panel (classic view) and then click Take Speech Tutorial) a few times until you’re comfortable using Speech Recognition.

Once you’ve got the hang of things it’s a good idea to study the command reference to really get the most out of Speech Recognition.

Keep in mind that the more you use Speech Recognition the easier it is to use and the better it gets at interpreting what you say. It helps a lot when you correct Speech Recognition the way the Speech Tutorial shows you how because Speech Recognition can learn from its mistakes when you correct it properly.

Speech Recognition Settings

If you have more than one person who need to use Speech Recognition on the same computer you should read the Speech Recognition Profiles guide to learn how to manage multiple profiles in Speech Recognition on the same computer.

If Speech Recognition will be used regularly or not on the computer you might want or not want Speech Recognition to start when Windows starts.

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