Built-in Computer Voice Recognition


Speech Recognition in Windows

listening.JPGSpeech recognition is built into Windows 7, 8, and 10 and allows the user to dictate directly into Microsoft Word and control some aspects of the computer. No WiFi connection is needed though the speech recognition option works best if the user completes the tutorial. You can use your voice to control your computer. You can say commands that the computer will respond to, and you can dictate text to the computer. For more information about what you can do with Windows Speech Recognition, see What can I do with Speech Recognition?


Before you get started using Speech Recognition, you'll need to set up your computer for Windows Speech Recognition. There are three steps to setting up Speech Recognition: set up your microphone, learn how to talk to your computer, and train your computer to understand your speech.

Before you get started, make sure that your microphone is connected to your computer.
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Set up your microphone

  1. Open Speech Recognition by clicking the Start button
    The Start button
    The Start button
    > All Programs> Accessories> Ease of Access> Speech Recognition.
  2. Click Set up microphone.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen


Teach yourself how to talk to your computer

Windows comes with a speech training tutorial to help teach you the commands used with Speech Recognition. The tutorial takes about 30 minutes to complete. Follow the steps below to run the speech training tutorial:
  1. Open Speech Recognition by clicking the Start button
    The Start button
    The Start button
    , clicking Control Panel, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Speech Recognition.
  2. Click Take Speech Tutorial.
  3. Follow the instructions in the Speech Recognition tutorial.

Train your computer to recognize your speech

Speech Recognition uses a unique voice profile to recognize your voice and spoken commands. As you use Speech Recognition, your voice profile gets more detailed, which should improve your computer's ability to understand you.
  1. Open Speech Recognition by clicking the Start button
    The Start button
    The Start button
    , clicking Control Panel, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Speech Recognition.
  2. Click Train your computer to better understand you.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen.

Windows 7
Click the Start Button , windowslogo.JPGclick Control Panel, and click Speech Recognition.
This page below will open with active links. A head set works best.
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Windows 8
  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and then tap Search. (if you're using a mouse, point to the upper right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)
  2. Enter speech recognition in the search box, tap or click Settings, and then tap or click Speech Recognition.
  3. Tap or click Take Speech Tutorial.
  4. Follow the instruction in the Speech Recognition tutorial.

Windows 10
In the Search box (lower left corner) type "speech recognition" and follow the wizard (start with the "Set Up Microphone" option).

Apple
macmic.JPGVoice Recognition on a Mac
Follow the directions below to set up voice recognition. Once is has been set up in the system preference, it will not need to be done again. Voice recognition works without the need for Wifi, and in a Mac, does not require training.

Set Up
  1. From the Apple Tray choose System Preferences.
  2. Double click on the Dictation & Speech icon (lower row).
  3. Click the ON Button by Dictation and check "Use Enhanced Dictation."
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To Use Dictation
Open a word processor such as Microsoft Word 2011 or Pages.
Drag down the Edit menu to Start Dictation or press the Fn key twice. A microphone will appear when the system is ready.
Stop dictation by pressing the FN key twice.