Dictate text using Speech Recognition

Applies to: Windows 7

You can use your voice to dictate text to your Windows PC. For example, you can dictate text to fill out online forms; or you can dictate text to a word-processing program, such as WordPad, to type a letter.

Dictating text


When you speak into the microphone, Windows Speech Recognition converts your spoken words into text that appears on your screen.

To dictate text

  1. Open Speech Recognition by clicking the Start button
    The Start button
    , clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Windows Speech Recognition.
  2. Say "start listening" or click the Microphone button to start the listening mode.
  3. Open the program you want to use or select the text box you want to dictate text into.
  4. Say the text that you want dictate.