How to use Speech Recognition in Windows

Applies to: Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 & Windows RT 8.1



Watch this video about how to use Speech Recognition to get around your PC. (To view captions, tap or click the Closed captioning button
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Watch this video about how to use dictation with Speech Recognition. (To view captions, tap or click the Closed captioning button
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Windows Speech Recognition makes using a keyboard and mouse optional. You can control your PC with your voice and dictate text instead.

 
Set up Speech Recognition

There are a few steps you need to take before you can start using Speech Recognition. First, you'll need to set up a microphone. Then, you can train your PC to recognize your voice.

To set up a microphone

Before you set up Speech Recognition, make sure you've plugged the microphone into your PC so the following steps work.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)

    You can also open Search with a keyboard by pressing Windows logo key  + Q.

  2. Enter Set up a microphone in the search box, and then tap or click Set up a microphone.

  3. Follow the instructions on the screen.

To train your PC to recognize your speech

Speech Recognition uses a special voice profile to recognize your voice and spoken commands. The more you use Speech Recognition, the more detailed your voice profile becomes-and that should improve your PC's ability to understand you.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)

    You can also open Search with a keyboard by pressing Windows logo key  + Q.

  2. Enter Speech Recognition in the search box, and then tap or click Speech Recognition.

  3. Tap or click Train your computer to better understand you.

  4. Follow the instructions in the Speech Recognition Voice Training.


Windows 7


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.

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.

Set up your microphone
  1. Open Speech Recognition by clicking the Start button 
    The Start button
    , clicking Control Panel, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Speech Recognition.
  2. Click Set up microphone.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen.