To set up your computer for Windows Speech Recognition, you need to do three things: set up your microphone, learn how to talk to your computer, and train your computer to understand your speech.

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Set up your microphone

  1. Open Speech Recognition Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Speech Recognition Options.

  2. Click Set up microphone.

  3. Follow the instructions in the wizard.

Note

  • The speech recognition rate is directly related to the quality of the microphone you use. The two most common types of microphones for Speech Recognition are headset microphones and desktop microphones. Headset microphones are best suited for working with Speech Recognition because they are less prone to picking up extraneous sounds. For more information about microphones, go to the Microsoft website and search for "microphone."

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, so make sure that you have enough uninterrupted free time to complete it. Follow the steps below to run the speech training tutorial:

  1. Open Speech Recognition Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Speech Recognition Options.

  2. Click Take Speech Tutorial.

  3. Follow the instructions in the Speech Recognition Tutorial.

Train your computer to recognize your speech

  1. Open Speech Recognition Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Speech Recognition Options.

  2. Click Train your computer to better understand you.

  3. Follow the instructions in the wizard.

Note

  • Speech Recognition is available only in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.