Turn on dictation for all programs

Some programs might not automatically accept text dictation. If you want to dictate text into programs that don't automatically accept dictation, you can use Windows Speech Recognition to turn on dictation in those programs.

  1. Open Speech Recognition by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Windows Speech Recognition.

  2. Say "Show Speech Options," say "Options," and then say "Enable dictation everywhere."


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