With Windows Speech Recognition, you can use your voice to work with windows and programs. Usually, you can just say the command that you want to perform. For example, to minimize all open windows, you can say "show desktop." To see the System Properties dialog box, you can say "right-click Computer," and then say "click Properties."

Note

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

To open Speech Recognition

  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 "start listening" or click the Microphone button to start the listening mode.

Speech Recognition commands for working with windows and programs

The following table shows Speech Recognition commands for working with windows and programs. Words in italic font indicate that you can say many different things in place of the example word or phrase and get useful results.

To do this Say this
To do this

Click any item

Say this

Click File; Click Bold; Click Save; Click Close

To do this

Double-click any item

Say this

Double-click Computer; Double-click Recycle Bin; Double-click folder name

To do this

Right-click any item

Say this

Right-click Computer; Right-click Recycle Bin; Right-click folder name

To do this

Minimize all windows to show your desktop

Say this

Show desktop

To do this

Click something you don't know the name of

Say this

Show numbers (Numbers will appear on the screen for every item in the active window. Say an item's corresponding number to click it.)

To do this

Click a numbered item

Say this

19 OK; 5 OK

To do this

Double-click a numbered item

Say this

Double-click 19; Double-click 5

To do this

Right-click a numbered item

Say this

Right-click 19; Right-click 5

To do this

Open a program

Say this

Open Paint; Open WordPad; Open program name

To do this

Switch to an open program

Say this

Switch to Paint; Switch to WordPad; Switch to program name; Switch application

To do this

Close a program

Say this

Close that; Close Paint; Close Documents

To do this

Minimize

Say this

Minimize that; Minimize Paint; Minimize Documents

To do this

Restore

Say this

Restore that; Restore Paint; Restore Documents

To do this

Cut

Say this

Cut that; Cut

To do this

Copy

Say this

Copy that; Copy

To do this

Paste

Say this

Paste

To do this

Delete

Say this

Delete that; Delete

To do this

Undo

Say this

Undo that; Scratch that; Undo

To do this

Scroll in one direction

Say this

Scroll up; Scroll down; Scroll left; Scroll right

To do this

Scroll an exact distance in pages

Say this

Scroll down 2 pages; Scroll up 10 pages

To do this

Scroll an exact distance in other units

Say this

Scroll up 5; Scroll down 7

To do this

Go to a field in a form or a program

Say this

Go to field name; Go to Subject; Go to Address; Go to Cc