Windows Speech Recognition makes using a keyboard and mouse optional. You can control your PC with your voice and dictate text instead.
Speech Recognition is only available for the following languages:
English (United States and United Kingdom), French, German, Japanese, Mandarin (Chinese Simplified and Chinese Traditional) and Spanish.
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 recognise your voice.
Before you set up Speech Recognition, make sure you've plugged the microphone into your PC so the following steps work.
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Search.(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Search.)
Enter Set up a microphone in the search box, then tap or click Set up a microphone.
Follow the instructions on the screen.
If possible, use a headset microphone; it's less likely to pick up background noise.
Speech Recognition uses a special voice profile to recognise 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.
Enter Speech Recognition in the search box, then tap or click Speech Recognition.
Tap or click Train your computer to understand you better .
Follow the instructions in the Speech Recognition Voice Training.
You can use your voice for many tasks, such as filling out online forms or typing letters. When you speak into the microphone, Speech Recognition transforms your voice to text on the screen.
Enter speech recognition in the search box, then tap or click Windows Speech Recognition.
Say "start listening", or tap or click the microphone button to start the listening mode.
Open the application that you want to use, or select the text box that you want to dictate text into.
Say the text you want to dictate.
You can correct mistakes in three different ways:
To correct the last thing you said, say "correct that".
To correct a single word, say "correct" followed by the word that you want to correct. If the word appears more than once, all instances will be highlighted, and you can choose the one you want to correct.
In the Alternatives panel dialogue box, say the number next to the item that you want, then say "OK".
Using the Speech Dictionary, you can add your own words, stop a specific word from being dictated, or correct or delete a word in the dictionary.
Say "open Speech Dictionary" and do any of the following:
To add a word to the dictionary, say "Add a new word", then follow the instructions.
To prevent a specific word from being dictated, say "Prevent a word from being dictated", then follow the instructions.
You can use short, simple commands to control your PC. The following table shows some of the most commonly used Speech Recognition commands. Words in bold indicate that you can replace the example word or phrase with similar words and get useful results.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts as verbal commands to control your PC. To view all of the available shortcuts, see Keyboard shortcuts.
Any time that you need to find out what commands to use, say "what can I say?"
Open the Start screen
Open the charms bar
Press Windows C
Open the Search charm
Press Windows Q
Show all apps
Start working with an app
Right-click; Press Windows Z
Use an app
Say what you want to do. For example, change to Celsius in the Weather app.
Select any item by its name
Click File; Start; View
Select any item or icon
Click Recycle Bin; Click Computer; Click file name
Double-tap or double-click any item
Double-click Recycle Bin; Double-click Computer; Double-click file name
Switch to an open application
Switch to Paint; Switch to WordPad; Switch to program name; Switch application
Scroll in one direction
Scroll up; Scroll down; Scroll left; Scroll right
Insert a new paragraph or new line in a document
New paragraph; New line
Select a word in a document
Select a word and start to correct it
Select and delete specific words
Show a list of applicable commands
What can I say?
Update the list of speech commands that are currently available
Refresh speech commands
Turn on listening mode
Turn off listening mode
Move the Speech Recognition microphone bar
Move speech recognition
Minimise the microphone bar
Minimise speech recognition
View Windows Help and Support content about specific tasks
How do I do something?
For example, say “How do I install a printer?” and a list of Help topics is returned.
Note that this command is only available if you're using the U.S. English Speech Recogniser.
Insert a new line in the document
Insert a new paragraph in the document
Insert a tab
Insert the literal word for the next command (for example, you can insert the word "comma" instead of the punctuation mark)
Insert the numeral form of a number
Put the cursor before a specific word
Go to word
Put the cursor after a specific word
Go after word
Don't insert a space before the next word
Go to the start of the sentence that the cursor is in
Go to start of sentence
Go to the start of the paragraph that the cursor is in
Go to start of paragraph
Go to the start of the document
Go to start of document
Go to the end of the sentence that the cursor is in
Go to end of sentence
Go to the end of the paragraph that the cursor is in
Go to end of paragraph
Go to the end of the current document
Go to end of document
Select the word in the current document
Select the word range in the current document
Select word range; Select word through word
Select all text in the current document
Select a number of words before the location of the cursor
Select previous 20 words; Select previous 10 words
Select a number of words after the location of the cursor
Select next 20 words; Select next 10 words
Select the last text you dictated
Clear the selection on the screen
Capitalise the first letter of the word
Capitalise all the letters of the word
All caps word
Make all the letters in the word lower case
No caps word
Change the next number of words to upper case
Change next 10 words to upper case
Change the next number of words to lower case
Change next 10 words to lower case
Delete the previous sentence
Delete previous sentence
Delete the next sentence
Delete next sentence
Delete the previous paragraph
Delete previous paragraph
Delete the next paragraph
Delete next paragraph
Delete the selected or last dictated text
Press any key on the keyboard
Press keyboard key; Press a; Press capital b; Press Shift plus a; Press Ctrl plus a
Press certain keyboard keys without saying "press" first
Delete; Backspace; Enter; Page Up; Page Down; Home; End; Tab
You can also use the ICAO\NATO phonetic alphabet to say the keyboard keys to press. For example, you can say "press alpha" to press "a" or "press bravo" to press "b".
Using Speech Recognition to press keyboard keys only works with languages that use Latin alphabets.
Full-stop; Dot; Decimal point
Open double quote; Open quote
Close double quote; Close quote; Close inverted commas
Open single quote
Close single quote
Greater than sign
Less than sign
Exclamation mark; Exclamation point
Number sign; Hash sign; Pound sign
Per cent sign
Open parenthesis; Open paren
Close parenthesis; Close paren
Hyphen; Minus sign; Dash
Open brace; Open curly bracket
Close brace; Close curly bracket
Open bracket; Open square bracket
Close bracket; Close square bracket
Three quarter sign
One quarter sign
One half sign
Pound sterling sign
Ampersand; And sign
Open angle bracket
Close angle bracket
Plus or minus sign
Open angle quote
Close angle quote
Registered sign, Registered trademark sign
Ellipsis; Dot dot dot
Select any item by saying its name
File; Edit; View; Save
Select any item
Click File; Click Bold; Click Save; Click Close
Double-click Computer; Double-click Recycle Bin; Double-click folder name
Press and hold or right-click any item
Right-click Computer; Right-click Recycle Bin; Right-click folder name
Minimise all windows to show your desktop
Select something if you don't know what it's called
Show numbers (Numbers will appear on the screen for every item in the active window. Say an item's corresponding number to select it.)
Select a numbered item
19 OK; 5 OK
Double-tap or double-click a numbered item
Double-click 19; Double-click 5
Press and hold or right-click a numbered item
Right-click 19; Right-click 5
Open an application
Open Paint; Open WordPad; Open application name
Switch to Paint; Switch to WordPad; Switch to application name; Switch application
Close an application
Close that; Close Paint; Close Documents
Minimise that; Minimise Paint; Minimise Documents
Maximise that; Maximise Paint; Maximise Documents
Restore that; Restore Paint; Restore Documents
Cut that; Cut
Copy that; Copy
Delete that; Delete
Undo that; Scratch that; Undo
Scroll up; Scroll down; Scroll right; Scroll left
Scroll an exact distance in pages
Scroll down 2 pages; Scroll up 10 pages
Scroll an exact distance in other units
Scroll up 5; Scroll down 7
Go to a field in a form or an application
Go to field name; Go to Subject; Go to Address; Go to cc
Show the mousegrid
Move the mouse pointer to the centre of any mousegrid square
Number of the square; 1, 7, 9
Tap or click any mousegrid square
Click number of the square
Select an item to drag with the mousegrid
Number of the square where the item appears; 3, 7, 9 (followed by) mark
Select an area in the mousegrid where you want to drag the item
Number of the square where you want to drag; 4, 5, 6 (followed by) click
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