You can use the Speech Properties dialog box to set options for Windows Speech Recognition and Text to Speech.

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

  2. In the left pane, click Advanced speech options.

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Speech Recognition

The following table describes the options on the Speech Recognition tab.

Option Description
Option

Language

Description

Lists available Speech Recognition engines. Select the engine you want.

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

Option

Settings

Description

Shows additional engine properties. The display is specific to the engine type, and not all engines have additional properties.

Option

Recognition Profiles

Description

Lists available user profiles. Selecting a profile from the list will mark it as active.

Option

New

Description

Adds a new user profile. The Add a profile wizard runs and sets up the profile and calibrates the microphone and speakers. The wizard will automatically launch the Microphone Setup wizard.

Option

Delete

Description

Removes the selected profile. The selected profile must not be in use by any other program when you choose to delete it.

Option

Train Profile

Description

Starts the Speech Recognition Voice Training wizard. The wizard can help improve recognition accuracy by learning about your specific speaking style and the sounds of your environment.

Option

Run Speech Recognition at startup

Description

Sets Speech Recognition to run when you start your computer.

Option

Review documents and mail to improve accuracy

Description

Allows Speech Recognition to review documents and e‑mail on your computer for commonly used words and phrases. This can help improve recognition accuracy.

Option

Enable voice activation

Description

Sets Speech Recognition to start in sleep mode and allows Speech Recognition to enter sleep mode when you say "stop listening."

Option

Number of spaces to insert after punctuation

Description

Sets the number of spaces to insert after sentence-ending punctuation when you're dictating text using Speech Recognition.

Option

Level

Description

Indicates the sound level of the microphone.

Option

Audio Input

Description

Opens the Sound dialog box. You can adjust settings for your audio input devices.

Option

Advanced

Description

Allows you to set a preferred audio device, such as an audio input for Speech Recognition. It will be active only if there is at least one audio device installed.

Option

Configure Microphone

Description

Starts the Microphone Setup wizard. This helps you to calibrate the audio input devices and speaker levels.

Text to Speech

The following table describes the text-to-speech options on the Text to Speech tab.

Option Description
Option

Voice selection

Description

Lists available text-to-speech voices. Click a voice to activate it. Once selected, the text-to-speech engine will speak the text to preview the voice.

Option

Settings

Description

Shows additional information or options about the text-to-speech engine. It is specific to the engine type, and not all engines have additional properties.

Option

Use the following text to preview the voice

Description

Displays the sample text spoken by the text-to-speech playback voice. You can change the text temporarily, but it will always default to the original content.

Option

Preview Voice

Description

Speaks the text in the Use the following text to preview the voice box using the selected voice. Each word is highlighted as the engine speaks it. When speaking, the Preview Voice button changes to Stop, which allows you to end the speech. When finished speaking (or if it's stopped), the Stop button changes back to the Preview Voice button.

Option

Voice speed

Description

Adjusts the rate of speech for the text-to-speech playback voice.

Option

Audio output

Description

Opens the Sound dialog box. You can adjust settings for your audio output devices.

Option

Advanced

Description

Click to set a preferred audio device as output for text-to-speech playback. It will be active only if there is at least one audio device installed.



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