How to Set up And Use The Windows Speech Recognition

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If you have the Windows Vista, congratulations! you have a modern voice recognition built in your computer system. Though it might take some practice but sooner than you think , you would be able to interact with your computer just by talking to it. You would also be able to fill forms online, write emails and documents, control the computer’s operating system, and many other functions of the computer without moving a single muscle on your fingers. Great!Right?

To get started, follow these few steps:

1. Click on START(the windows logo key at the lower left hand side of your computer). Next, Open the Control Panel and double-click on ”Ease of Access” then select “Speech Recognition Options”. This will open the speech recognition panel, which contains commands for starting up speech recognition, to set up your microphone, taking speech tutorial, training your computer to understand you better, opening the speech reference card that will help you learn the commands, and many other advanced speech options.

2. Now try to set up your microphone. Double-click on “Set up microphone”. Select the type of microphone you would like to use for the speech recognition, if you intend using the in-built microphone in the computer, you can select ”Headset Microphone”, follow the instructions and be sure that your microphone is working correctly because this will make interaction with your computer very efficient.

3. Next, go back to the ”Speech Recognition Options” and double-click on the “Configure your Speech Recognition experience” select ”Take Speech Tutorial”. At this stage you have to be patient, so if you have other things to do it is better to postpone the whole process for a time you will be more relaxed, because the tutorial lasts for about 25 minutes, and needs all your attention.

As you get along with your computer, you might have some questions or need some guidelines, this is where the Speech Reference Card comes in handy, because it contains a list of speech recognition commands you can either read on the screen or print out. It is also found on the “Configure your Speech Recognition experience” page.

4. After the rather lengthy but useful tutorial, the next step is to train your computer to understand you better. From the “Speech Recognition Options” page, select “Train your computer to better understand you”.

Yes, another lengthy process, but at the end of this speech recognition process, your computer will have all your speech patterns and perfectly recognize your voice.

5. The ”Advanced Speech options” can be found on the left hand side of the “Configure your Speech Recognition experience” page. This options will help you select other languages you want the speech recognition to be in(provided you have more than one language installed), and also if you want the speech recognition to come on every time you log in, configure your microphone if you haven’t done that yet, and also allows the computer to go through your mails and documents to improve your speech recognition experience.

Some useful tips that might help you:

  • You are sure to get errors on your first or maybe even your second attempt ,but don’t let it discourage you, keep trying and you would reap the benefits at the end.

  • When speaking to the computer, make sure you speak with clarity. Visualize yourself as a CNN News broadcaster, or a politician giving a speech. Yes, that’s how you should talk to your computer.

  • Always spell any new word , you feel might confuse the computer to make your communication with your system easier and efficient.

  • Whenever you want to use the speech recognition, look for a quiet place, so that the microphone won’t pick up the voices around you and include it in your documents.

Note: Only the Business, Ultimate and Enterprise version of Vista supports the Multilingual User Interface Pack, that helps change from one language to the other. The Windows Vista Speech Recognition is available in many languages like English (US. and UK.), French, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, German, Japanese, and Spanish.




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