Windows Dictation

What built-in option exists for voice dictation?

Windows 10 allows you to set up voice dictation in Control Panel.  To activate speech-to-text dictation in Windows 10, press the Windows Logo key plus H (Windows key-H). Speech Recognition allows you to control your computer by voice and also dictate text into documents and emails. It's free.

How can I set it up?

1.  Before you set up voice recognition, make sure you have a microphone set up.

2.  Teach Windows 10 to recognize your voice. Here's how to set this up:

What are the detailed steps and dialog screens?

You will see the above screen in the Set up Speech Recognition’ app. The app guides you through the steps to set up your microphone and Speech Recognition preferences. Click ‘Next’. 

Select the type of microphone from the list (Headset Microphone, Desktop Microphone, Other) then click ‘Next’. 

On the next screen, read recommendations for microphone placement, then click ‘Next’.

Read aloud the sample text. When your device recognizes you have read the full sentence you will be able to click ‘Next’ to proceed.

If the computer didn’t hear you clearly you will be prompted to reposition your microphone and repeat the previous step.  If the computer did hear you clearly, your microphone is now setup and you can continue setting up Speech Recognition. Click ‘Next’.

The next step is to allow your device to review your documents and emails so that it can better understand you when you speak.  Click the option you would prefer: ‘Enable document review’ or ‘Disable document review’.

Next, choose an activation mode.  You can choose to either:

For improved results, train your computer to recognize your speech:

Microsoft help center resources:

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