First page of tutorial

How To Use Windows 7 Speech Recognition

How to use Windows 7 Speech Recognition!

In today’s market many people are trying to find cheaper ways to work more efficiently, write books, or dictate.  There are many programs on the market today that offer fast and easy solutions for dictating, launching programs, and scrolling the web. With today’s economy at its worst it is hard for many people to be able to afford the programs that are out there.  Many people do not realize that on their computer there already is a voice recognition program through Windows 7.  How using Windows 7 Speech Recognition will increase efficiency and make work more fun. Plus it is free, this software comes with Windows 7.

  • To begin, go to your bottom left corner of your computer screen click start button> control panel> ease of access> speech recognition> and then click on “start speech recognition”.  Once you click the program it will begin a general tutorial to explain how  this program works. Actually it is quite easy, with a walk through process, also will allow you to train the program to your voice.Start_speech_recognition_1

    Speech Recognition wizard to check mic
    Speech Recognition wizard to check mic
  • Once you have gone through and completed the tutorial part of the software;  I highly recommend you complete the form speech recognition tutorial for voice training.  This will allow the program to learn how you pronounce certain words, and how you pronounce certain letters and numbers.  The tutorial is a great program to complete, because it will teach you the basics such as dictation, basic commands, and how you can use the program with windows.

    Train your computer
    Train your computer
  • After the tutorial is complete you will see a speech recognition status bar at top center of your computer screen.  During your session helpful information will start to display in the status window.  You also will still be able to use your mouse during the time you have speech recognition program running.  Just remember to say “start listening” when you begin, and “stop Listening” when you finished.

    Speech Recognition bar
    Speech Recognition bar
  • Just remember the program still needs to learn the way you speak, so it is important for you to further train your computer to learn your voice.  This way your computer will learn gradually each time more and more how you speak.  The training will run through a series of sentences and tasks to read out loud during the training process.Reference_card_270x352

Do not worry if you forget how to use any of the software, or if you do not remember any of the commands.  At any time all you have to do is refer to the speech reference card for help.

Tip: please be sure to try memorizing keyboard shortcuts for actions you often perform.  Also remember to print the commands given to you in the tutorial, this way you will have them on hand if needed.  Good luck and have fun with it!

Mellany Knobl

Mellany Knobl is based out of Telford, Pa, United States. She is a self-taught freelance writer who likes to write reviews on books, game apps, ghostwriter, smart phones, and Ebooks. I live each day trying to learn new things, LIFE IS TO SHORT! As a freelance writer, I have abundant spoken communication skills; able to listen to others, correctly interpret messages, and respond appropriately; committed to sharing information and keeping people informed.