Windows® 7 Speech Recognition
Windows® 7 comes with a new feature called speech recognition program. Speech recognition applications have been inaccurate in the past and you had to spend some money on stand-alone speech recognition software. But Windows® 7 Speech recognition is bundled into the operating system.
Like other speech recognition software, it does require that you have to teach the software so that it recognizes your unique voice. This feature does seem to be working very accurately even after basic training. Although, further enhancement is still required to see if Windows 7 speech recognition is accurate and reliable enough to be truly useful.
You can set up the Speech Recognition feature by following these steps:
STEP 1:Firstly, click the Start Speech Recognition link in the Speech Recognition Control Panel window which can opened by selecting Start>Control Panel>Ease of Access>Speech Recognition. Now Windows® 7 shows a Welcome to Speech Recognition dialog box.
STEP 2: Now click 'Next' and then in the Select the Type of Microphone choose the Headset Microphone, Desktop Microphone or Other option.
STEP 3:Click 'Next' and then bring the microphone connected to your Windows® 7 computer or laptop next to your mouth and again click Next in the Set Up Your Microphone dialog box.
STEP 4: Now, say anything in a normal voice and then, when you finish speaking into the microphone, click 'Next'.
STEP 5: Click 'Next' in the 'Your Microphone Is Now Set Up' dialog box and choose the 'Enable Document Review' option in the 'Improve Speech Recognition Accuracy' dialog box and then again click 'Next'.
STEP 6: Now to turn on Voice Activation mode, you need to click the 'Use Voice Activation' Mode option button before you click 'Next' and the Print the Speech Reference Card window appears. This window has a common Speech Recognition commands which includes such topics as how to choose items on the screen, select commands and dictate text.
STEP 7:Click the 'View Reference Sheet' button to open a Microsoft® Help and Support Center window on your Windows 7 computer or laptop.
STEP 8: Now, click the topics such as Dictation, Punctuation Marks, Common Speech Recognition Commands and Special Characters to show their information. If you want to print any of these expanded help topics then click the Print button on the window’s toolbar.
STEP 9:Click the 'Close' button which is in the Microsoft Help and Support Center window and then click the 'Next' button to open the 'Run Speech Recognition Every Time I Start the Computer' dialog box.
STEP 10: Now to open the 'You Can Now Control This Computer By Voice' dialog box, click the 'Next' button.
STEP 11: To run the Speech Recognition Tutorial, which is both necessary to train the computer to understand your voice as well as being very good for practice click the 'Start Tutorial' button.