Set Up Speech Recognition for Use in Windows

Edited by Colette Cole, JellyBean, Eng

In this video, I'm going to show you how to set up to use speech recognition on Windows computers. I'm using Windows 8.1.

Steps

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    The first thing we're going to want to know is how to get to the speech recognition settings
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    Many people don't know that it's available on their Windows computer. It can come in very handy sometimes. Even if our hands are often tied up, we can still get some work done. For those who don't know, speech recognition is basically a way to control the computer using our voice. The fastest way is to go into the Search function, if we have Windows 8 and higher, and type in "speech".
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    We'll see that "Windows Speech Recognition" comes up
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    The other way would be to go through the Control Panel. Going through the Search function is actually faster, so we're just going to open "Windows Speech Recognition" and set it up.
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    We'll see a "Welcome to Speech Recognition" screen
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    Then we'll click "Next" at the bottom of the window.
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    It's asking, "What type of microphone is Microphone (2- Logitech USB Headset H340)
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    In this case, we're using "Headset Microphone", so we'll just click "Next" at the bottom.
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    Next, we'll see some tips regarding setting up our microphone and how to use it
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    Click "Next"
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    It says, "Adjust the volume of the Microphone (2- Logitech USB Headset H340)"
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    It also says, "Read the following sentences aloud in a natural speaking voice", "Peter dictates to his computer. He prefers it to typing, and particularly prefers it to pen and paper." Now, click "Next".
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    Now, it says, "Your microphone is now set up"
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    Click "Next" again at the bottom.
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    The next message tells us, "Improve speech recognition accuracy - You can improve the computer's ability to recognize spoken words by allowing the computer to review documents and e-mail in your search index
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    The computer will learn words and phrases to better understand you when you speak."
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    We're going to go ahead and enable this option by clicking, "Enable document review", and we'll click on "Next" at the bottom
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    We'll see "Choose an activation mode" on the next window
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    We have the option to activate it with our voice or do it manually by using the keyboard. We're going to click on "Use voice activation mode", so choose that and click on "Next".
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    "Print the Speech Reference Card" on the next screen allows us access to the card while we're setting it up
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    It is also available in the Control Panel as well, if we want to access it there. It's just basically a list of commands, or a reference list, to get us started. Click "Next".
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    Now, it's asking if we want to "Run Speech Recognition every time I start the computer"
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    The box, "Run Speech Recognition at startup", is checked. Click on "Next".
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    It says, "You can now control this computer by voice"
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    Click on "Skip Tutorial", on the bottom right.
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    Now we have our speech recognition set up and ready to go
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    We can see that it is ready to be used and it's in "Sleeping" mode. In the next video, we will cover how to activate the speech recognition.
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    That's how to set up the speech recognition on Microsoft Windows computers
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Recent edits by: JellyBean, Colette Cole

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