Windows Speech Recognition

Use your voice to control your computer!

First Things First!

Before you can use this tool, you must first connect a microphone to the computer. Once you have a working microphone, you must create a profile on the computer so that it can recognize your voice and understand your commands.


Click here for detailed step by step directions to complete the above tasks.

Before you can use Speech Recognition, you must open Speech Recognition first.


To open Speech Recognition

  1. Open Speech Recognition by clicking the Start button , clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Windows Speech Recognition.

  2. Say "start listening" or click the Microphone button to start the listening mode.


Windows 7 Speech Recognition tutorial

What can be done using Speech Recognition?

Control your Computer

Speech Recognition will take commands and allow you to run programs, switch between programs and interact with everything on the computer. You speak the actual words of the commands that you want done. Some examples include; "Click file, Double click computer, Right click recycle bin." These commands will tell the computer exactly what you want it to do.

Dictate and edit Text

Speech Recognition will also listen to the words that you want typed to fill out online forms, or to type on a word processing program. Dictating text is simple because all you must do is get the program you want to use opened and then begin speaking whatever you want typed. If the last thing you said is a mistake, you speak the words "correct that" and it will be corrected. If the mistake was not the last thing said, you speak the word "correct" followed by the incorrect word.

How can Speech Recognition be used in the classroom?

  • Students who are disabled would benefit from the option to control your computer through Speech Recognition because they could command the computer to do whatever they needed if they are unable to use the mouse and clicking function. The dictate and edit text option would be beneficial for disabled people as well if they are unable to type using a keyboard.
  • Special Education students or regular education students could use the dictate and edit text option of Speech Recognition because if they are not very good at writing or spelling, especially in the younger grades, they could speak what they want to write and it will be done for them.