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Windows Vista Speech Recognition Step

by Step Guide
Microsoft Corporation

Published: February 2006

Author: Todd Phillips

Editor: Arwyn Carroll

Abstract
Using speech recognition in the Microsoft® Windows Vista™ operating system, you can
dictate emails and documents, and use your voice to control your favorite programs and
websites. World-class accuracy, and adaptation to your accent/vocabulary enables you
to create documents quickly. The Windows Vista speech experience also has innovative
design to enable you to become proficient with using speech input faster than ever
before. This brief guide includes system requirements, installation instructions, and step-
by-step instructions for using speech recognition in Windows Vista.

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.............. 5 Who should use Speech Recognition .................... 9 .............. 7 Steps for dictating a document .......................Contents Windows Vista Speech Recognition Step by Step Guide ........... 6 Key scenarios for Speech Recognition .................................................................................................................................. 7 Dictating a document overview ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Prerequisites ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 5 What’s new in Windows Vista Speech Recognition? ................................................................................................................................................................................. 8 Dictation ........................................................................................ 9 Logging bugs and feedback ........ 6 Benefits of Speech Recognition ................... 5 What is Speech Recognition .......................................................................................................................................................... 7 Known issues ... 8 Poor recognition of voice commands....................................... 9 Additional Resources ......................................................................................................................................

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such as to allow you to dictate documents and e-mails. and helps you to work with reduced risk of repetitive stress injuries. An interactive tutorial that teaches you how to use Speech Recognition while the computer learns your voice. including: A reduced learning curve. When you talk. but on providing the most usable end-to-end speech recognition experience. 5 Windows Vista Speech Recognition Step by Step Guide Windows Vista™'s speech recognition is state of the art. It addresses key issues that currently frustrate or confuse users of existing products. What’s new in Windows Vista Speech Recognition? Windows Vista Speech Recognition focuses not only on providing world class accuracy. with a focus on making the system "just work. and use your voice to control your favorite programs and navigate Web sites. the software will intelligently decide whether to convert your voice into text. you can dictate emails and documents. enjoyable way to get your tasks done with speech. Windows Vista Speech Recognition enables you to create documents quickly. . and correct any mistakes. or whether you have given a command that requires it to take an action. What is Speech Recognition Speech Recognition technology allows you to control your computer by speaking." Redesigned user interfaces provide a simple but efficient experience so you can dictate and edit text. Windows Vista Speech Recognition provides an efficient. Significant improvements to accuracy with speech technology that learns as you use it. Using speech recognition in the operating system. The Windows Vista speech recognition experience has an innovative design that places you in control and enables you to become proficient at using speech recognition faster than ever before.

. and web browsers. Create documents efficiently by talking to your computer. or vision limitations IT planners for education departments Early adopters Speech Recognition is intended to address the needs of information workers. mobility impairments. spreadsheet users. Improved clarification and interpretation. Benefits of Speech Recognition With Speech Recognition. When you give a command that can be interpreted multiple ways. you can: Dramatically reduce the use of the keyboard and mouse by performing tasks with speech. such as in an open plan office. Users who need a tightly integrated screen-reader and speech-recognition solution. Who should use Speech Recognition This guide is targeted at the following audiences: IT planners and HR departments providing assistive technology solutions for the employees who have repetitive stress injury. the system will prompt you to clarify what you meant to do. The following users will have less successful experiences with Windows Vista Speech Recognition: Users in an environment where talking to the computer would have a negative effect on others. including starting or switching applications and selecting menus and buttons. 6 Control of your computer with new interfaces that let you use applications in a way that places you in control. Users who often work with text that is not grammatical (programmers. word processing applications. particularly those who primarily use e-mail applications. computer administrators). Control your computer using your voice.

This lets the computer begin learning to recognize your voice accurately. Dictating a document overview One of the most common scenarios with Speech Recognition is dictating a document. Accessibility. The Speech tutorial will then be launched 3. The Speech Tutorial which is included as part of Windows Vista contains more scenarios that you may wish to try. Examples include: A USB headset microphone An array microphone Complete the speech recognition interactive tutorial. Completing the tutorial also ensures that you learn the voice commands needed to perform tasks by voice. ensure that you meet the following requirements: Use a high-quality microphone. Accessories. choose All Programs. Prerequisites To complete this task. which involves the following: Opening your word processing application Dictating the body of the document Saving the document Steps for dictating a document Complete the Speech Tutorial 1. Complete the Speech tutorial . 7 Key scenarios for Speech Recognition This guide discusses the simple scenario of dictating a document and giving voice commands. Proceed through the initial set up screens to configure your microphone. Select the Speech Recognition option 2. In the Start Menu.

" Known issues Dictation You might encounter the following issues when you use Speech Recognition. or say the word "speech" again. For example. say "File". Say "Save." and then choose the right word from the list. 5. Say "Start Listening. but are not limited to: Microsoft PowerPoint Excel WordPerfect Eudora Lotus Notes . 4. To save the document. Say "Test document. To correct mistakes. say "correct" and the word that the computer typed by mistake. and then pick the correct word from the list offered by Speech Recognition. This set of applications includes: Microsoft Word and Outlook Virtually all applications that are part of Windows Vista Dictation will not work in many applications. repeat the correct word again." Note Remember to pronounce punctuation. Say "This is a test of speech recognition period. then say "Save As. 8 Create. Speech Recognition dictation will work in a limited set of applications that support a technology called the Text Services Framework." say "correct peach. Say "Open WordPad. These include." 2. if the computer misrecognized "speech" as "peach." 7." 6." 3. and save a document 1. dictate.

but you are saying the wrong command. You may request additional support for Speech Recognition by sending emails directly to the Speech Recognition team at listen@microsoft. 9 Poor recognition of voice commands If you are having difficulty completing a task by voice. use the instructions on the Microsoft Beta Web site (http://go. To access the Speech Reference Card. Additional Resources If you are a beta tester and part of the special Technology Adoption Program (TAP) beta program. Refer to the Speech Reference Card to learn which commands are available. right click the microphone control bar.microsoft. .com. We are also interested in feature requests and general feedback about Speech Recognition. Logging bugs and feedback To log bugs. the most likely cause is that the computer is accurately recognizing your voice.com/fwlink/?LinkId=46992). you can also contact your appointed Microsoft development team member for assistance..