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How to set up Vista's speech-recognition tools

Use voice recognition, save time and effort

Speech-recognition technology has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. So much so that Windows Vista no incorporates a solid native speech-recognition tool. Here's how to set it up and give your fingers a rest.

Find out how to get the best out of Vista's speech-recognition software here.

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Speech recognition in Vista

Speech recognition - step 1

To begin using the voice-recognition features in Vista, you first need to set up your microphone. Open the Control Panel and click Ease of Access. Under Speech Recognition Options, click ‘Start speech recognition'. In Classic View, double-click the icon for Speech Recognition Options.

Speech recognition in Vista

Speech recognition - step 2

After warning you that this feature is optimised for standard English, a wizard will help you to set up the microphone and software. Select the type of microphone you're using before clicking the Next button. Your next job is to train the PC to recognise your voice.

Speech recognition in Vista

Speech recognition - step 3

Position your microphone carefully to get the best results. Double-click the audio icon in the system tray to ensure your microphone hasn't been set to mute, then read aloud the short sentence onscreen to check the volume level. When this reaches the green zone, click Next.

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