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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.

Speech recognition in Vista

Speech recognition - step 4

You must next configure voice recognition. The wizard asks if it can review your documents and emails to learn commonly used phrases, but you can skip this stage. This is more a question of time rather than privacy, in that the information is not shared with anyone but can improve accuracy in voice recognition.

Speech recognition in Vista

Speech recognition - step 5

The wizard will display a printable sheet of common commands that are useful for navigating the desktop. It will also ask whether you wish to run speech recognition at startup. Once you have completed these steps, you can use your voice to control your PC and then proceed to the tutorial to fine-tune speech recognition.

Speech recognition in Vista

Speech recognition - step 6

The tutorial takes you through the basics of using voice-recognition tools, introducing you to the microphone tool and giving feedback on how easily Vista can understand you. Use the Speech Options to restart the tutorial at any point should you, for example, need to retrain Windows to recognise your voice.

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