We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
2,862 Tutorials

How to use speech recognition in Vista

Save time and work smarter with Vista

Recently we showed you how to set up Windows Vista's speech-recognition tool, so here's how to use speech-recognition and save time and effort. It's easy and really very accurate.

Windows Vista: the definitive review

Speech recognition in Vista

Speech recognition - step 1

Go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, Ease of Access, Windows Speech Recognition. This will launch the engine in sleep mode. To begin controlling your PC or dictating documents, simply say "start listening". If at any point you wish Windows to stop dictation, say "stop listening".

Speech recognition in Vista

Speech recognition - step 2

Using Speech Recognition to control your PC is simple, but you need to remember a number of commands. To view the necessary commands, right-click on the microphone applet and select Open Speech Reference Card. Here you will see common commands for Windows, dictation, controls and punctuation.

Speech recognition in Vista

Speech recognition - step 3

To open and close programs, simply say "open" or "close", followed by the application you want to use. Use the commands "maximise", "minimise" and "switch" to reveal, hide or move between windows. If several programs match your command, Speech Recognition displays a list. Pick a number, followed by "okay".

Speech recognition in Vista

Speech recognition - step 4

Vista allows you to say what you see. If you're working on a Word document and wish to save it as a web page, say "file, save as web page". To open files, say "double-click", followed by the icon, folder or document you wish to open. Likewise, the command "right-click" will display any context-sensitive menus.

IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite