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.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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.