Voice recognition

Voice recognition makes it possible to talk to your computer. You can open programmes, dictate text, and carry out many other tasks using your voice.

Built in voice recognition programmes

Built in voice recognition programmes come free with your computer. If you use Windows or Mac OSX you can use your voice to control it.

Windows

Windows Speech Recognition lets you use your computer without a mouse or keyboard. It comes with Windows Vista and Windows 7, but not Windows XP.

The speech recognition settings in Ease of Access centre.

  1. Click the Start button, or press the Windows key.
  2. Type Ease of Access Center, then press the Enter key.
  3. Select Use the computer without a keyboard or mouse.

If you use Windows you can find more information on the Microsoft website.

Mac OSX

Mac OSX Speakable Items lets you control your computer without a keyboard or mouse, but it doesn't support dictation into documents or programmes.

Speech options in system preferences.

  1. Open System Preferences from the Dock or through the Apple icon.
  2. Select Speech.

If you use Mac OSX you can find more information on the Apple website: Speakable Items in Mac OSX

    Third party voice recognition programmes

    Third party voice recognition programmes can be purchased and installed on your computer. They often have more features than built in voice recognition programmes.

    The most popular voice recognition programme for both Windows and Mac OSX is Dragon from Nuance, it has both PC and Mac OSX versions.