How to use Speech Recognition in Windows 7


Speech Recognition is a technology which is used to command your computer from voice commands instead of using traditional input devices like keyboard or mouse. Kinect for Xbox 360 have the most powerful speech recognition system in it.

Speech recognition

You can use Speech Recognition in Windows 7 also to work with files and folders, there are two ways to select and work with folders and files:

  • If you know the name of the object you’re working with, say that name. If you say the name of anything on the screen, Speech Recognition will apply your command to it. For example, you might say “click pictures.”
  • If you don’t know the name of the file or folder you want to work with, say “number everything” and numbers will appear next to every object on the screen. You can then say the number of the object you need. For example, you might say “double-click five” to open the object with that number.

To open Speech Recognition in Windows 7

  1. Click on Start, open Control Panel and select Windows Speech Recognition.
  2. Say “start listening” or click the Microphone button to start the listening mode.

Note: You must configure you Microphone first to work with Windows Speech Recognition feature.

Frequently used commands for working with folders and files

The following table shows Speech Recognition commands for working with files and folders:

To do this

Say this

Select a file or folder Select Vacation pictures; Click Sales report
Open a selected file or folder Open; Open that; Launch that; Open Vacation pictures; Open Sales report
Open a program by name Open WordPad; Start Solitaire
Click any menu by saying its name File; View; Start
Click any item Click Recycle Bin; Click Computer; Click file name
Minimize all windows to show your desktop Show desktop
Put numbers next to everything on the screen Number everything

Nitin Agarwal is a Spritual Soul from India. He is a Windows and Windows Phone Expert and Blogger by birth. He has been awarded as Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for three times by Microsoft in Windows Expert category. People often calls him a Geek, techie, gadget freak and A Crazy Heart because of his passion towards doing things differently. Immensly inspired from Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and APJ Abdul Kalam.

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