Windows Vista Speech Recognition Step by Step Guide

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Windows Vista Speech Recognition Step
by Step Guide

Microsoft Corporation

Published: February 2006

Author: Todd Phillips

Editor: Arwyn Carroll

Abstract

Using speech recognition in the Microsoft® Windows

Vista™ operating system, you can
dictate emails an
d documents, and use your voice to control your favorite programs and
websites. World
-
class accuracy, and adaptation to your accent/vocabulary enables you
to create documents quickly. The Windows

Vista speech experience also has innovative
design to enab
le you to become proficient with using speech input faster than ever
before. This brief guide includes system requirements, installation instructions, and step
-
by
-
step instructions for using speech recognition in Windows

Vista.






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Contents

Windows Vista Speech Recognition Step by Step Gu
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What is Speech Recognition

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What’s new in Windows Vista Speech Recognition?

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Who should use Speech Recognition

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Benefits of Speech Recognition

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Key scenarios for Speech Recognition

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Prerequisites

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Dictating a document overview

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Steps for dicta
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Known issues

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Dictation

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Poor recognition of

voice commands

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Logging bugs and feedback

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Additional Resources

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Windows Vista Speech Recog
nition Step
by Step Guide

Windows

Vista™'s speech recognition is state of the art. Using speech recognition in the
operating system, you can dictate emails and documents, and use your voice to control
your favorite programs and navigate Web si
tes. Windows

Vista Speech Recognition
enables you to create documents quickly, and helps you to work with reduced risk of
repetitive stress injuries. The Windows

Vista speech recognition experience has an
innovative design that places you in control and en
ables you to become proficient at
using speech recognition faster than ever before.

What is Speech Recognition

Speech Recognition technology allows you to control your computer by speaking. When
you talk, the software will intelligently decide whether to c
onvert your voice into text, such
as to allow you to dictate documents and e
-
mails, or whether you have given a command
that requires it to take an action.

What’s new in Windows Vista Speech
Recognition?

Windows

Vista Speech Recognition focuses not only on

providing world class accuracy,
but on providing the most usable end
-
to
-
end speech recognition experience. It addresses
key issues that currently frustrate or confuse users of existing products. Windows

Vista
Speech Recognition provides an efficient, enjo
yable way to get your tasks done with
speech, including:



A reduced learning curve, with a focus on making the system "just work."



Redesigned user interfaces provide a simple but efficient experience so you can
dictate and edit text, and correct any mistakes.



An interactive tutorial that teaches you how to
use Speech Recognition while the
computer learns your voice.



Significant improvements to accuracy with speech technology that learns as you use
it.



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Control of your computer with new interfaces that let you use applications in a way
that places you in c
ontrol.



Improved clarification and interpretation. When you give a command that can be
interpreted multiple ways, the system will prompt you to clarify what you meant to do.

Who should use Speech Recognition

This guide is targeted at the following audien
ces:



IT planners and HR departments providing assistive technology solutions for the
employees who have repetitive stress injury, mobility impairments, or vision
limitations



IT planners for education departments



Early adopters

Speech Recognition is
intended to address the needs of information workers, particularly
those who primarily use e
-
mail applications, word processing applications, and web
browsers.

The following users will have less successful experiences with Windows

Vista Speech
Recognition:



Users in an environment where talking to the computer would have a negative effect
on others, such as in an open plan office.



Users who often work with text that is not grammatical (programmers, spreadsheet
users, computer administrators).



Users who
need a tightly integrated screen
-
reader and speech
-
recognition solution.

Benefits of Speech Recognition

With Speech Recognition, you can:



Dramatically reduce the use of the keyboard and mouse by performing tasks with
speech.



Create documents efficientl
y by talking to your computer.



Control your computer using your voice, including starting or switching applications
and selecting menus and buttons.



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Key scenarios for Speech Recognition

This guide discusses the simple scenario of dictating a document and

giving voice
commands.

The Speech Tutorial which is included as part of Windows

Vista contains more scenarios
that you may wish to try.

Prerequisites

To complete this task, ensure that you meet the following requirements:



Use a high
-
quality microphone.
Examples include:



A USB headset microphone



An array microphone



Complete the speech recognition interactive tutorial. This lets the computer begin
learning to recognize your voice accurately. Completing the tutorial also ensures that
you learn the voi
ce commands needed to perform tasks by voice.

Dictating a document overview

One of the most common scenarios with Speech Recognition is dictating a document,
which involves the following:



Opening your word processing application



Dictating the body of t
he document



Saving the document

Steps for dictating a document

Complete the Speech Tutorial

1.

In the Start Menu, choose All Programs, Accessories, Accessibility. Select the
Speech Recognition option

2.

Proceed through the initial set up screens to con
figure your microphone. The
Speech tutorial will then be launched

3.

Complete the Speech tutorial



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Create, dictate, and save a document

1.

Say "Start Listening."

2.

Say "Open WordPad."

3.

Say "This is a test of speech recognition period."

Note

Remember
to pronounce punctuation.

4.

To correct mistakes, say "correct" and the word that the computer typed by
mistake, and then pick the correct word from the list offered by Speech
Recognition, repeat the correct word again. For example, if the computer
misreco
gnized "speech" as "peach," say "correct peach," and then choose the
right word from the list, or say the word "speech" again.

5.

To save the document, say "File", then say "Save As."

6.

Say "Test document."

7.

Say "Save."

Known issues

Dictation

You might

encounter the following issues when you use Speech Recognition.



Speech Recognition dictation will work in a limited set of applications that support a
technology called the Text Services Framework. This set of applications includes:



Microsoft Word and Outlook



Virtually all applications that are part of Windows

Vi
sta



Dictation will not work in many applications. These include, but are not limited to:



Microsoft PowerPoint



Excel



WordPerfect



Eudora



Lotus Notes



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Poor recognition of voice commands

If you are having difficulty completing a task by voice, the m
ost likely cause is that the
computer is accurately recognizing your voice, but you are saying the wrong command..

Refer to the Speech Reference Card to learn which commands are available. To access
the Speech Reference Card, right click the microphone con
trol bar.

Logging bugs and feedback

To log bugs, use the instructions on the
Microsoft Beta Web site

(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=46992). We are also interested in feature requests
and g
eneral feedback about Speech Recognition.

You may request additional support for Speech Recognition by sending emails directly to
the Speech Recognition team at
listen@microsoft.com
.

Additional Resources

If you are

a beta tester and part of the special Technology Adoption Program (TAP) beta
program, you can also contact your appointed Microsoft development team member for
assistance.