Speech Recognition In Windows 7
Well, guess what? Windows 7 comes with built-in speech recognition! Who knew? For anyone who wants to try it out, here’s what I know so far:
Go to Control Panel, and Select Ease of Access, then Speech Recognition. You will get a screen that takes you through the process, step by step.
Apparently my built-in microphone on my all-in-one computer isn’t going to work with it, but a headset microphone (recommended) is much cheaper than any software I’ve seen so far. I’m going to pick up one in the next day or so, and configure it to recognize my voice, via the helpful step by step video included in Windows. I will let you know if this works well for what I need. Apparently, you can completely control everything you do via this application, from double clicking on programs, to dictating emails, to surfing the web, opening and closing windows as needed. Wow. Again, who knew?
You can toggle between voice commands and keyboard/mouse commands simply by saying “Start Listening,” and “Stop Listening.” I’m sharing this info with you guys here, because I’m thrilled to find out I can rest my right arm and shoulder when they start to throb, and I’m so excited to know I might not have to pay big bucks to do so. I’ve read it might not be quite as sophisticated as Dragon’s Nuance software, but hey, it’s free! And it’s certainly worth a try.
Will let you know how I feel about it after I get it all set up. It’s happy little discoveries like this that just make my day!