How to write doc­u­ments and emails us­ing only your voice

“The Dic­tate add-on for Mi­crosoft Of­fice lets you write doc­u­ments and emails us­ing your voice alone. Best of all, this fea­ture is free!”

Windows 7 Help & Advice - - WINDOWS HELP & ADVICE - Your guide Matt Han­son says…

Voice-to-text soft­ware has be­come ever more pow­er­ful and ac­cu­rate, and Mi­crosoft has cre­ated a free add-on for its Of­fice apps that en­ables you to use state-of-the-art speech recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy to type what you say. It’s a great way to com­pose emails or write Word doc­u­ments if you’re a slow typer – or if you find us­ing a key­board un­com­fort­able or dif­fi­cult. While you usu­ally have to pay for voice-to-text soft­ware, the Dic­tate add-on is free. That doesn’t mean it lacks fea­tures, how­ever, since it uses the same speech recog­ni­tion soft­ware that pow­ers Mi­crosoft’s vir­tual as­sis­tant, Cor­tana. Of course, to use Dic­tate you will need a re­cent ver­sion of Mi­crosoft Of­fice. It works with Word, Out­look and Pow­er­Point pro­grams, plus it sup­ports 29 spo­ken lan­guages. So, if you have Mi­crosoft Of­fice, as well as a mi­cro­phone for your PC, then give it a try.

Matt’s best tip! Con­trol Win­dows with your voice. Type ‘Win­dows Speech Recog­ni­tion’ into the Start menu search box for op­tions.

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