said 1 year, 2 months ago:
@glengorham That’s it, Glen, but the easiest way to find this on your computer, at least it was for me, was…
Go to Start. In the search box, type in Speech Recognition or Speech Recognition Options. After I set up the wizard under Speech Recognition, I now go to Speech Recognition Options to turn it back on or off, train my computer a little more on my pronunciations, etc.
I left it on and running so it was always on and I was hands-free from the moment I hit the on button on my computer, but after my computer crashed after an Adobe Reader update, I now turn it on after I start. After all, there are some things you just need to do hands-on, especially when you don’t yet know all the voice commands by heart.
I will say this… it’s much easier teaching your computer to understand you than it is remembering the commands. The more you do it, however, the easier it is. And then you get used to telling your computer to open up the voice command center when you need to go find a new command, so I’d say once you start using this, you’re really going to get hooked.
Let me also say that I DID use my best Radio Robin voice and that I have had voice and diction training and radio experience that helps me turn on and turn off my very drawling Southern accent. So I can see that this would be harder for those who have a distinct regional accent. But that would only mean you need to train your computer more, so the time you take “reading to your computer” on their training modules will help speed up the process and improve the computer’s accuracy in dictating your speech, even if you slur and run all your speech together. It will take more time training your computer, but it will still work.
All in all, though, this has been a total win for me!