Use Your Voice, To Control Windows 8

Say whatever you would click with the mouse, that’s the beauty of controlling Windows by voice. Make sure you have a PC with a microphone – the Windows Speech Recognition program can handle just about any kind of mike, even the one built into your laptop’s case.

Start up your Speech Recognition program. If you are using this feature for the first time, all you need to do is open the Start screen; type speech and in the search results, click Windows Speech Recognition. Follow the on-screen instructions and to get your program up and running. You have an opportunity to work through the tutorials and practice screens. Upon completion of the Speech Recognition module, the microphone icon, should light up blue and the status should read “Listening.”

Giving commands is easy and we have put some together below:

•• “Start Calculator (or any other program you’d like to use like Word, Excel, Internet Explorer…).” The command opens the program you named, without you having to touch the mouse Easy and super convenient.

•• “Switch to Word (or any other program you’d like to use like Excel, Internet Explorer…).” Switches to the program you named.

•• “File. Open.” You operate menus by saying whatever you would have clicked with the mouse. For example, say “Edit” to open the Edit menu, then “Select All” to choose that command, and so on.

••“Print (Cancel, Desktop…).” You can also click any button (or any tab name in a dialog box) by saying its name.

••“Contact us (Archives, Home page…).” You can click any link on a Web page just by saying its name.

••“Double-click Recycle Bin.” You can tell Windows to “double-click” or “right-click” anything you see.

••“Go to Subject (Address, Body…).” In an email message, Web browser, or dialog box, “Go to” puts the insertion point into the text box you name. “Address,” for example, means the address bar.

••“Close that.” Closes the front most window. Along “Minimize that,” “Maximize that,” “Restore that.”

••“Scroll up (down, left, right).” Scrolls the window. You can say “up,” “down,” “left,” or “right,” and you can also append any number from one to 20 to indicate how many lines: “Scroll down 10.”

••“Press F (Shift+F, capital B, down arrow, X three times…).” Makes Windows press the key you named.

Tip: You don’t have to say “press” before certain critical keys: Delete, Home, End, Space, Tab, Enter, and Backspace. Just say the key’s name: “Tab.”

Voice command also allows you to drag items. Say the “Mousegrid”, and a 3 X 3 grid is superimposed on your screen, with squares numbered from 1 to 9. Say number “seven”, and a new, much smaller grid appears in place of the grid represented by the 7. You can keep shrinking the grid like this, until you’ve pinpointed a precise spot on the screen. Dragging icons is a two part process; you need to use “mouse grid” to hone in on the icon. Once hone in, say, “seven mark”; referring to the item you want to mark and where it is located.

When you say “mark”, the Mousegrid returns to the full-screen size, where you’re supposed to hone in on the final destination point for your drag. Repeat the grid-shrinking exercise—but in the last step say, “Seven click.”

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