Speech recognition allows you to dictate your text into various programs such as Microsoft Word leaving you a little more hands-free. You can open menu items, toolbars, dialog boxes, and have text typed in using your own voice. In other words, your computer is literally at your command. And here is how you do it.

In this series of articles I will describe how to install and configure speech recognition in Windows XP. The article assumes that your computer is running Windows XP with at least service pack 1, Microsoft Office XP and that it is equipped with a microphone.

Speech Recognition Requirements
You only require four things in order to use speech recognition in Windows XP. These requirements include:

  • Service pack 1 (or later) for Windows XP
  • Microsoft Speech Recognition Engine 5.0
  • Application that supports speech recognition
  • Microphone

The Microsoft Speech Recognition Engine (SRE) is not included with Windows XP. You can acquire it by installing any of the Microsoft Office XP applications or by purchasing and installing the Windows XP Plus Pack. 5.0

When it comes to applications that support speech recognition, you do not necessarily need to go out and purchase new software. Some applications that come with Windows XP, including Outlook Express and Notepad support speech recognition. You just need to enable support of advanced text services (as you will see in the next installment of this series).

[tags]XP, speech recognition, SRE, Outlook Express, Notepad[/tags]