Published 2009-02-17 (Rev. 2015-03-13) -- Article with screenshots showing how to use windows vista speech recognition and narrator program to aid computer accessiblity.
Author: Disabled World - Contact: Disabled World
Quote: "We were surprised to see how accurate and useful voice command really was on the Windows Vista platform."
Windows Vista can now be controlled by voice input, you can tell your computer what to do instead of searching for letters on your keyboard.
Not only can this save time, but for anyone with sight disabilities this is more then a luxury, it is a must. This feature is standard on the Windows Vista operating system.
The Speech recognition program can be mixed with a built in narrator which makes your computer talk back by reading all texts or actions taking place. When the computer is set to voice command there no longer has to be any interaction with the mouse and keyboard. Basically giving almost everyone the ability to use a computer regardless of disabilities.
Speech recognition is way up there in computer evolution, talking to a computer for the purpose of giving it orders used to be something from science fiction movies but is now becoming reality.
We were surprised to see how accurate and useful voice command really was on the Windows Vista platform.
The computer really learns to understand you the more you use it and soon enough barely any keyboard intervention is required.
Not only is this a miracle for all computer users with disabilities, but it is an amusing and useful tool for all computer veterans.
The quality of your microphone will have an impact on how much the computer understands you at first, and how far you can be from the microphone before the computer can recognize your orders. Although we were able to make it work perfectly with a 10$ desk microphone. That is all you really need to make it happen, it is in no way costly.
The first step is to attach a microphone to your computer, then find the speech recognition software which is built into Windows Vista.
START button / Programs / Accessories / Ease of Access / Windows Speech Recognition
Click next when you see this screen.
Select microphone type and the setup will automatically start to run.
You will then be brought to the voice recognition training window.
Controlling the voice recognition program:
Click any item by saying its name eg. File; Edit; View; Save; bold
Click any item - Click File; Click bold; Click Save; Click Close
Double-click any item - Double-click Computer; Double-click Recycle Bin; Double-click Folder name
Right-click any item - Right-click Computer; Right-click Recycle Bin; Right-click Folder name
Minimize all windows to show your desktop - Show Desktop
Click something you don't know the name of - Show numbers (Numbers will appear on the screen for every item in the active window)
Click a numbered item - 19 OK; 5 OK
Double-click a numbered item - Double-click 19; Double-click 5
Right-click a numbered item - Right-click 19; Right-click 5
Switch to an open program - Switch to Paint; Switch to WordPad; Switch to program name; Switch application
Scroll direction - Scroll up; Scroll down; Scroll left; Scroll right
Insert a new paragraph or new line in a document - New paragraph; New line
Select a word in a document - Select word
Select a word and start to correct it - Correct word
Select and delete specific words - Delete word
Show a list of applicable commands - What can I say
Update the list of speech commands that are currently available - Refresh speech commands
Make the computer listen to you - Start listening
Make the computer stop listening - Stop listening
Move the Speech Recognition microphone out of the way - Move speech recognition
Minimize the microphone bar - Minimize speech recognition
Insert the literal word for the next command - for example, you can insert the word "comma" instead of the punctuation mark - Literal word
Insert the numeral form of a number - Numeral number
Put the cursor before a specific word - Go to word
Put the cursor after a specific word - Go after word
Do not insert a space before the next word - No space
Go to the start of the sentence that the cursor is in - Go to start of sentence
Go to the start of the paragraph the cursor is in - Go to start of paragraph
Go to the start of the document - Go to start of document
Go to the end of the sentence that the cursor is in - Go to end of sentence
Go to the end of the paragraph the cursor is in - Go to end of paragraph
Go to the end of the current document - Go to end of document
Select the word in the current document - Select word
Select the word range in the current document - Select word range; Select word through word
Select all text in the current document - Select all
Select the 1 - 20 words before the location of the cursor - Select previous 1-20 words; Select previous 10 words
Select the 1 - 20 words after the location of the cursor - Select next 1-20 words; Select next 10 words
Select the last text you dictated - Select that
Clear the selection on the screen - Clear selection
Capitalize the first letter of the word - Caps word
Capitalize all the letters of the word - All caps word
Make all the letters in the word lowercase - No caps word
Change the next number of words to uppercase - Change next number of words to uppercase
Change the next number of words to lowercase - Change next number of words to lowercase
Delete the previous sentence - Delete previous sentence
Delete the next sentence - Delete next sentence
Delete the previous paragraph - Delete previous paragraph
Delete the next paragraph - Delete next paragraph
Delete the selected or last dictated text - Delete that
Press any key on the keyboard - Press keyboard key; Press a; Press capital b; Press SHIFT plus a; Press CTRL plus a
Press certain keyboard keys without saying "Press" first - Delete; Backspace; Enter; Page Up; Page down; Home; End; Tab
Show the mousegrid - Mousegrid
Move the mouse pointer to the center of any mousegrid square - number or numbers of the square; 1; 7; 9; 1, 7, 9
Click any mousegrid square - Click number of the square
Select an item to drag with the mousegrid - number - or numbers - of the square where the item appears; 3, 7, 9 (followed by) mark
Select an area where you want to drag the item with the mousegrid - number or numbers of the square where you want to drag; 4, 5, 6 (followed by) click.