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Chapter 32. Working with the Speech and ... > Working with Speech Recognition

Working with Speech Recognition

With speech recognition installed and trained, it's ready to use. To activate it, click the Tools menu of the Office application and select Speech. The Language bar will appear onscreen, and several icons will be available to you. Clicking the Microphone icon turns the microphone on, and until you deactivate it, everything you say within a speech-enabled application will be used in that program. If you are dictating, the text will appear in the current document within that application. If you're issuing voice commands, the application will obey your voice commands.

Let's look at dictation first. When you dictate, your computer processes your voice and transcribes it into words as accurately as it can, inserting the words into the open document of the speech-enabled application. How well it actually does this depends entirely on the degree to which it recognizes your utterances. Interestingly, certain programs within Office XP seem to recognize voice better than others. Word, for example, is the strongest of all the Office applications at generating text through the Speech interface. That's probably a good thing because it stands to reason that Word will take the bulk of your dictation, but it does make a little bit frustrating when it comes to designing content for a FrontPage document. This isn't to say that FrontPage has no value as a speech-recognition tool. However, if you want to design content for your web through speech recognition, you'll be happier working in Word and later importing (or copying) into FrontPage.


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