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Lesson 1. What's New in Excel 2002 > Training the Speech Feature

Training the Speech Feature

The first time you start the Speech feature in Excel, you are required to configure and train the feature. Follow these steps to get the Speech feature up and running:

  1. In Excel, select the Tools menu, point at Speech, and then select Speech Recognition. The Welcome to Office Speech Recognition dialog box appears. To begin the process of setting up your microphone and training the Speech feature, click the Next button.

  2. The first screen of the Microphone Wizard appears. It asks you to be sure your microphone and speakers are connected to your computer. If you have a headset microphone, this screen shows you how to adjust the microphone for use. Click Next to continue.

  3. The next wizard screen asks you to read a short text passage so that your microphone volume level can be adjusted (see Figure 1.2). When you have finished reading the text, click Next to continue.

    Figure 1.2. The Microphone Wizard adjusts the volume of your microphone.

  4. On the next screen, you are told that if you have a headset microphone, you can click Finish and proceed to the speech recognition training. If you have a different type of microphone, you are asked to read another text passage. The text then is played back to you. This is to determine whether the microphone is placed at an appropriate distance from your mouth. When you get a satisfactory playback, click Finish.



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