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Chapter 22. Natural Input with the Tablet PC > Setting Up Speech Recognition

Setting Up Speech Recognition

You're probably wondering whether speech recognition is really ready for prime time. It is. Speech recognition enables you to speak into a microphone and have the computer convert your spoken words into text. Some training is required, but it's not as cumbersome or time consuming as it was just a few years ago. Speech input also enables you to control your Tablet PC through the use of your voice. Using the Command feature of speech input, you can control applications by saying the names of the menus and commands on which you want the computer to act.

We recommend using the speech recognition feature with a good noise-canceling headset in a quiet environment. You must enable and train the speech tools before you can use speech recognition. Do this by turning on speech recognition in the Tablet PC Input Panel. Use the What Can I Say dialog box to discover the commands that you can use in Dictation and Command modes. The included voice tools are very good at what they do, but they're not perfect. Expect some time in editing, as well as some frustration at the start. Your accuracy and your skill with the tools will improve over time.


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