Sometimes you may have thought of writing emails, notes, posts, or anything else on Windows 10 PC with your voice. Well, then you would be glad to know that Microsoft has integrated an inbuilt “Voice Dictation” feature with the Fall Creators Update. This is a speech to text Windows 10 feature that can transcribe your speech into text content automatically. It works with almost all the applications (pre-installed and downloaded) where there is a text input option. It can likewise be utilized on your PC’s desktop to open settings, etc.
In this article, we will discuss how you can use the native speech to text Windows 10 feature to enhance your efficiency and productivity. A little alert that it might require a little time to get used to the entire experience. Additionally, you will require a microphone to use this voice dictation feature.
Important Notice: This voice dictation feature in Windows 10 works only for US English only. And, your PC also needs to be connected to the Internet for that.
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How to Use the Native Speech to Text Windows 10 Feature?
Step 1: Open any application with text input field on which you need to type anything. Then to launch the voice dictation feature press the “Windows Key + H” on your keyboard.
Step 2: Now, the speech to text panel will open with a microphone icon. This panel will also have a virtual keyboard as it is basically the touch keyboard used for laptops with tablet mode.
Step 3: Now, you can click on the microphone icon and it will get into the listening mode. Then you can start dictating using your microphone.
Be that as it may, composing or writing isn’t simply putting in random text content or words you talk. Rather, you have to include punctuation and other grammar perspectives. We will discuss the voice dictation or transcription commands below.
This is the rundown of some of the dictation commands you should utilize in the event that you are intending to use the speech to text Windows 10 feature more often than not. Say for instance, if you need to clear a word selection, then simply say Clear Selection, and it will do it. Check out some important commands in this table.
|Actions to Perform||Dictation Commands|
|Select a unit of text||Select the next three words / select the previous two paragraphs|
|Turn spelling mode on and off||Start spelling / stop spelling|
|Select the most recent dictation result||Select that|
|Select a specific word or phrase||Select word|
|Enter one of the following keys: Tab, Enter, End, Home, Page up, Page down, Backspace, Delete||Tap Enter / press Backspace|
|Moves the cursor to the end of a text unit||Move to the end of the word / go to the end of the paragraph|
|Move the cursor to the first character before a specified word or phrase||Go to the start of the word|
|Move the cursor forward to the next unit of text||Move forward to the next word / go down to the next paragraph|
|Move the cursor to the start of a text unit||Go before that / move to the start of that|
|Move the cursor backward by a unit of text||Move back to the previous word / go up to the previous paragraph|
|Move the cursor to the end of a unit of text||Go after word / move after word / go to the end of that / move to the end of paragraph|
|Move the cursor to the first character after a specified word or phrase||Go after that / move after word / go to the end of paragraph / move to the end of that|
|Delete a unit of text, such as the current word||Delete word|
|Clear a selection||Clear selection / unselect that|
|Delete the most recent dictation result, or currently selected text||Delete that / strike that|
Commands Source: Microsoft.com. You will also find other commands in this web page.
Now, you know how to use the voice dictation feature in your Windows 10 PC. After testing this speech to text Windows 10 feature, I found it works quite well. But, there are certain fixes Microsoft should consider doing in future. For example, it can’t learn your speech and hence increases the chance of making errors, etc. Otherwise, this feature is outstanding.