Read & Write Dictation

Dictation Features

Speech Input Tool

This tool allows you to easily create documents by dictating into a microphone connected to your computer.

  • Setting up the Speech Input Tool:

  1. Click on the SPEECH INPUTbutton on the toolbar. You will see the Speech Input window displayed.
  2. Type your name in the New Profile text box and then click the OK button to add your user profile.EXAMPLE- SPEECH INPUT SETUP
  3. The microphone setup wizard is displayed. Follow the instructions in the wizard to ensure that the microphone is in the correct position. EXAMPLE- SPEECH INPUT SETUP2
  4. The Speech Recognition Training Wizard is displayed. Follow the instructions in the wizard to train the Speech Input facility to recognize your voice.EXAMPLE- SPEECH INPUT SETUP3

You can pause the training at any stage by click the Pause button. The more training you do the better the Speech Input facility will be at recognizing your voice.

  • Using the Speech Input Tool to Create Text:

  1. Click on theSPEECH INPUT button on the toolbar. You will see the Speech Input Panel. It is currently in ‘Listening’ mode:
  2. Open Microsoft Word.
  3. Speak the following text into the microphone:  “A volcano tends to occur where tectonic plates meet. The earth is made up of about 8 big tectonic plates. When volcanoes erupt they can throw out lava, ash, and gases.”
  4. Click on the PLAY BUTTON button on the toolbar. The text you just spoke into the microphone is read back to you.
  5. Click on the MIC BUTTONbutton on the Speech Input panel. The Speech Input panel changes to ‘Sleeping’ mode. You can toggle between Listening and Sleeping modes by clicking MIC BUTTONbutton.

EXAMPLE- SPEECH INPUT2

  • Correcting text using the Speech Input facility:

  1. Open new Microsoft Word document.
  2. Click the SPEECH INPUTbutton on the toolbar.
  3. Speak some text into the microphone and stop immediately after a word is recorded incorrectly.
  4. Speak the following into the microphone: “Correct that”. You will see the Alternates panel displayed:EXAMPLE- SPEECH INPUT3
  5. Say the number displayed next to a word (or group of words) you would like to use instead.
    The Speech Input facility replaces the word in your text.
  6. Speak some more text into the microphone and only stop after speaking several sentences, i.e. after the software has made a couple of mistakes.
  7. Speak the following into the microphone:
    Correct ‘say the word that was recorded incorrectly’.
    The Alternates panel is re-displayed.
  8. You can now either:
    •say the number displayed next to a word (or group of words) you would like to use instead. The Speech Input facility replaces the word in your text
    •click on or say Spell it if your correction does not appear in the Alternates panel.
    You will see the Spelling panel displayed:EXAMPLE- SPEECH INPUT SETUP4
  9. Spell aloud the word you would like to insert in the text, in place of the original word, and then click on the OK button.
  10. Close the Alternates panel.