How to Use Voice Dictation on Windows 10

Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update makes voice dictation much easier to use. Now, you can immediately begin dictation by pressing a key Windows+H on your keyboard. You don’t have to dig through the Control Panel and set anything up first.

The old Speech Recognition tool is still accessible via the Control Panel. It has some advanced features you won’t find in the new dictation tool, like the ability to navigate your desktop with voice commands. But most people will prefer the new dictation tool for more basic dictation.

How to Start Dictating

To start dictating from anywhere in Windows, select a text field and then press Windows+H on your keyboard. You’ll see a bar with “Listening” appear.

You can also start dictating by tapping the microphone key on the touch keyboard. In fact, pressing Windows+H just brings up a more minimal version of the touch keyboard.

How to Dictate Text and Enter Punctuation

Just start speaking after pressing Windows+H or tapping the microphone button. While “Listening…” is displayed, Windows will listen for your voice. You’ll need a microphone hooked up to your computer for this, but the microphones integrated into modern laptops should work fine.

While the “Listening…” text appears and the microphone icon is blue, what you say into your microphone will appear as text in the application your text cursor is placed in.

After five seconds or when you say “stop dictating” aloud, the microphone icon will turn black again, “Listening…” will vanish, and your PC will stop listening to your voice. Windows will also stop listening after you start typing with your keyboard. You’ll hear…

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