How to Have Speech to Text in Office 2007

By William Nagel

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Speech recognition software allows you to speak commands and create documents on your computer by talking into an attached microphone. With Windows Speech Recognition enabled on your computer, you can use Microsoft Office 2007 to record your voice and translate your words into text. Windows Speech Recognition is a built-in feature of Windows Vista and Windows 7. Using Windows Speech Recognition in Microsoft Office 2007 requires some practice, but once the computer recognizes your voice, creating a document is as simple as talking to yourself.

Using Speech Recognition

Step 1

Open Windows Speech Recognition. Select “All Programs” from the “Start” menu. Select “Accessories” and “Ease of Access” from the sub-menu. Click Windows Speech Recognition.

Step 2

Open the Microsoft Office 2007 application you want to use and create a new document. Place the cursor in the new document.

Step 3

Speak into your microphone. The words you say will appear on the screen as you speak.

Step 4

Say “period” when you reach the end of a sentence. Say "paragraph" when you want to start a new paragraph.

Correcting Mistakes

Step 1

Say “correct that” to highlight the last word or phrase you said.

Step 2

Speak the correct word or words slowly and clearly into the microphone.

Step 3

Continue dictating your document to the computer.