Voice to Text Translation

By Elizabeth Burns

Voice to text software translates spoken words into text, which can then be stored on a computer. It saves time and may benefit anyone who has a physical disability. Various voice recognition programs are available for Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.


Voice recognition software saves time and allows users to create documents, format and edit documents and navigate their computer's operating system without using their hands.


Voice recognition software usually supports multiple languages. Programs contain a large database of words and new words can be added by the user. This is useful for anyone who uses a lot of technical or medical jargon, the British BBC website notes. It can be used to carry out basic computing functions, such as underlining document text or opening a new program. Some programs are compatible with portable recording devices which means that records speeches can be transferred to a computer and translated into text.


Voice recognition software translates spoken words into text by capturing the speaker's words with a microphone and comparing them to preloaded words. Words that closely match those recognized by the software are converted into text.


People who have difficulty spelling, find it uncomfortable to use their hands because of disabilities and those who create a lot of documents can benefit from voice recognition software.