Windows 11 is packed with lots of tools that make our lives easier and simpler. One of those great tools is voice typing. The built-in voice typing or dictation tool can type anything you say without installing third-party applications.
What is this tool, how can you activate it, and what can you do with it? Read on as we discuss everything you need to know about voice typing on Windows 11.
What is voice input in Windows 11?
Voice input, also known as "Speech-to-Text" or "Dictation", is Microsoft's powerful speech recognition tool. It can perfectly convert speech to text in any Windows application. Windows 11 offers its users cloud-based speech recognition technology in addition to the existing standard device-based speech recognition capabilities.
If you've used the dictation tool on Windows 10 before, you'll love the Windows 11 voice input tool too. Voice input on Windows 11 is much more accurate, has a reliable automatic punctuality feature, and offers hundreds of new use cases.
Voice input currently supports English, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, Hindi, Japanese, and Korean, among others. For the full list of supported languages, see the Microsoft support website.
How to enable voice input in Windows 11
If you look forward to typing with your voice, the good news is that it is very easy to turn on and use the voice typing or dictation tool on Windows 11. First, you need to click in a field to enter text. This could be a text field in your browser, a word processing application, or even a messaging app.
When you see a blinking cursor in the text field, press Profit + H, and the rectangular voice input tool window appears. If instead you see an error, make sure you are connected to the internet and correctly placed your cursor in a text box.
You can then click on the gear icon and activate it Automatic punctuation. You will also find an option to turn on the Launcher for voice input to help you quickly turn on voice input when you are in a text field.
When you're ready to start speaking, click the microphone icon or press Profit + H. Windows automatically recognizes your language, transcribes it into text, and adds punctuation if necessary.
You can end voice input by saying “End dictation” or “Stop voice input”. Alternatively, you can also press or press the microphone icon Profit + H to stop speech transcription.
Why use voice input?
Compared to using a normal keyboard, voice input can save a huge amount of time. Most people speak faster than they can type, and you can save valuable time by speaking your ideas instead of typing them out.
Why write an essay when you can simply dictate it and have it transcribed almost perfectly. You can even use voice to jot down meeting notes, to-do lists, brainstorming, and more.
Voice input can be especially beneficial for people who have reading and writing difficulties, such as dyslexia. These users can use voice typing on Windows 11 to dictate their ideas and thoughts without constantly fixing spelling problems. Accessibility is critical, and Windows 11 prioritizes it ten times.
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Voice input is a valuable tool in Windows 11, and any Windows user can use it to improve accessibility and productivity. You can use it to easily take notes with your hands free or dictate an essay that you are afraid of writing; The possible uses of voice input are only dependent on your creativity.
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