Getting Your Computer to Listen
Speech recognition dictation works only in applications that support the Microsoft
Text Services Framework. Applications that support this framework include:
• Microsoft Office Word
• Microsoft Office Outlook
• Microsoft Internet Explorer
• Nearly all applications included with Windows Vista
Speech recognition won’t work with applications that don’t support the Text Ser-
vices Framework, such as Microsoft Office PowerPoint, Microsoft Office Excel, and
Conﬁguring Speech Recognition for First Use
Before you can use Windows Speech Recognition, you must ensure that your com-
puter has a sound card and that the sound card is properly configured. You must
then connect a microphone to the sound card’s microphone jack. Speaking into the
microphone is what triggers the software.
Once you’ve connected your microphone, you can configure Windows Speech Rec-
ognition for first use. However, you won’t be able to complete the setup of the soft-
ware until you’ve adjusted the microphone volume to a proper level. To adjust the
input levels for your microphone, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound and then click Sound.
3. In the Sound dialog box, double-click Microphone on the Recording tab.
4. On the Levels tab, use the Microphone slider to adjust the input level for the
microphone, as shown in Figure 13-5.
5. On the Custom tab, select the MIC Boost checkbox if you need to boost the
input levels for your microphone.
6. Click OK.
Figure 13-5. Setting the audio input levels for your microphone