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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Getting Your Computer to Listen
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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
Corel WordPerfect.
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
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To set up the speech software for first use, complete the following steps:
1. Click Start, click All Programs, and then click Accessories.
2. Click Ease of Access, and then click Speech Recognition. This starts the Set up
Speech Recognition Wizard.
3. On the Welcome to Speech Recognition page, read the introductory text and
then click Next.
4. On the Select the “Type of microphone you would like to use” page, shown in
Figure 13-6, select the type of microphone you are using.
5. On the “Set up your microphone” page, follow the instructions for setting up
and positioning your microphone. Different directions are provided for each
type of microphone. Click Next.
6. On the “Adjust the microphone volume” page, shown in Figure 13-7, read the
sample text aloud into your microphone. Adjust the microphone volume if the
levels are too low or too high.
7. Click Next twice. On the “Improve speech recognition accuracy” page, specify
whether the speech recognition software should scan your documents and email
messages to learn the words and phrases you use. If you want to enable this fea-
ture, click “Enable document review.” Otherwise, click “Disable document
review” to turn off this feature. Click Next.
8. On the “Print the speech reference card” page, click “View reference sheet.” In
Windows Help and Support, click Print to print out the reference sheet.
Figure 13-6. Selecting the type of microphone you are using

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