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Read&Write For Windows Dictation/Talk&Type

We’ve added an online Dictation/Talk&Type feature for Read&Write for Windows. This uses the Microsoft Windows Cloud based Speech Recognition service.

Pre-requisites


To use the new online Dictation/Talk&Type feature you need to:-


  • Be using Read&Write for Windows 12.0.71 or above.

  • Be using Windows 10

  • Ensure the URL Websockets.platform.bing.com can be accessed from within your network

Getting your computer ready to use Dictation/Talk&Type 

There are some settings in Microsoft Windows that should be switched on before using the Read&Write Dictation/Talk&Type feature.


  1. In Microsoft Windows go to Windows Settings.  You can get to the settings by clicking the Start button in Windows and typing Settings.

Windows Settings


  1. In the Settings Window click on Privacy.

Windows Privacy


  1. Click on Speech, then switch on the option for Online speech recognition.

Speech Window


  1. Close the Settings window.


If you are managing a number of computers on your network you can switch this option on using group policy to change the registry.  Option 3 in the Microsoft article on how to Turn on or Off Online Speech Recognition in Windows 10 provides more information on how this can be done. 

Getting your microphone ready for Dictation/Talk&Type 


You may have to switch on the option to allow apps to use your microphone.  To switch this option on you will need to be signed into the computer as an Administrator.


  1. In Microsoft Windows go to Windows Settings.  You can get to the settings by clicking the Start button in Windows and typing Settings.

Windows Settings


  1. In the Settings Window click on Privacy.

Privacy option


  1. Click on Microphone, then the Change button.  Switch this option on.

Microphone Access


  1. Scroll down the microphone settings and switch on the option to Allow apps to access your microphone.

Allow apps option


  1. Scroll down the microphone settings and switch on the option to Allow desktop apps to access your microphone.

Allow desktop apps option


  1. Close the Settings window.


If you are managing a number of computers on your network you can change these settings using group policy.  The Microsoft article on how to Allow or Deny OS and Apps Access to the microphone in Windows 10 provides more information on how this can be done.


Getting the language setup for Dictation/Talk&Type for the Canadian version

Read&Write Dictation/Talk&Type currently supports dictation in English.  If you're using the Canadian version of Read&Write for Windows, French is also available in Dictation/Talk&Type.

To install a Windows language you need to be signed into the computer as an Administrator.


The language in Read&Write can be selected by going to Read&Write settings > General.  To dictate in French, the Français option should be selected.


Read&Write choose language


To use Dictation/Talk&Type in the language you selected in Read&Write, that language must also be installed in Windows.  To do this:-


  1. In Microsoft Windows go to Windows Settings.  You can get to the settings by clicking the Start button in Windows and typing Settings.

Windows Settings


  1. In the Settings Window click on Time & Language.

Time and language option


  1. If the language you want to use isn’t listed in the Windows Display language drop down list, click Add Language.

Add language


  1. Choose the language you want to install and click Next.

Choose language


  1. Select all the options and click Install.

Language options


  1. If the language you installed is not set as the Windows Display language, select the language from the drop down list.

Display language


You will be asked to sign out of Windows to apply these new settings.  

Please be sure to save any unsaved work before signing out of Windows.


Security & Privacy

 The online Dictation/Talk&Type feature uses the Microsoft Windows Cloud based Speech Recognition service. 

 Security & Privacy information related to this service:- 

  • The online speech recognition uses HTTPS for traffic flows to the endpoints and enforces TLS1.2 to encrypt all communication between the client and the server.

  • The Service server is located on the West Coast of the US 

  • Windows 10 speech privacy details

  • Privacy statement for Microsoft speech recognition technologies

  • How does Microsoft protect my privacy while improving its speech recognition technology?

    • Microsoft de-identifies the data.

  • Microsoft Privacy statement on Personal data

  • Microsoft GDPR frequently asked questions


Read&Write Offline Dictation/Talk&Type

If your computer doesn’t have an internet connection, an offline Dictation/Talk&Type option can be used.  This will use the Speech Recognition that is built into Windows. 

To get your computer ready for offline Dictation/Talk&Type:- 


In Microsoft Windows go to Windows Settings.  You can get to the settings by clicking the Start button in Windows and typing Settings.


Windows Settings 

2. In the Settings Window click on Time & Language.


Time and language option


  1. Check the Windows display language.

Windows display language


  1. Go to Control Panel > Ease of Access > Speech Recognition > Advanced speech options

  1. Select the same language as the Windows display language.

Speech Properties


  1. Click OK to save your settings and close the Speech Properties window.

Stopping the offline Speech Recognition from starting on computer startup


If you would like to switch off the offline Speech Recognition on computer startup:-


  1. Go to Control Panel > Ease of Access > Speech Recognition > Advanced speech options

  1. Uncheck the option Run Speech Recognition at startup.

Run speech at startup


  1. Click OK to save your settings and close the Speech Properties window.

Frequently Asked Questions


What do I do if my microphone isn’t responding?


If your microphone isn’t responding:-

  • Check your microphone isn’t muted.

  • Increase the volume for your microphone.

  • Move to a quieter location.

  • If you’re using a built-in microphone, try using a headset or external microphone.

  • Make sure your microphone is not being used by another application.


Why are the Dictation/Talk&Type results not what I was expecting?


If the results you are seeing on screen are not what you were expecting:-

  • Check your microphone is in a good position for Dictation/Talk&Type.

  • Speak clearly and more deliberately.

  • Try to keep background noise to a minimum

  • Try longer pauses between sentences.


If your internet connection is slow, or if you’re downloading Windows updates it can slow down the speed that you see the words appearing on your screen.


What punctuation commands can I use in Dictation/Talk&Type?


You can find a list of punctuation commands in our Dictation/Talk&Type Punctuation Commands article.



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