Microsoft’s all-new Windows 11 is just around the corner and ready to be officially available to supported devices from October 5. Many Windows enthusiasts are already testing the beta version of Windows 11 by joining Microsoft’s Insider Program. Few new eye-catching features have been discovered during testing, and one of the coolest features that I found is the Windows 11 Voice Typing powered by the modified Microsoft Speech Services.
Although the feature is not altogether new as you have a similar feature in Windows 10, too, by the name Windows 10 Dictation, the one included with Windows 11 is a lot more advanced, seamless, and accurate. While testing it, I found its speech recognition near to perfect and pretty fast.
So, if you don’t want to take the hassle of writing things down using the keyboard on your Windows 11 system, learn how you can configure and use the Windows 11 voice typing feature.
How to configure Voice Typing in Windows 11?
Microsoft Voice Typing Tool for Windows 11
Windows 11 comes with an in-built voice typing tool that is powered by Microsoft Speech Services. Microsft Speech Services is the unification of speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and speech-translation. On Windows 10, it is used in the Dictation feature. With Windows 11, it is a lot more advanced and accurate.
Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 voice typing can take care of punctuations in your sentences. Apart from that, it is quickly accessible and can be used on any application or website wherever you are required to write or type something. So, basically, if you start using voice typing in Windows 11, after initial practice, you won’t even need a keyboard for typing purposes.
Here are the steps to use Windows 11 voice typing tool:
Step 1: First, open the application or website where you want to use voice typing. For example, I am using Notepad here.
Step 2: Next, press the Windows + H key combination on your keyboard to launch the Voice Typing tool.
Step 3: Now, click on the mic icon and start speaking what you want to get typed on the document. The Microsoft Speech Services will convert your speech into text in no time. Have a look at what I got to type using it:
Step 4: Further, you can also set the option to include punctuation automatically in your voice-to-text conversion. To enable that option, press Windows + H, and on the Voice Typing tool interface, click on the settings icon.
Step 5: Now toggle the Auto punctuation button to enable it.
Step 6: After enabling the auto punctuation option, test the working of the tool again. You will see the punctuation marks now.
What if Voice Typing is misbehaving?
If the tool is not working on your Windows 11 system, you need to perform some modifications in the Settings.
- Click on Start and select Windows Settings.
- Select Time & Language from the left pane and click on Speech on the right.
- Under the Speech Language, select the language as per your region and accent. Also, enable the “Recognize non-native accent for this language” option, if you want.
- Next, under the Microphone heading, click on Get started button.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to fix the issue.
Enable the Voice Typing Launcher on Windows 11
On Windows 11, you can enable the voice typing tool to launch wherever there is a text field and requirement of the audio to text transformation. For that, follow these instructions:
- Open the Voice Typing tool by pressing the Windows + H.
- Enable the Voice typing launcher by toggling the button.
- Now, whenever you navigate any text filed area, the Voice typing launcher will be there for assistance. For example, when I clicked on the Google search box, it appeared automatically.
Voice Commands for Voice Typing in Windows 11
Here is the list of voice commands you can try for effectively using the Voice Typing in Windows 11:
|Delete the most recent dictation result or currently selected text||Delete that; strike that|
|Delete a unit of text, such as the current word||Delete word|
|Select a specific word or phrase||Select word|
|Select the most recent dictation result||Select that|
|Turn spelling mode on and off||Start spelling; stop spelling|
|Moves the cursor to the end of a text unit||Move to the end of the word; go to the end of the paragraph.|
|Move the cursor to the first character before a specified word or phrase||Go to the start of the word|
You can also perform basic functions through voice commands like add a comma, add a semicolon, change paragraph, and more.
Windows 11 Voice Typing: Is it any good?
Since the inception of voice typing or speech-to-text, I have been using it frequently. I regularly use Google’s Cloud Text-to-Speech and found it very effective, quick, and to the point. To be honest, after using Google’s service, I was skeptical whether Microsoft Speech Services would match that level. However, with Windows 11 Voice Typing tool, Microsoft has really leveled up their speech recognition game.
It was able to comprehend even the quickly spoken words and use the correct punctuation wherever applicable. In fact, commands like insert comma or insert colon were very precisely applied. Overall, it was accurate, fast, and the auto punctuation worked well too. The only limitation I could point out is it works only when you are connected to the internet.
If the Voice Typing is not working on your Windows 11 system, check the following:
– Check the internet connection.
– Ensure the microphone is working properly
– From the settings, check the speech recognition language.
If you have Microsoft 365 personal or professional subscription, you can use the in-built Dictation feature for voice typing. The option is available under the Home tab at the extreme right.
Windows 11 is soon going to launch and you might want to install it on your device soon after the launch. Before that prepare your PC for it by following this checklist:
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.