Windows Speech Recognition
Windows Speech Recognition is a voice control system. It's an older solution, and is being replaced by Windows Voice Access.
There are 2 types of overlays that you can turn on.
- "show numbers" will turn on an overlay that displays a number for every element on the page. This is helpful when an element is missing a name, or if the user does not know how to pronounce a name.
- "mousegrid" will turn on an overlay that displays a numbered grid over the screen that allows the user to interact with parts of the screen that don't have names or numbers. For example, a user can zoom in on grid a grid number until it is large enough to cover an incorrectly coded icon button without a name or role, then pan the screen so that the number is over the button, and then say "click <number>" to activate the button.
Windows Speech Recognition is built into Windows. You can enable it in Settings > Accessibility > speech.
How to find your version
- From the system search, type "About your PC"
- Click "About your PC"
- Scroll down to "Windows specifications"
- Use the "version" listed there
Guides, Documentation, and resources
The following are some common commands.
|Activate item by name||"Click <text>"||If there are multiple choices with the same text, they will be labeled by numbers. Say "Choose <number>", then "Okay" to finish.|
|Activate item by number||"Choose <number>"||You will need to say "okay" to confirm|
|Turn on the numbers overlay||"Show numbers"|
|Hide the numbers overlay||"Hide numbers"|
|Turn on the grid overlay||"mousegrid"|
|Hide the grid overlay||"Hide grid"|
|What can I say?||"What can I say?"||See command suggestions and hints|
|press a keyboard command||"press <key>"|