MVP's, text to speech!!, Can I dictate in other text input program

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by andy t, Jul 15, 2008.

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    andy t Guest

    Please can a MVP help me, I have just got the new Windows Vista, complete
    with the speech recognition program. I should explain that I am disabled and
    cannot use my hands. I am so pleased at the progress made on speech

    However, I have found that dictation or text to speech, works really well in
    wordpad and notepad, but I can't seem to get it to work with other text input
    programmes such as Windows word, Windows works word processor or other non
    Windows Programmes such as Google Earth. When I try to dictate in these
    programmes, all speech recognition can do is bring up commands, and my use of
    dictation or text to speech is no more.

    I am sure that it is a configuration problem and an easy solution for you
    experts out there, I sure would like an answer to this, it would be much
    appreciated if any MVP's could help me??. For a person like me, it would be
    like a dream come true.

    Thanking you in advance
    andy t, Jul 15, 2008
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  2. Open Word, and click the 'Tools' menu, then 'Speech'.
    Mark L. Ferguson, Jul 15, 2008
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    SG Guest

    All the best,

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    SG, Jul 16, 2008
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    andy t Guest

    Thanks for the reply Mark,

    I have the new Windows Vista Home Premium and I don't seem to have MS word,
    instead I have MS "Works word processor" which seems to have taken it's
    place. I went to this, clicked on the " tools menu" like you said, but there
    was no "speech" on this menu. As I said, Dictation works Great on wordpad and
    notepad, but not on Windows works word processor. It seems like MS has
    Favoured "Wordpad" for dictating but Wordpad has'nt Got things like "spell
    check" ," grammar and punctuation" or "Thesaurus" . there must be a way to
    do this, have you any other ideas??
    andy t, Jul 16, 2008
  5. Works word processor does not function with Vista Speech Recognition text
    input. There are a number of other products that can handle it.
    Trace R&D Center
    The Trace R&D Center at the University of Wisconsin&—Madison publishes a
    database of more than 18,000 products and other information for people with
    disabilities. The database is available on their Web site. The Trace R&D
    Center also publishes Trace Resource Book, which provides descriptions and
    photographs of about 2,000 products. To obtain these materials, contact:
    Trace R&D Center, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 5901 Research Park
    Boulevard, Madison, WI 53719-1252.

    Another work around might be to paste the wordpad text into Works after
    Please use the Communities guidelines when posting.
    Mark L. Ferguson MS-MVP

    Mark L. Ferguson, Jul 16, 2008
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    andy t Guest

    Thanks Mark,

    I will try the website, I must point out though, I am from the UK but I
    assume That they will have outlets here as well ? I will try the pasting
    method, If that works, does that mean that I will have full function of works
    word processing functions such as the spelling check and punctuation etc?
    Also I now have another problem, All of a sudden, my dictation does not
    dictate straight to the page, instead it brings up an "Alternate's page"
    Where you select the text you want . Can you tell me how to change this? I
    think I might have Done something that I shouldn't have, I can explain what I
    have done in another post Because it is taking ages doing it this way. in the
    meantime, can you help me with these questions? Thank you.
    andy t, Jul 16, 2008
  7. There is no real alternative for training the recognition engine to
    recognize your speech. The pick page is how you do that.
    Mark L. Ferguson, Jul 16, 2008
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    andy t Guest

    Hello again, it seems to have gone, my dictation has returned in this post,
    what I was going to say was: I was trying to find a default in which " speech
    recognition program" would work with windows works word processor, but I
    accidentally clicked on something I should not have. So I went to restore
    and went back a few days to an earlier restore point. I restarted my
    computer, and a red Circle with a white cross appeared and the words " your
    system was not restored". So I went back to an earlier time, and it came
    back the same, how do I get rid of the red circle and rectify the problem?

    I cannot remember if I asked you this in the last post, but how do you paste
    from wordpad to windows works word processor? Apologies if i did,

    Thanks again Mark
    andy t, Jul 16, 2008
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    andy t Guest

    It's me again, what is the "pick page"? Are you telling me that I need to
    train with voice recognition on other programmes first? I have got MS office
    PowerPoint Viewer 2007, will dictation work in this? I guess I'll have to try

    If I downloaded MS Word, would dictation work in this? sorry for all the
    questions, but I am new at this. thanks again.
    andy t, Jul 16, 2008
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    andy t Guest

    I just wanted to say thanks again Mark, cutting and pasting dictation from
    wordpad to windows works word processor Worked, still don't understand why
    they could not of put text to speech in their main word program in Vista, I
    suppose it is a way for MS to make us spend more money on buying word

    and I will check out the website, still haven't done that yet.
    andy t, Jul 18, 2008
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