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How To Create A Speech Recognition Shortcut

Having your computer perform certain tasks with your voice alone, without the need to use the keyboard and mouse, was unimaginable back In the days of the good old 16-bit Windows 3.1 operating system. Nowadays, It's very much a reality by using the native Speech Recognition utility In Windows 10. To have It readily available, In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a Speech Recognition shortcut on your desktop.

Before I make a start, here's what I'm referring to. One way to access Speech Recognition, Is to navigate to Control Panel > Ease Of Access > Speech Recognition, and you will see the configuration settings as per the Image below.

From there, you can setup and configure your computer's audio, thus enabling your voice to control your PC, rather than using the keyboard. For Instance, you can launch applications, dictate text and perform an array of tasks, that would otherwise be done by the traditional keyboard & mouse operations.

Wouldn't It be nice If you could access Speech Recognition, via a double-click of the mouse? Well, I will demonstrate how to do this, by creating a Speech Recognition shortcut on your desktop. The process Is extremely simple, so without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:

Firstly, navigate to your desktop, right-click on a blank area and select New > Shortcut as Illustrated below.

Step Two:

Next, In the Type the location of the Item field, enter the following command.
%windir%\Speech\Common\sapisvr.exe -SpeechUX -Startup

Then hit Next to move forward.

Step Three:

Now you need to give your shortcut a name. It can be anything you like. For the purpose of this tutorial, I've named mine My Speech Recognition. When you've applied yours, click Finish to finalize the process.

Step Four:

I've now navigated to my desktop, and as you can see, the Speech Recognition shortcut has been created. Let's make sure It's functional, by double-clicking It.

Last Step:

As expected, It's working without error. I've yet to configure Speech Recognition, thus the setup wizard has executed. If you're In the same scenario, simply follow the onscreen prompts until completion.

Final Thoughts:

It doesn't get much easier than this, does It? Aside from the simplicity of creating the Speech Recognition shortcut on the desktop, Is the fact that you can copy & paste It to just about any directory you like. You can also create multiple shortcuts, therefore It will be at your fingertips no matter where your computing tasks are located.


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