Windows Speech Recognition commands - Microsoft Support (2023)

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WindowsSpeech Recognition lets you control your PC by voice alone, without needing a keyboard or mouse. This articlelists commands that you can use with Speech Recognition.

For instructionson how to set up Speech Recognition for the first time, refer toUse voice recognition in Windows.


(Video) Speech Recognition on Windows 10 Basic commands

In this topic

  • Common Speech Recognition commands

  • Commands for dictation

  • Commands for the keyboard

  • Commands for punctuation marks and special characters

    (Video) Windows 10 Speech Recognition Software 10 minute Tutorial.

  • Commands for Windows and apps

  • Commands for using the mouse

Common Speech Recognition commands

To do this

Say this

Open Start


Open Cortana

Note:Cortana is available onlyin certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana isn't available or is turned off, you can still use search.

Press Windows C

Open Search

Press Windows S

Perform an action in an app

Right-click; Press Windows Z; press ctrl B

Select an item by its name

File; Start; View

Select an item or icon

Click Recycle Bin; Click Computer; Click file name

Double-click an item

Double-click Recycle Bin; Double-click Computer; Double-click file name

Switch to an open app

Switch to Paint; Switch to WordPad; Switch to program name; Switch application

Scroll in one direction

Scroll up; Scroll down; Scroll left; Scroll right

Insert a new paragraph or new line in a document

New paragraph; New line

Select a word in a document

Select word

Select a word and start to correct it

Correct word

Select and delete specific words

Delete word

Show a list of applicable commands

What can I say?

Update the list of speech commands that are currently available

Refresh speech commands

Turn on listening mode

Start listening

Turn off listening mode

Stop listening

Move the Speech Recognition microphone bar

Move speech recognition

Minimize the microphone bar

Minimize speech recognition

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Commands for dictation

To do this

Say this

Insert a new line in the document

New line

Insert a new paragraph in the document

New paragraph

Insert a tab


Insert the literal word (for example, insert the word "comma" instead of the punctuation mark)

Literal word

Insert the numeral form of a number (for examples, insert 3 instead of the word three)

Numeral number

Put the cursor before a specific word

Go to word

Put the cursor after a specific word

Go after word

Don't insert a space before the next word

No space

Go to the start of the current sentence

Go to start of sentence

Go to the start of the current paragraph

Go to start of paragraph

Go to the start of the current document

Go to start of document

Go to the end of the current sentence

Go to end of sentence

Go to the end of the current paragraph

Go to end of paragraph

Go to the end of the current document

Go to end of document

Select a word in the current document

Select word

Select a word range in the current document

Select word range; Select word through word

Select all text in the current document

Select all

Select a number of words before the location of the cursor

Select previous 20 words; Select previous 10 words

Select a number of words after the location of the cursor

Select next 20 words; Select next 10 words

Select the last text you dictated

Select that

Clear the selection on the screen

Clear selection

Capitalize the first letter of a word

Caps word

Capitalize all the letters of a word

All caps word

Make all the letters in a word lowercase

No caps word

Change the next number of words to uppercase

Change next 10 words to uppercase

Change the next number of words to lowercase

Change next 10 words to lowercase

Delete the previous sentence

Delete previous sentence

Delete the next sentence

Delete next sentence

Delete the previous paragraph

Delete previous paragraph

Delete the next paragraph

Delete next paragraph

Delete the selected or last dictated text

Delete that

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Commands for the keyboard

To do this

Say this

Press a key or key combination

Press keyboard key; press A; press capital B; press Shift plus A; press Ctrl plus A

Press certain keyboard keys without saying "press" first

Delete; Backspace; Enter; Page Up; Page Down; Home; End; Tab


  • You can also use the ICAONATO phonetic alphabet. For example, say "press alpha" to press A or "press bravo" to press B.

  • Speech Recognition commands for the keyboard works only with languages that use Latin alphabets.

    (Video) HOW TO use Speech Recognition Built Into Windows 10 and 11

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Commands for punctuation marks and special characters

To Insert this

Say this






Period; Dot; Decimal point




Open double quote; Open quote


Close double quote; Close quote; Close inverted commas




Open single quote


Close single quote


Greater than sign


Less than sign


Forward slash






At sign


Exclamation mark; Exclamation point


Question mark


Number sign; Pound sign


Dollar sign


Percent sign




Open parenthesis; Open paren


Close parenthesis; Close paren




Hyphen; Minus sign; Dash


En dash


Em dash


Equal sign


Plus sign


Open brace; Open curly bracket


Close brace; Close curly bracket


Open bracket; Open square bracket


Close bracket; Close square bracket


Vertical bar


Smiley face


Frowny face


Winky face

Trademark sign


Three-quarter sign


One-quarter sign


One-half sign


Pound sterling sign


Ampersand; And sign




Double slash


Back quote


Open angle bracket


Close angle bracket


Plus or minus sign


Open angle quote


Close angle quote


Multiplication sign


Division sign


Cent sign


Yen sign


Section sign


Copyright sign


Registered sign; Registered trademark sign


Degree sign

Paragraph sign


Ellipsis; Dot dot dot


Function sign

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Commands for Windowsand apps

To do this

Say this

Select an item by its name

File; Start; View

Select an item or icon

Click Recycle Bin; click Computer; click file name

Double-click an item

Double-click Computer; double-click Recycle Bin; double-click folder name

Right-click an item

Right-click Computer; right-click Recycle Bin; right-click folder name

Minimize all windows to show your desktop

Show desktop

Select something if you don't know what it's called

Show numbers (Numbers will appear on the screen for every item in the active window. Say an item's corresponding number to select it.)

Select a numbered item

19 OK; 5 OK

Double-click a numbered item

Double-click 19; Double-click 5

Right-click a numbered item

Right-click 19; Right-click 5

Open an app

Open Paint; Open WordPad; Open app name

Switch to an open app

Switch to Paint; Switch to WordPad; Switch to app name; Switch application

Close an app

Close that; Close Paint; Close Documents


Minimize that; Minimize Paint; Minimize Documents


Maximize that; Maximize Paint; Maximize Documents


Restore that; Restore Paint; Restore Documents


Cut that; Cut


Copy that; Copy




Delete that; Delete


Undo that; Scratch that; Undo

Scroll in one direction

Scroll up; Scroll down; Scroll right; Scroll left

Scroll an exact distance in pages

Scroll down 2 pages; Scroll up 10 pages

Scroll an exact distance in other units

Scroll up 5; Scroll down 7

Go to a field in a form or app

Go to field name; Go to Subject; Go to Address; Go to cc

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Commands for using the mouse

To do this

Say this

Show the mousegrid


Move the pointer to the center of a mousegrid square

Number of the square; 1; 7; 9

Select a mousegrid square

Click number of the square

Select an item to drag with the mouse

Number of the square where the item appears (followed by) mark; 3 mark; 7 mark; 9 mark

Select an area in the mousegrid where you want to drag the item

Number of the square where you want to drag the item (followed by) click; 4 click; 5 click; 6 click

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See also

Use voice recognition in Windows

Discover Windows accessibility features


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How do I turn off Windows Speech Recognition commands? ›

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  1. Click Start then type: Change text to speech options in search bar.
  2. Hit enter.
  3. Select the Speech Recognition tab.
  4. Under 'User Settings' uncheck 'Run speech recognition at startup'
  5. Click Apply and OK.

How do I add commands to Windows speech recognition? ›

Go to the Speech Studio for Custom Commands
  1. In a web browser, go to Speech Studio.
  2. Enter your credentials to sign in to the portal. The default view is your list of Speech resources. ...
  3. Select your Speech resource, and then select Go to Studio.
  4. Select Custom Commands.
Sep 20, 2022

Which feature of Windows 10 is able to accept voice commands? ›

Windows Speech Recognition lets you control your PC by voice alone, without needing a keyboard or mouse.

Why is my Windows speech recognition not working? ›

Voice typing needs access to your microphone. You'll need to turn this on in settings to use speech to text. Select Start > Settings > Privacy & security > Microphone, and make sure Microphone access is turned on.

Can I uninstall Microsoft Server Speech Recognition? ›

You will not be able to uninstall speech recognition from the computer, you can only disable from starting up automatically on the computer. You can manually start it from control panel. Go to Speech Recognition Options; click Advanced Speech Options on the left hand side of the window.

How do I permanently disable Speech Recognition in Windows 11? ›

How to control your speech settings
  1. Do one of the following: In Windows 10, go to Start > Settings > Privacy > Speech. In Windows 11, go to Start > Settings > Privacy & security > Speech.
  2. Change the Online speech recognition, setting to On or Off.

How do you set up speech commands? ›

To turn on Voice Access, follow these steps:
  1. Open your device's Settings app .
  2. Tap Accessibility, then tap Voice Access.
  3. Tap Use Voice Access.
  4. Start Voice Access in one of these ways: ...
  5. Say a command, such as "Open Gmail." Learn more Voice Access commands.

How do I add custom commands to voice control? ›

How to create custom voice commands on Android
  1. Say, “Hey Google” to activate Google Assistant.
  2. Next say, “Assistant settings.” An Assistant settings screen will appear on your phone.
  3. Tap See All Assistant Settings.
  4. Scroll down and click Shortcuts.
  5. Tap the name of the app you want to create a shortcut for.
Feb 15, 2022

Does Windows 10 have speech recognition? ›

Speech Recognition is another option if you want to control Windows 8.1, 10, or 11 with your voice. To set this up, open Control Panel in icon view and click the Speech Recognition applet. Choose the Start Speech Recognition link to set up the feature.

How does speech recognition work? ›

Voice recognition systems analyze speech through one of two models: the hidden Markov model and neural networks. The hidden Markov model breaks down spoken words into their phonemes, while recurrent neural networks use the output from previous steps to influence the input to the current step.

What can go wrong with Speech Recognition programs? ›

Here are the 5 most common things that can cause interference in voice recognition software.
  • Voices In The Background. ...
  • Speedy Talking, Dialects and More. ...
  • Music or Loud Noises in The Background. ...
  • A Speaker's Distance From The Microphone. ...
  • Similar-Sounding Words.
Jul 18, 2021

How do I make Windows speech recognition more accurate? ›

Improve the accuracy of Speech Recognition
  1. Click or tap on the system tray on the taskbar.
  2. Click or tap the microphone icon to open the Speech Recognition settings menu.
  3. Select 'Configuration'.
  4. Then select 'Improve voice recognition'.
Dec 6, 2018

Is Windows Speech Recognition accurate? ›

According to Microsoft, the rate of accuracy when trained is 99%.

How do I get rid of speech service? ›

You can do this by following these steps:
  1. Go to Settings on your phone and select Google.
  2. Go to Settings for Google apps.
  3. Tap on Search, Assistant and Voice.
  4. Go to Voice. ...
  5. Tap on Offline speech recognition.
  6. Go to the Installed tab, tap on the installed language, and hit Uninstall.
Sep 21, 2022

Is Windows Speech Recognition secure? ›

Yes, voice recognition is secure, especially when compared to classic logins that require a username and password.

What is the difference between Windows speech recognition and voice access? ›

What are the differences between the new voice access and the classic Windows Speech Recognition (WSR)? Voice access is the new command feature which is currently available for US English (EN-US). WSR is the classic command feature which is available in multiple languages.

What are the four different ways to perform speaker recognition? ›

Speaker recognition is a pattern recognition problem. The various technologies used to process and store voice prints include frequency estimation, hidden Markov models, Gaussian mixture models, pattern matching algorithms, neural networks, matrix representation, vector quantization and decision trees.

What is a command in speech? ›

Commands are a type of sentence in which someone is being told to do something. There are three other sentence types: questions, exclamations and statements. Command sentences usually, but not always, start with an imperative (bossy) verb because they tell someone to do something.

Can I make custom voice commands? ›

You can create your own commands for your Google Assistant with IFTTT. Learn about services and devices you can control. For example, if you say: "Hey Google, activate 'tell my friends I'm going sailing,'" then a status update is posted to your social network.

What are the Voice Access commands? ›

Voice Access commands let you control your Android device by speaking.
General commands
  • Open [app]
  • Go back.
  • Go home.
  • Show notifications.
  • Show Quick Settings.
  • Show recent apps.

Can I change the voice command? ›

On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings". Or go to Assistant settings. Under "All settings", tap Assistant voice. Choose a voice.

How accurate is voice recognition? ›

Speech recognition accuracy rates are 90% to 95%. Here's a basic breakdown of how speech recognition works: A microphone translates the vibrations of a person's voice into an electrical signal. A computer or similar system converts that signal into a digital signal.

Where is voice recognition used? ›

Many of these different smart home devices, such as thermostats and security systems, also make use of voice activation for that same purpose. Laptops & tablets: It's now common for laptops and tablets to have voice recognition built into the device so you can embrace a hands-free experience when you need or want to.

Does Microsoft Word have speech recognition? ›

Dictation lets you use speech-to-text to author content in Microsoft 365 with a microphone and reliable internet connection. It's a quick and easy way to get your thoughts out, create drafts or outlines, and capture notes. while signed into Microsoft 365 on a mic-enabled device.

Does Windows 11 have speech recognition? ›

To get started in Windows 11, go to Settings, select Accessibility, and then choose the setting for Speech (Figure A). At the settings screen for Speech, turn on the switch for Windows Speech Recognition. A welcome window pops up inviting you to set up your computer to recognize your voice.

How do you change speech recognition in Windows? ›

Go to Start and open Settings . Select Time & language > Language. Select the language you want to add speech to, and then select the Next button. Select the speech options you want included with the language.

What is the shortcut for speech recognition? ›

Place the cursor where you want to enter text. Press the Windows key + H keys to open the speech recognition tool.

What are the three types of speech recognition? ›

There are two types of speech recognition. One is called speaker–dependent and the other is speaker–independent. Speaker–dependent software is commonly used for dictation software, while speaker–independent software is more commonly found in telephone applications.

What are the three steps of speech recognition? ›

Speech recognition involves three processes: extraction of acoustic indices from the speech signal, estimation of the probability that the observed index string was caused by a hypothesized utterance segment, and determination of the recognized utterance via a search among hypothesized alternatives.

Why is speech recognition difficult? ›

Automatic children speech recognition is always challenging due to limited corpus and varying acoustic features. One among those is zero speech corpus and large acoustic variability which limits the power of learning of training dataset.

What are the limitations of speech recognition? ›

Speech recognition software may not be able to transliterate the words of those who speak quickly, run words together or have an accent. It also drops in accuracy when more than one speaker is present and being recorded.

What are the cons of speech recognition? ›

There are limitations to speech recognition software. It does not always work across all operating systems. Noisy environments, accents and multiple speakers may degrade results. Also, regular voice recognition software can lack integration with other key services.

Can you improve your speech recognition? ›

One of the most important factors for improving voice recognition is to use a high-quality headset microphone that holds the microphone in a consistent position directly in front of your mouth; desktop-based microphones typically provide less desirable voice-recognition results because they don't remain consistently ...

How do I permanently turn off Speech Recognition? ›

Right-click on the Start button and select Settings. Go to Privacy & security >> Speech. Turn OFF the switch for online speech recognition.

How do I turn off key commands? ›

1. Use the Local Group Policy Editor
  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to the File Explorer option as per the previous steps.
  2. Double-click on the Turn off Windows Key Hotkeys option and select either Not Configured or Disabled.
  3. Close the Local Group Policy Editor and restart your PC to save these changes.
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