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Pros and Cons of using speech to Text Voice Recognition Programs

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Logitech Head Set for use with voice recognition on computer

Logitech Head Set for use with voice recognition on computer

This article could save you money on buying all different programs by explaining some of the pros and cons of using speech to text programs. By using these types of programs you should find it easier to earn money writing articles on the internet and save you a lot of time in the process.

Speech to Text can also be used for the home business person for keeping all sorts of documents and records. This is also very useful for those with a disability or arthritis in their hands as it records everything you say into text without the use of a keyboard. This also reduces the use of strain on your hands when using the mouse. (Sorry I do not think it will help you to play games)

There are several programs and recorders that you can use to dictate your articles into a word program with the use of a microphone and speakers. It is so simple to use although the programs need you to do a fair bit of training so that the computer can understand the way each person speaks.

It can also be used by multiple users on one computer. Keep in mind that some people find it easier to train it to understand the way they speak easier than others.

What you will need to use Voice Recognition

  • Speech to text program
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • A clear voice
  • A quiet room
  • Recorder

If you are speaking directly into your computer you can use a headset, although you need to make sure not to have the microphone too close to your mouth. This will lessen the sounds of interference more than a microphone standing on your computer desk.

You can also use a recording device that you can dictate into while out walking, or when the creative ideas pop into your head so you do not forget them. Then you will need to upload these recordings into your speech to text program on your computer.

Why use speech to text

By using speech to text you will save more time especially those people not as quick at typing. Most people can talk faster than they can type.

The majority of programs will work with Notepad, word pad, Microsoft office, Open Office and also work with your email and Internet Explorer.


Speech to text programs recognize the way you speak. After specific training the program will learn special commands like ''delete last sentence'' ''start notepad,'' ''correct a word'' and many other commands.

Training it to suit your requirements

With time and patience you can set it up to your suit your personal preferences doing things your way with your own special settings and wording. This could also be used for difficult medical records and hard to spell words.

Dragon naturally Speaking

Speech to text Programs

Dragon Naturally Speaking is a popular program which has been around for many years and has made many improvements since then. This program has a home version that does not work with excel or power point which the Premium version does.

There are many other speech to text programs to try some are even offered as free to download from the internet.

Personally I have a lisp and found that when using Naturally Speaking with a small desk microphone or a head set I could not get it to understand me correctly even after several training sessions, which was very frustrating.

Windows 7 Speech Recognition

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I recently bought a new all in one HP 310 Computer with a touch screen and found that this program is working well for me. The HP all in one computer has inbuilt speakers and microphone which picks up my voice even with the TV on low in same room. The program is on the Home Premium windows; to find this go to start, click on control panel and look for speech recognition. This program is free and works without clashing with other programs.

The screen on this computer has inbuilt speakers and microphone so there was nothing extra to buy and less clutter on my desk

I did a couple of training sessions and am amazed as to the ease of how it has understood what I have to say.

Dragon Dictate 2.0 Mac Dragon Dictate 2.0 Mac

Pros of using a Speech to Text program

  • It is so much quicker
  • You can dictate while out walking with a recorder
  • less stress on your fingers
  • It works with most programs, documents and emails
  • Help prevent back pain as you spend less time at your computer
  • With correct commands it can open and close programs
  • It does many short cut commands without toughing your computer

Cons of using a Speech to Text program

  • You need to have patience
  • Takes time to train it to understand you
  • Some programs work better than others
  • Your speech could affect the result of using voice recognition

Mac Users

You can Also buy programs to suit the mac users. So do not panic you have not been forgotten.


If you are busy and need to work faster on your computer then a speech to text voice recognition program is well worth trying. Even if you are not the best speaker; a little bit more practice on your part will improve the way it listens and interprets your commands.

Using Voice Recognition programs


Eileen Hughes (author) from Northam Western Australia on February 11, 2013:

thanks justmesuzanne. I am glad you are persevering with it. I had to give away using it simply because I work in front of the TV and also with my husband in same room and the noise and distractions just would not help it.

justmesuzanne from Texas on February 03, 2013:

I often use the speech recognition program that comes with Windows 7. I find that it occasionally forgets everything it ever knew and I have to retrain it, but other than that. It's pretty good. It is of the opinion that I have a strong southern accent (although no humans think so) so words like hair, air, pure, etc., end up being several syllable nonsense words or two words (e.g. hay are, ayer, pew were). Voted up and useful! :)

Kerry43 on September 28, 2012:

Hello, I have the Dragon software and I just love it. I use it for my college classes a lot, and I also find it useful for jotting (speaking) notes for articles, as ideas come to mind. Thanks for sharing this information, many will find it very useful.

Enjoy your afternoon:)


Eileen Hughes (author) from Northam Western Australia on November 14, 2011:

smcopywrite, why don't you try the free version of speech recognition first on windows 7. Then it wont cost you a cent. I think it is in the control on other windows programs too, but didn't try that.

smcopywrite from all over the web on November 13, 2011:

i have been extremely interested in trying the Dragon software. this is on my xmas list this year and i hope santa leaves it under my tree so that i can. thanks for a useful hub with great info.

Eileen Hughes (author) from Northam Western Australia on November 13, 2011:

Thanks DabbleYou, yes it has been around for a few years but has been improved so much in the last couple of years.

The windows speech recognition was so much easier for me this time.

DabbleYou on November 12, 2011:

It's hard to imagine how a software could understand what we say but it's here. Thanks for a nice hub.

Eileen Hughes (author) from Northam Western Australia on November 11, 2011:

Dumbledore, you are so right and not having to buy the program is better still

This Old Guy from Somewhere in Ohio on November 10, 2011:

I tried speech to text back in the days of Windows 95 and was not impressed. However, technology changes and I may give the technology another try.

The world's worst typist could always use a little help.

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