If you've never been much of a typist, or you have an issue that prevents conventional use of a keyboard and mouse, you can still use voice recognition software to get around Windows and MacOS andmore
If you've never been much of a typist, or you have an issue that prevents conventional use of a keyboard and mouse, you can still use voice recognition software to get around Windows and MacOS and to dictate text. In fact, dictation will be faster than typing for most users. Here's the best voice recognition software out there.
That's right, Windows 7 and 10 have high-quality voice-activated controls baked in. (MacOS has very good speech recognition, too, but it's limited to text dictation.) In Windows 10, you'll give voice commands to Cortana to open menus, files, and programs, and make general inquiries like you would with Siri or Google Assistant. In Windows 7, you'll use the Speech Recognition tool instead.
Dragon Home is centered around dictating text and light web browsing, but it's the gold standard for speech recognition. Dragon can analyze your outgoing Gmail and Yahoo mail to improve word detection, and there is a comprehensive tutorial to get you started on the program as a whole. Plus, unlike Google Docs dictation, it doesn't require an Internet connection. Prices start at $100.
We've already sung the praises of Docs, and its dictation tool is quite accurate. Dictating works in dozens of languages; punctuation can be performed in German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian; text navigation is limited to English. Docs' dictation feature is also limited to Google Chrome users, but Google's web browser is pretty great and also free.