Install speech recognition

If you recently purchased a new computer, the Microsoft speech recognition engine might have been installed by the computer manufacturer. No further installation is necessary. If you installed Microsoft Office XP, or if you purchased a new computer with it installed, the speech recognition engine is included, but might not be installed. Follow one of the instructions below to install it.

To determine if the speech recognition engine is installed

Click Start, click Control Panel, click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, and then click Speech

If the Speech Recognition tab is available in Speech Properties, the speech recognition engine is installed. If it is not available, the engine is not installed.

To install speech recognition from Microsoft Word 2002


Open Microsoft Word.


On the Tools menu, click Speech.

Speech recognition is now available in all Office programs as well as other programs for which it is enabled, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer.

To install speech recognition using Add or Remove Programs


Open Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.


Click Change or Remove Programs, click Microsoft Office XP, and then click Change.


Click Add or Remove Features, and then click Next.


Under Features to install, double-click Office Shared Features.


Double-click Alternative User Input, click Speech, click the down arrow, and then click Run from My Computer.


Click Update.


Speech recognition engines are language-specific. The first three Microsoft speech engines that are available are Simplified Chinese, U.S. English, and Japanese. Engines for other languages will become available.


To open Add or Remove Programs, click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs

For more detailed information about using speech recognition, click the Help button on the Language bar.

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