Barking Out Commands
Your new virtual secretary is very impressive when it comes to dictation, but what about carrying out simple commands, such as saving files and printing documents? Well, let's find out. Open a document you previously saved. Strap on your microphone, and then click the Voice Command button in the Language toolbar. Say "Save." Voilà! Speech recognition passes your command along to the current Office application, and your file is saved to disk. Double-click a word to highlight it, and then say "Bold." Say "Italic." Pretty cool, huh? In addition, here's a list of keyboard commands you can use in any Office application:
Of course, you must be able to punctuate your text as you dictate. Punctuation is fairly intuitive. For a period, say "Period" or "Dot." For a comma, say "Comma." For a semicolon, say "Semicolon." I bet you can't guess what to say for an exclamation point... you got it, "Exclamation point."
Hundreds of commands and special characters can be accessed via dictation and voice commands in the various Office applications. To learn about these commands and characters, check out the help system.
What's with the EN Button in My Taskbar?!
If you minimize the Language bar, EN appears in the system tray (at the right end of the Windows taskbar), indicating that you're in English mode. Of course, if you're speaking Japanese, some other characters appear. Click EN and click Show the Language Bar to display the Language bar or right-click it for additional options.