Windows 10: Lists of vocal commands for speech recognition and dictation

Practically from the beginning, navigating commands in Microsoft Windows has been made easier by the inclusion of keyboard shortcut combinations. For some people, these shortcuts are often faster than using the mouse and the GUI. However, for some tasks, and even more efficient method for commanding Windows 10 is available—speech recognition and the power of vocal commands.

The list of potentially useful vocal commands for the Windows 10 speech recognition feature is considerable. Recognized commands range from simple tasks like opening applications to more complex jobs like editing documents. While it is not likely a user will remember all the various commands, it is possible that more than a few vocal commands will be useful enough to become a standard part of their Windows 10 tool kit.

Vocal commands for speech recognition and dictation in Windows

Activating speech recognition and dictation features in Microsoft Windows 10 requires a visit to several configuration screens, the first of which is shown in Figure A.

Figure A

Once the feature is active in Windows 10, you may reach the speech recognition interface by using the keyboard shortcut combination of Windows Key + H. Of course, your system microphone will also have to be active.

Table A provides a list of common speech recognition commands in Windows 10. Note, you can also get help from the system at any time by asking, “What can I say?” If a word or phrase is shown in bold, it is an example that can be replaced with similar words to get the result you want.

Table A—Common speech recognition commands in Windows 10

Perform an action in an app

Right-click; press Windows Z; press Ctrl B

Select an item by its name

Select an item or icon

Click Recycle Bin; click Computer; click file name

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 up; scroll down; scroll left; scroll right

Insert a new paragraph or new line in a document

Select a word in a document

Select a word and start to correct it

Select and delete specific words

Show a list of applicable commands

What can I say?

Update the list of speech commands that are currently available

Refresh speech commands

Move the Speech Recognition microphone bar

Move speech recognition

Minimize the microphone bar

Minimize speech recognition

Table B provides a list of common dictation commands in Windows 10. If a word or phrase is shown in bold, it is an example that can be replaced with similar words to get the result you want. To insert punctuation while dictating a document, simply say the word. For example, “comma” will insert a comma, etc.

Table B—Common dictation commands in Windows 10

Insert a new line in the document

Insert a new paragraph in the document

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)

Put the cursor before a specific word

Go to word

Put the cursor after a specific word

Don’t insert a space before the next word

Go to the start of the current sentence

Go to the start of the current paragraph

Go to the start of the current document

Go to the end of the current sentence

Go to the end of the current paragraph

Go to the end of the current document

Select a word in the current document

Select a word range in the current document

Select all text in the current document

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

Clear the selection on the screen

Capitalize the first letter of a word

Capitalize all the letters of a word

Make all the letters in a word lowercase

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 next sentence

Delete previous paragraph

Delete next paragraph

Delete the selected or last dictated text

Delete that

Table C provides a list of common Windows 10 application and Windows commands. If a word or phrase is shown in bold, it is an example that can be replaced with similar words to get the result you want.

Table C—Common Windows 10 application and windows commands (Microsoft)

Select an item by its name

Select an item or icon

Click Recycle Bin; click Computer; click file name

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

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 19; double-click 5

Right-click 19; right-click 5

Open Paint; open WordPad; open app name

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

Scroll up; Scroll down; Scroll right; Scroll left

Scroll down 2 pages; Scroll up 10 pages

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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