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How to Use Dictation on Desktop from Touch Keyboard in Windows 10

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You can use different keyboards with Windows to fit your needs. The most common is a physical, external keyboard that you plug into your PC. Windows 10 includes a touch keyboard for PCs.

Starting with Windows 10 build 16215, a microphone button has been added to the touch keyboard so you can now use dictation to input English or Chinese text on desktop. Currently only available for English (United States) and Chinese (Simplified) input methods.

This tutorial will show you how to use touch keyboard voice dictation on the desktop in Windows 10.

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Besides dictating text, you can also use voice commands to do basic editing or to input punctuations. Below are some examples of English dictation voice commands:
  • Say “press backspace” to inject a backspace character
  • Say “clear selection” to unselect the text that has been selected
  • Say “press delete” to inject a delete keystroke
  • Say “delete that” to delete the most recent speech recognition results, or the currently selected text
  • Say “delete last three words” to delete the last three words
  • Say “stop dictating” to terminate the dictation session
  • Say “end spelling” to terminate spelling mode
  • Say “go after <word or phrase>” to move the cursor to the first character after the specified word or phrase
  • Say “go to the end of paragraph” to move the cursor to the end of the paragraph
  • Say “move back to the previous word” to move the cursor to the left side of the previous word
  • Say “go to start of <word or phrase>” to move the cursor to the first character before the specified word or phrase
  • Say “go to the start of paragraph” to move the insertion point to the start of paragraph
  • Say “go down to next sentence” to move the cursor forward to next sentence
  • Say “go to the end of the sentence” to move the insertion point to the end of the sentence
  • Say “move to the start of the word” to move the insertion point to the start of the word
  • Say “go to the left” to inject a left arrow into input
  • Say “move right” to inject a right arrow into input
  • Say “select <word or phrase>” to select the specific word or phrase
  • Say “select that” to select the most recent speech recognition result
  • Say “select next three words” to select the next three words
  • Say “start spelling” to switch to spelling mode
  • Say “comma” (or “period”, “question mark” etc.) to input the punctuation “,” (or “.”, “?”, etc.)



Here's How:

1. Click/tap on the microphone button in the top left corner of the touch keyboard or handwriting panel, or press the dictation hotkey Win + H. (see screenshot below)

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2. When you see it Listening, you can start dictating into your microphone. (see screenshots below)
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You will also hear a sound to let you know when it's listening and has stopped listening.


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That's it,
Shawn