Step 1: Starting the Program
Once your microphone is ready to go, I recommend that you do some speech training. This is important because it will help the software to understand your accent and the way you talk in general. The more that you do this, the better the program becomes at following your commands.
Once you have done a little training, it is time to delve into the magical world of speech recognition! Click on the first link in the speech recognition options panel to start the program.
Step 2: The Basics.
To get used to using speech recognition, start by opening a basic word processor like microsoft word. To do this, say "Open microsoft word" or whatever word program you wish to use. Try dictating a simple sentence like "Instructables is epic" and watch the computer convert your words to text on the screen. This will get you used to speaking in a clear tone.
There are many commands that you can use to control aspects of the computer and you can access a list by saying "What can I say?"
Take some time to read through and familiarise yourself with it. Some important commands are
-Start listening (Takes the program out of sleep mode)
-Stop listening (Initiates sleep mode)
-Open *Program name*
-Close that (Closes current window)
Step 3: Mousegrid
Step 4: Macros
When you open up the macro software, speech will automatically run. Writing your own is easier than it looks, you just need to know a few basic executors. To open up the new macro window, click the button on the start bar that looks like a blue speech bubble with cogs in it. This offers 5 different ways to create macros.
Step 5: Insert Text
Firstly, write the phrase you want to say to cause the program to insert the text. In the second box, write the text to be inserted. Press "Next" and then "create".
Commonly you will get an error that the program cannot sign the speech macro. This can be fixed by creating a new signing certificate. Right click on the icon on the start bar and pick security, then create new signing certificate. These are important to protect your computer from any malicious macros that could cause harm to your computer.
Step 6: Run a Program
Step 7: Send Keystrokes
As earlier, type the phrase, then the keystrokes. Pay attention to the example below the boxes as you will need to follow the conventions in order for your macro to work.
A good idea for Send Keystrokes is the Print screen. Just sayin'
Step 8: Emulate Recognition
If you need to find the real commands for the second box, remember that you can open the speech dictionary by saying "What can I say?"
Step 9: Advanced
These are the most useful for basic customisation. All executors must be in greater than or less than symbols and be between two command lines. An example is shown in the picture of how my computer (named Magrathea) can listen for a greeting and speak back.
If you would like information on more advanced executors, this will help you out a lot as it is the whole documentation of the program.