Windows 11: You can now type text with your voice

With the recent updates, Windows 11 appears to be more focus on accessibility. The last major update brought many new features to the operating system. Among them, is particular Voice Access that allows users to control their PC by voice commands. The latest build of the Insider program, the 22538, expands the latter to the virtual keyboard.

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Its operation is very similar to that presented in December. By opening the virtual keyboard, each key is assigned a number, from 1 to 49. The user then just has to say “click on 30” for Windows to write the letter V, and so on. In the same way, it is very simple to add a number or an emoji to its text. Enough to allow people with motor disabilities or blindness to use their computer like anyone else.

Microsoft details the commands to open and close the keyboard, namely simply “open the virtual keyboard” and “hide the virtual keyboard”. In addition, the Redmond company adds that its Speech Pack application is available on its Store for device-based speech recognition that provides better transcription performance.

WINDOWS 11 NOW ALLOWS YOU TO TYPE TEXT WITH YOUR VOICE

Build 22538 also includes other new features, such as a new, more modern design for the task manager, as well as some minor changes, including several bug fixes.

To install the update, you will first need to have joined the Windows Insiders program. You can find all the news in the blog post published by Microsoft.

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