Windows 7 Speech Recognition Command Chart

The following chart shows some of the most commonly used commands in Windows 7 Speech Recognition. Words in italic font indicate that you can say many different things in place of the example word or phrase and get useful results.

Frequently Used Commands

To do this Say this
Click any item by its name Click File; Start; View
Click any item Click Recycle Bin; Click Computer; Click file name
Double-click any item Double-click Recycle Bin; Double-click Computer; Double-click file name
Switch to an open program Switch to Paint; Switch to WordPad; Switch to program name; Switch application
Scroll in one direction Scroll up; Scroll down; Scroll left; Scroll right
Insert a new paragraph or new line in a document New paragraph; New line
Select a word in a document Select word
Select a word and start to correct it Correct word
Select and delete specific words Delete word
Show a list of applicable commands What can I say?
Update the list of speech commands that are currently available Refresh speech commands
Make the computer listen to you Start listening
Make the computer stop listening Stop listening
Move the Speech Recognition microphone bar Move speech recognition
Minimize the microphone bar Minimize speech recognition
View Windows Help and Support content about specific tasks How do I do something?For example, say “How do I install a printer?” and a list of help topics is returned.

Commands for working with text

The following table shows commands for using Speech Recognition to work with text. Words in italic font indicate that you can say many different things in place of the example word or phrase and get useful results.

To do this Say this
Insert a new line in the document New line
Insert a new paragraph in the document New paragraph
Insert a tab Tab
Insert the literal word for the next command (for example, you can insert the word “comma” instead of the punctuation mark) Literal word
Insert the numeral form of a number Numeral number
Put the cursor before a specific word Go to word
Put the cursor after a specific word Go after word
Don’t insert a space before the next word No space
Go to the start of the sentence that the cursor is in Go to start of sentence
Go to the start of the paragraph the cursor is in Go to start of paragraph
Go to the start of the document Go to start of document
Go to the end of the sentence that the cursor is in Go to end of sentence
Go to the end of the paragraph that the cursor is in Go to end of paragraph
Go to the end of the current document Go to end of document
Select the word in the current document Select word
Select the word range in the current document Select word range; Select word through word
Select all text in the current document Select all
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 Select that
Clear the selection on the screen Clear selection
Capitalize the first letter of the word Caps word
Capitalize all the letters of the word All caps word
Make all the letters in the word lowercase No caps word
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 the next sentence Delete next sentence
Delete the previous paragraph Delete previous paragraph
Delete the next paragraph Delete next paragraph
Delete the selected or last dictated text Delete that

Commands for keyboard keys

The following table shows commands for using Speech Recognition to press keyboard keys. Words in italic font indicate that you can say many different things in place of the example word or phrase and get useful results.

To do this Say this
Press any key on the keyboard Press keyboard key; Press a; Press capital b; Press Shift plus a; Press Ctrl plus a
Press certain keyboard keys without saying “press” first Delete; Backspace; Enter; Page Up; Page down; Home; End; Tab

Commands for punctuation marks and special characters

The following table shows commands for using Speech Recognition to insert punctuation marks and special characters. Words in italic font indicate that you can say many different things in place of the example word or phrase and get useful results.
To make this appear Say this
, Comma
; Semicolon
. Period; Dot; Decimal point
: Colon
Open double quote; Open quote
Close double quote; Close quote; Close inverted commas
Apostrophe
Open single quote
Close single quote
> Greater than sign
< Less than sign
/ Forward slash
\ Backslash
~ Tilde
@ At sign
! Exclamation mark; Exclamation point
? Question mark
# Number sign; Pound sign
$ Dollar sign
% Percent sign
^ Caret
( Open parenthesis; Open paren
) Close parenthesis; Close paren
_ Underscore
Hyphen; Minus sign; Dash
En dash
Em dash
= Equal sign
+ Plus sign
{ Open brace; Open curly bracket
} Close brace; Close curly bracket
[ Open bracket; Open square bracket
] Close bracket; Close square bracket
| Vertical bar
🙂 Smiley face
😦 Frowny face
😉 Winky face
Trademark sign
¾ Three quarter sign
¼ One quarter sign
½ One half sign
£ Pound sterling sign
& Ampersand; And sign
* Asterisk
// Double slash
` Back quote
< Open angle bracket
> Close angle bracket
± Plus or minus sign
« Open angle quote
» Close angle quote
× Multiplication sign
÷ Division sign
¢ Cent sign
¥ Yen sign
§ Section sign
© Copyright sign
® Registered sign, Registered trademark sign
° Degree sign
Paragraph sign
Ellipsis; Dot dot dot
ƒ Function sign

Commands for using common controls

The following table shows commands for using Speech Recognition to perform tasks in Windows. Words in italic font indicate that you can say many different things in place of the example word or phrase and get useful results.

To do this Say this
Click any item by saying its name File; Edit; View; Save; Bold
Click any item Click File; Click Bold; Click Save; Click Close
Double-click any item Double-click Computer; Double-click Recycle Bin; Double-click folder name
Right-click any item Right-click Computer; Right-click Recycle Bin; Right-click folder name
Minimize all windows to show your desktop Show desktop
Click something you don’t know the name of Show numbers (Numbers will appear on the screen for every item in the active window. Say an item’s corresponding number to click it.)
Click a numbered item 19 OK; 5 OK
Double-click a numbered item Double-click 19; Double-click 5
Right-click a numbered item Right-click 19; Right-click 5

Commands for working with windows

The following table shows commands for using Speech Recognition to work with windows and programs. Words in italic font indicate that you can say many different things in place of the example word or phrase and get useful results.

To do this Say this
Open a program Open Paint; Open WordPad; Open program name
Switch to an open program Switch to Paint; Switch to WordPad; Switch to program name; Switch application
Close a program Close that; Close Paint; Close Documents
Minimize Minimize that; Minimize Paint; Minimize Documents
Maximize Maximize that; Maximize Paint; Maximize Documents
Restore Restore that; Restore Paint; Restore Documents
Cut Cut that; Cut
Copy Copy that; Copy
Paste Paste
Delete Delete that; Delete
Undo Undo that; Scratch that; Undo
Scroll in one direction Scroll up; Scroll down; Scroll right; Scroll left
Scroll an exact distance in pages Scroll down 2 pages; Scroll up 10 pages
Scroll an exact distance in other units Scroll up 5; Scroll down 7
Go to a field in a form or a program Go to field name; Go to Subject; Go to Address; Go to Cc

Commands for clicking anywhere on the screen

The following table shows commands for using Speech Recognition to click anywhere on the screen. Words in italic font indicate that you can say many different things in place of the example word or phrase and get useful results.

To do this Say this
Show the mousegrid Mousegrid
Move the mouse pointer to the center of any mousegrid square Number—or numbers—of the square; 1; 7; 9; 1, 7, 9
Click any mousegrid square Click number of the square
Select an item to drag with the mousegrid Number—or numbers—of the square where the item appears; 3, 7, 9 (followed by) mark
Select an area where you want to drag the item with the mousegrid Number—or numbers—of the square where you want to drag; 4, 5, 6 (followed by) click
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