How to Convert Audio to Text in Windows

By Jason Jensen

Windows Vista and later versions of the Windows operating system have the ability to convert audio to text using a feature called "speech recognition." Speech recognition will listen to your voice and type your words as text while you speak. You can use this feature in any word processor or typing program for Windows, such as Notepad, WordPad and Microsoft Word. People can talk much faster than they can type, which is what makes speech recognition useful. Even the fastest typists cannot type as fast as a normal person speaks.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Vista or later

Step 1

Click on the "Start" menu and select the "Control Panel."

Step 2

Open the "Ease of Access" options and select "Speech Recognition."

Step 3

Click on "Set Up Microphone" and follow the setup wizard instructions. Click "Finish" when you are done.

Step 4

Click on "Take Speech Tutorial." Follow the instructions in the tutorial. This will teach you how to talk to your computer.

Step 5

Click on "Train your computer to better understand you." Follow the onscreen instructions. This will teach your computer to understand the sound of your voice and how you speak, which will help it convert your speech more accurately.

Step 6

Open a typing program like Word or Notepad. Say the phrase "Start Listening" to activate speech recognition. Then say "Dictation." You can now start speaking to your computer and it will convert your speech to text.