Using Hello Cortana Voice Command and Dictation on Windows 10

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Considering how much I enjoyed saying “Hello Google” to my Pixel phone and Google Home device, I thought I should be fair giving Cortana a try as well and see how good it is comparing to Google and other competitors.

Hello Cortana

First of all, open Settings, go to Cortana and slide on the Hey Cortana switch. As you can see, you can turn on the keyboard shortcut (Win + C) if you like.

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Now, every time when I say “Hey Cortana” to my headset, the Cortana box popping up and listening…

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Cortana is listening…

When I say “open sticky notes”, I can see my notes start popping up on my screen. And when I say something it doesn’t do, it will do a Bing search for you automatically.

It works generally well as it is. I like using the keyboard shortcut better as sometimes it doesn’t respond to my “Hey Cortana” greeting when my music is on.

Please also note that there is another different way, call Speech Recognition, that you can use your voice to command your computer under Ease of Access. It works differently from Hello Cortana and uses a different set of commands. Personally, I prefer Hello Cortana and it sounds cooler.

Voice Recognition and Dictation

Since version 1803, aka April 2018 Update, Windows 10 has another Dictation feature built in. It’s only available in US Engglish for now and works pretty seamlessly.

To start dictating, simply select a text field or open a word process program such as Notepad or Word, and press Win + H to open the dictation toolbar.

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Dictation is listening

Then start saying whatever’s on your mind. There are also a different complete Dictation commands that tell the computer what to do, such as insert a period, delete a word, or enter a new line.

It works surprisingly well during my test and I am no native English speaker. So, if you have been using other voice recognition software like Dragon or are planning using one, why not give the native built-in feature a test run?

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