Windows voice-to-text: How to enjoy hands-free typing on Windows 11

Windows 11 voice to text
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Windows voice-to-text isn't new in Windows 11, but if you haven't tried it recently you owe it to yourself to give it another shot as it's come a long way, including support for punctuation. 

There are plenty of reasons to turn to voice-to-text. Whether it's a physical condition that makes typing difficult or impossible, or you simply aren't the greatest typist, or you find it easier to get your ideas out by speaking them out loud than typing them, voice-to-text can be a lifesaver. 

Beyond improvements to the voice-to-text recognition and punctuation support, the other good news is that it's a lot easier to trigger it than it used to be, so we'll have you typing hands-free in Windows 11 in just a few seconds.

1. Press Windows key + H. 

2. A small microphone bar will pop up. Press Windows key + H again or tap on the microphone icon and start speaking.

Your PC will start typing what you say in any text box. If you aren't seeing any text pop up then check to make sure your microphone isn't muted.

Windows 11 voice typing launcher settings

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There are a couple of other slight tweaks you can make in the settings to enable auto punctuation and launch the Voice typing tool when you’re in a text box. 

1. Press Windows key + H

2. Click on the gear icon

3. Enable the Voice typing launcher and Auto punctuation toggles.  

That's all there is to it, enjoy your freedom from the keyboard!

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