Windows 11 has updated the ease of use and access of the voice typing feature. With voice typing, you can enter text on your computer by speaking. Voice typing uses online speech recognition and is available anywhere on the computer that a text box is located.

How to start voice typing

To use voice typing, you’ll need to be connected to the internet, have a working microphone, and have your cursor in a text box.

This icon should appear on the screen:

Click on the microphone and wait for the ‘Listening’ alert to appear, then start speaking. Click the microphone again to turn off voice typing.

To pin the microphone to your home screen, click on the setting icon and then toggle on ‘voice typing launcher’.

This setting allows the microphone to pop up on the home screen for use whenever there is a text box or text cursor. Simply move the microphone to a location on your home screen that is convenient and have voice typing available at any time!

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