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Speech Recognition

With Speech Recognition you can speak to your computer, tablet or smartphone to control it, give commands and dictate text.

  • Useful for anyone because you can typically speak faster than you can type;
  • helpful for people with physical difficulties, dyslexia, writing or spelling difficulties, or visual impairment;
  • freely built in to all computer, tablet and smartphone operating systems;
  • you can also buy software for Windows and Mac computers.

What's available on Windows?


Windows Speech Recognition software.


Add-in for Microsoft Outlook, Word and PowerPoint.

WordQ + SpeakQ

For people who have literacy difficulties.


Google Voice Typing

Dictate into Google Docs on Windows

Windows Speech Recognition

Built into Windows 7 and above.


What's available on iPads, iPhones and Android?

Siri for iPhone and iPads

Intelligent personal assistant on the iPad.


Google Voice Typing is Android's version of speech recognition.


What's available on a Mac?

Dictation and Dragon

The two main options for speech recognition on the Mac.

Google Voice Typing

Dictate into Google Docs on MacOS


What's available on a Chromebook?

Google Now

Digital personal assistant.

Google Voice Typing

Dictate into Google Docs on Chromebook


Find out more about...

Getting started

with Speech Recognition.

Talking in Exams Project

Speech recognition in assessments and examinations.

Raising Attainment

in literacy.