Excel 2010 speech recognition

WoodrowA
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I am using Windows 7 and Excel 2010.  I undestand that speech recognition is not an automatic part of Excel 2010.  However, Windows 7 speech recognition works with Excel 2010.  However, I am having a hard time finding the commands to use with speech recognition in Excel.

I am thinking that the technology for voice dictation (like for a letter) is not quite there, but it appears to me that there may be possibilities for doing tedious data entry work in programs like Excel.  However, most of what I can find by way of tutorials for speach recognition does not address Excel directly. I am looking for the simplest easiest way to do things. For example, I can say one seven seven, and 177 gets entered into a cell, but then I have to say insert.  Is there a way to get around that (having to say insert each time).  I have tried 177 move down but then it types into the cell 177 move down.
Also, if I say one two three four, it interprets it 1 to 3 4. Is there a way to inform it that whatever I say next should only be intpreted as a number?

Is anyone using Speech recognition with Excel with good results?  It seems like it could be real helpful under certain circumstances, but practically speaking, it is?

Any help appreciated

I see speech recognition good in limited vocabulary situations.  Any further help I could find with regard to how to use  recognition in Excel 2010 or Access 2010 would be most appreciated.
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WoodrowA--You probably have seen this article, but in case not.
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/converting-text-to-speech-in-excel-HA010369146.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA010369151  It explains how to show the Commands available.
I suppose you know there is a tutorial when you click Control Panel|Speech Recognition|Take Speech Tutorial

Another way to handle the situation is using by Dragon Naturally Speaking.  
I haven't played with speech recognition much myself yet, but have you done the speech tutorial and run the trainer that is built into the Windows functionality? You might try "next" for next row down and "tab" for next cell to the right, and "numeral" to enter a number.

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Thank you for responding.

I have been through the tutorial and it is good for an overview of things but does not address Excel specific entries.  There are any number of commands that might work but it's the specific syntax I'm looking for.

Text to Speech is different than speech recognition.
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i hope your headset has a mic connected with it...its better if the mic is not separate...that will help a lot.


Ded9

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Can also try dragon natural speaking product...try the eval version..heard a lot about it

http://www.nuance.com/


Ded9
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WoodrowA--This list of commands may also work in Excel 2011
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/speech-recognition-commands-in-excel-HA001034617.aspx
And remember Dragon Naturally Speaking
http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm  (The earlier link is for Professional)
And finally, you may be looking for something which is not available, or at present not very polished.
http://medt3401.blogspot.com/2010/11/speech-to-text-assistive-software.html
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ded9--"Another way to handle the situation is using by Dragon Naturally Speaking. " 
See post http:#a35772045

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Oh sorry my bad i did not see that...again sorry..@WoodrowA please ignore my post.



Ded9

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I appreciate the opinions expressed but the question had to do with using speach recognition with Excel.  I am poisting my own solution/opinion.

After retesting I think that character recognition as of 5/20/11 is still not a real benefit, except in certain narrowly defined situations where the speech that needs to be recognized consists of a limited vocabulary. For example, when you are requested to answer specific questions on the phone.  

I could not find a practical use in Excel or Access at this time.
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WoodrowA--I agree.  See my comment in post http:#a35772282 
"And finally, you may be looking for something which is not available, or at present not very polished.
http://medt3401.blogspot.com/2010/11/speech-to-text-assistive-software.html "
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jcimarron:

I'm afraid I didn't give your comments the credit they deserver.  I did go to the site and print the Excel commands. The article is quite interresting also.  I don't know how to reverse what I've done but would be glad to give you points if I could, or catch you next time around.

Thank you again
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WoodrowA--Glad to hear I was of some help.  
You can give points by following the procedure here.  
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hs=26&hi=366
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WoodrowA--You are welcome!

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Thank you

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