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Start or Stop Contributing Voice Clips to Microsoft in Windows 11

Voice clips are audio recordings of what you say when you use your voice to interact with Microsoft products and services. When you use your voice to interact with Microsoft products, speech recognition technology automatically generates the audio of what you say into words so that the Microsoft services can respond.

You can also choose to contribute voice clips to help improve voice typing. If you choose not to contribute voice clips, you can still use voice typing. You can change your settings anytime in voice typing settings. If you’re using a work or school account, the ability to share voice data isn’t available, but you can still use voice typing.

Microsoft uses voice clips to help train speech recognition technology to be better, more accurate, and more precise for you and everyone who speaks your language. For example, your everyday use of Microsoft voice-enabled products helps speech recognition models to learn and better recognize complex and nuanced aspects of how people talk—like accents or regional dialects, and how sentences are structured in different languages. Sampling voice clips also helps Microsoft make their technology better at understanding speech in different acoustic settings—like when there’s a lot of ambient noise versus when things are quiet. These improvements allow Microsoft to build better voice-enabled capabilities that benefit users across all Microsoft products and services.

This tutorial will show you how to start or stop contributing your voice clips to Microsoft for your account in Windows 11.

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Use Voice Typing to Dictate Text in Windows 11

With voice typing, you can enter text on your PC by speaking. Voice typing uses online speech recognition, which is powered by Azure Speech services.

You can add a language to use a voice typing language that is different than the display language you have chosen for Windows.

To switch voice typing languages, you will need to change the input language you use.

This tutorial will show you how to use voice typing to dictate text with your voice in Windows 11.

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How to Add and Remove Speech Voices in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can add and remove voice packages for a language for your device and apps. For example, text-to-speech (TTS) voices for Narrator.

Starting in Windows 10 build 18309, you can download additional voices in other languages without having to download language packs.

See also: Appendix A: Supported languages and voices | Windows Support

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove voice packages for a text-to-speech (TTS) language for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Voice Activation for Speech Recognition in Windows 10

When you set up Speech Recognition in Windows 10, it lets you control your PC with your voice alone, without needing a keyboard or mouse.

Using only your voice, you can open menus, click buttons and other objects on the screen, dictate text into documents, and write and send emails. Just about anything you do with your keyboard and mouse can be done with only your voice.

Speech Recognition is only available for the following languages: English (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, and Australia), French, German, Japanese, Mandarin (Chinese Simplified and Chinese Traditional), and Spanish.

You can choose to enable or disable voice activation mode for Speech Recognition.

Enable voice activation mode – Windows Speech Recognition turns off when you say the “Stop Listening” voice command, and must be turned on by clicking on the microphone button or pressing the Ctrl+Windows keys

Disable voice activation mode – Speech Recognition goes into sleep mode when not in use, and can be activated by saying the “Start Listening” voice command.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable voice activation for Speech Recognition for your account in Windows 10.

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