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Use your computer by talking.
About Voice Control
If you cannot use a touchscreen or a mouse to control your computer, you might use your voice.
Voice control is different than just using speech-to-text or talking to your smartphone’s voice assistant (“Hey Google” or “Siri”). These are useful tools, but often still require you to click some buttons with your hand. Full voice control gives you totally hands-free operation of your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
How does it work? In addition to a series of voice commands, you will be provided with a grid overlay or numbered tags labelling different parts of the screen. Call out the number for the area you would like to activate. This lets you click anywhere on the screen. You can also perform other mouse actions like dragging or scrolling by using your voice.
What kinds of voice control options are there?
Computer Accessibility Settings
Voice control might already be built into your computer. Visit the manufacturer’s support website to learn how to use it: Windows PC or Mac. On most devices the voice control option can be found under a category called “Ease of Access” or Accessibility” in your device settings menu.
Mobile Device Accessibility Settings
Your smartphone or tablet may have voice control built in. Visit the manufacturer’s support website to learn how to use it: Apple products (iPhone, iPad); Android products. On most devices the voice control option is found by going into device settings and opening the “Accessibility” menu.
Advanced voice recognition software like Dragon Professional is also available for robust, hands-free computer access.
How can I find out what’s new?
Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:
- computer voice control
- voice mouse emulator
- voice access
How do I find out more?
If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.
If you live in Pennsylvania:
- you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
- you might borrow this equipment to try out.
Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?