This post shows students and new users the steps to enable or disable voice access in Windows 11. Voice access is a new experience that allows anyone to control their PC and send text messages using their voice.
Voice access only supports the US English language, at the moment. You will need to set the Windows display language to US English for voice access to work. It takes advantage of modern speech recognition in the device to accurately recognize speech and does not need an internet connection to work.
You can use voice access to perform basic tasks such as opening and switching between applications, browsing the web, and reading and sending email. Other tasks will be included as more features are added.
Voice access is not yet available in the stable version of Windows 11. It has just been added to the Insider Preview version of Windows 11. If you need voice access at this time, you will need to join the Microsoft Insider Preview program.
How to activate voice access in Windows 11
As mentioned above, voice access allows anyone to control their PC and send text messages using their voice. If you want to use voice access at this time, you will need to join the Microsoft Insider Preview program, as it is not yet available in the stable version of Windows 11.
To activate voice access, follow the steps below.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from your System settings crystal.
To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.
The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Accessibility, then select Speaks tile on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.
In the Voice settings panel, select the Voice access tile and move the button to the Upon position.
When you activate voice access for the first time, you will be asked to download a voice template for voice recognition to your device.
Once downloaded, it will allow voice access to understand it.
How to disable voice access in Windows 11
If you enabled it and want to disable it, just reverse the steps above by going to the Start button ==> Windows Settings ==> Accessibility ==> Voice. Then, on the Voice Access tile, move the button to the Off position to disable.
You should do that!
In this tutorial we have seen how to enable or disable voice access in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.