Windows 8 Speech to Text Alive and Well

Windows 8 Speech to Text Alive and Well

Microsoft speech to text is alive and well in Windows 8.  We’re still not sure of the status of speech to text in Windows RT. This tutorial assumes that you are using either standard Windows 8 or Windows 8 pro.  Speech recognition software can be used to not only dictate but to control both desktop and Start Screen (Metro) programs and applications.

To launch Speech to Text, go to Start Screen and type Speech. Click the Speech App and setup your system using short tutorial. Use a GOOD MICROPHONE.

To View Start Screen say: Press Windows

To Start an App While in Start say: App Name

To View App Options say:  Press Windows Z

To Close App say: Close App

To Switch to Desktop say: Desktop

To Close Desktop Windows say: Close Window

To Press a Screen Button say: Press Enter

To Scroll  say: Scroll Right or Left

To Access Options say: Show Numbers

Or say:  Mousegrid


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Living on the Windows 8 Desktop using Classic Shell


Living on the Windows 8 Desktop using Classic Shell

Video and comments apply to Windows 8. Do not confuse with Windows RT.

I along with many other long time Windows users was upset when I heard Microsoft was dropping the Start Button and Menu in Windows 8 (not to be confused with Windows RT.) After a few hours of using Windows 8 on my upgraded Acer W 500 tablet and five other computers, I became a fan of the dual user interface design.

Most negative reviews and consumer feedback predictively focus on the need to flip through the Start Screen, lack of Start button and the need to use Charms when accessing Windows search and settings. These concerns can be easily jettisoned with the addition of Start Button replacement programs. The free Classic Shell and five dollar Start 8 programs not only restore the Start Button and Menu, they allow users to completely bypass the new Windows 8 Start Screen.  Best of all, both products are easy to install and offer more flexibility than the original Windows counterparts.

If you are totally turned off by the Start Screen and want to take advantage of the faster boot time, enhanced security, improved speed, reduced need for computer memory, almost seamless access to free cloud storage, and improved reliability then you can stop twisting in the wind and upgrade to Windows 8 followed by a simple install of the free Classic Shell start button and menu.

Classic Shell allows access to both traditional desktop and new Start Screen programs. You can of course stay away from the Start Screen and miss out on the thousands of excellent free apps such as Netflix, Music, News, Kindle reader, Nook reader and the ever growing number of time wasting games but I would encourage even those who find the Tiles Start Screen an abomination to take a peek.

If you just can’t fathom ever using Start Screen apps such as Mail you can always install your favorite desktop program or the familiar Windows Essentials suite of programs on your desktop. There is no need for any angst over learning or using the new Start Screen interface. You can stay put on the desktop and use the enhanced features of the Classic Shell menu to navigate just as you do when using Vista or Windows 7.  Programs like Classic Shell and Start 8 will essentially make the Start hide in the background as you click your way through familiar desktop programs.

Contrary to many misleading blogs and reviews, you can open as many Windows as your system resources allow when using the Windows 8 Desktop mode.

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Using Windows 8 Bing Search Metro App Episode 10

Using Windows 8 Bing Search Metro App Episode 10

Bing Search is usually installed with Windows 8 but may be added using the Windows App Store.

Right Click to Select and show options. You may resize the Bing tile and toggle on and off live tile display of trending public searches. Other options include Unpin and Uninstall.

The photo used as the Bing background can be used as your Lock Screen picture. To display the App options bar at the bottom of the screen, right click the Bing photo or enter the Windows + Z key combo.

When a Bing link is clicked the page or photo is shown in the Start Screen Internet browser. To return to the Bing app, mouse to upper left corner to display Switch List of apps and left click the Bing app. Or use Windows + Tab Key Combo to show Switch bar and last used app in the top left corner of the screen.

To modify settings such as search filters, history as well as rate and review Bing on the Microsoft Store, mouse to upper right corner or use Windows + I Key Combo to access the settings panel.

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Adding Apps to Taskbar and Start Screen Episode 9

Adding Apps to Taskbar and Start Screen Episode 9

When Windows 8 Start Screen (a.k.a. Metro) Apps are purchased from the Microsoft store, linked Tiles are automatically added to your Start Screen. Traditional desktop programs, such as the newly named File Explorer, are not usually displayed as Tiles.

To add a program and utility such as the File Explorer, go to the Start Screen, type the name of the program or App and watch as Windows 8 quickly locates and displays the desired App. Once the App or Program is displayed, right click to select (noted by check in upper right corner) and select Pin to start from the options listed at the bottom of the screen.

To add a Start Screen App to the desktop Taskbar, right click the desired App on the Start Screen and select Pin to taskbar option.


Navigating Windows 8 Quick Tips

Navigating Windows 8

Navigating Windows 8 using your mouse and keyboard. Use the Windows Key to toggle between last used App and the Start Screen. While viewing the Start Screen press the Enter key to run the App in the far left corner. Use the Windows + C key to display the Charms bar or the Windows + Q key to open Windows 8 Search.

Move your mouse to the FAR LEFT corner and then DOWN to display the Switch Bar along with active Apps. Right click on an App to display menu and select Close or Snap option.

Stay tuned for more StartScreenTips videos.