Accessibility Turn On or Off Voice Access in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off voice access for your account in Windows 11.

Voice access is a new experience starting with Windows 11 build 22518 that enables everyone, including people with mobility disabilities, to control their PC and author text using only their voice and without an internet connection. For example, you can open and switch between apps, browse the web, and read and author email using your voice.

Voice access is currently available in the English language in the following dialects - English - US, English - UK, English - India, English - New Zealand, English - Canada, English - Australia. The first time you launch voice access it will check if your display language is something that is supported. If yes, you can continue with the setup experience. If it identifies that your display language is not in the supported list of languages, it will still give you the option to launch voice access, but in English (US). You can either choose to proceed at this point or turn off voice access.

Voice access includes an interactive guide that explains how to complete common tasks using your voice. In addition to the interactive guide, you can access a complete list of commands by asking “what can I say?” when voice access is listening. You can also access the complete set of voice access commands here.


You can choose to auto start voice access the next time you sign-in to your PC in settings. You can also use voice commands or keyboard shortcuts (Alt + Shift + C and Alt + Shift + B) to control whether voice access is listening or not listening.

Voice access gives real-time feedback of what voice access heard so that you know which word was not recognized correctly.

You can navigate and interact with Windows, including opening and switching applications using your voice. You can also emulate your standard inputs like keyboard and mouse via voice.

Starting with Windows 11 build 23506 (Dev) and build 22631.2050 (Beta), and build 25931 (Canary) Voice access is now available via the accessibility flyout on the Lock screen.

Starting with Windows 11 build 23550 (Dev), voice access can be used for setting up your new Windows devices and navigate through OOBE (“out of box experience”). You can launch the accessibility flyout on the bottom right corner of their screens and click on voice access to enable it.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22631.3235, you can now use all voice access features on multiple displays, including number and grid overlays which were previously unavailable on any display other than the primary one. The grid overlay feature has been further developed to allow you to not only interact with the screen you are currently using, but also quickly switch to another display. You can also use the drag and drop feature to move files, apps, and documents from one display to another.

Starting with Windows 11 build 26058 (Canary and Dev), WIN + CTRL + S will now open voice access instead of Windows Speech Recognition (WSR). Windows 11 is transitioning from WSR to voice access. WSR is being deprecated.

Starting with Windows 11 build 26231.5000 (Canary), Microsoft is introducing auto restart for voice access in Windows 11. This feature ensures that voice access will automatically restart if it encounters any issues so that individuals with limited mobility can get back to using voice access as quickly as possible. You will no longer need to rely on alternative assistive technologies or assistance from others to reactivate voice access. Should voice access automatically restart due to a crash, Microsoft is making it easier to report those crashes once voice access restarts so the team can investigate and work on fixes.

References:

When you turn on voice activation, it runs the C:\Windows\System32\VoiceAccess.exe application file.

When you turn on voice access for the first time, it will prompt you to Download a speech model for the on-device speech recognition. Once it is downloaded, you can choose a microphone you want to use with voice access and start using your voice to control your PC. (see screenshot below)

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Windows 11 is transitioning from Windows Speech Recognition (WSR) to voice access. WSR is being deprecated. A dialog will pop up when WSR is opened directing you to try voice access and Microsoft has also added a banner under Settings > Accessibility > Speech as well. Voice access, is Microsoft's new assistive technology in Windows 11, uses on-device speech recognition, enabling control of your PC and authoring text without an internet connection. It will support multiple languages and custom commands in a future update (these features are now available for Windows Insiders to try in the Dev and Beta Channels). Microsoft recommends WSR users try and start using voice access today.



Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Voice Access using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Voice Access on Sign-in Screen
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off Voice Access in Settings
  • Option Four: Turn Off Voice Access from Voice Access Toolbar


EXAMPLE: Voice access in the listening state

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Option One

Turn On or Off Voice Access using Keyboard Shortcut


This option is only available starting with Windows 11 build 26058 (Canary and Dev).


1 Press the Win :win: + Ctrl + S keys to toggle Voice Access on and off.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Voice Access on Sign-in Screen


This option is only available starting with Windows 11 build 23506 (Dev) and build 22631.2050 (Beta), and build 25931 (Canary).


1 While on the Sign-in screen with your account selected, click/tap on the Accessibility icon. (see screenshot below)

2 Turn On or Off (default) Voice access for what you want.

Voice_access_sign-in_screen.jpg





Option Three

Turn On or Off Voice Access in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accessibility on the left side, and click/tap on Speech on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Turn On or Off (default) Voice access for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Four

Turn Off Voice Access from Voice Access Toolbar


1 Click/tap on the Settings (gear) icon on the voice access toolbar at the top of the screen. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on Turn off voice access.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 
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I often use Voice Typing to dictate text. Windows key + H. Will give Voice Access a try next time I am doing speech to text. Thanks.
 

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