Re speech recognition dictation in Word: No way to adjust time dictation is available. Shuts off after only 15 seconds.
Preference needed to adjust time dictation is available before shutting off. Also, keyboard keystroke combination or single key needed to reactivate dictation mode in Word and elsewhere.
I agree! I'm finding this generally brilliant but the short time-out is very annoying when composing something new.
Louis Blais commented
I share the frustration of having the dictation shut off after 15 seconds. If you could extend it to 30 seconds that would be most helpful.
[Deleted User] commented
Yes, i needs to dictation to continue for longer than 15 seconds. With pauses allowed as well
Yes, it certainly needs to allow for dictation to continue for longer than 15 seconds. With pauses allowed as well.
100% agree. Please either default to no time-limit, or give options to adjust it. It is extremely frustrating to have it stop working all the time, and having to interrupt your thinking to start dictation again.
(On a separate note, can you make "full stop" automatically write "." (i.e. a full stop), and "comma" automatically write a "," (i.e. a comma). Cortana is better than Google in eventually recognising what you are looking for and correcting. [Congratulations, and Thank You.] However it is distracting seeing "full stop" and "comma" displaying for many seconds prior to it correcting.
In the very rare situation you are writing a sentence like "the car came to a full stop", then Cortana could correct from "." to "full stop" - but in the 99.999% of cases where punctuation was desired, it would display the correct result first.)
It would be great to be able to adjust this - up to 2 minutes ideally as I am writing a book and need to ponder as I go. Frequent dropouts are a real distraction.
Jim Cherney commented
As a professor, it would be extremely helpful if dictate could be used indefinitely or if it had a much longer period before it shut itself off. I would use it to insert comments into student papers, but sometimes that can require minutes while I read their work. When it times out after 15 seconds, I pretty much have to reactivate it each time I make a comment. In some cases, this renders it pointless, as with some comments I can enter them manually faster than it takes to reactivate dictate.
Agreed. THis is very annoying.
Jose Rafael Perez Balen commented
I like to sit in front of the computer and think, and when I'm ready, start speaking. Start dictating. But for some reason the dictate command shuts down after a while, and I have to re-enable it. All the time. It's extremely annoying.
It would be great if one could just keep it on indefinitely.
This is irritating to constantly have to re-engage the dictation feature.
Rob Behr commented
Dictation is only useful for short commands, like when using Cortana. I'm a writer who would like to dictate longer documents. I've observed Windows 10 dictation has a 5-second inactivity timer that puts dictation to sleep after 5 seconds without speech input. Like many writers, I compose a sentence, then pause to consider my next phrase. But, that pause is often more than 5-seconds, so dictation goes to sleep several times per minute, which is distracting. I'd like to see the ability to shut that timer off on an application-by-application basis and customize the timer period on an application-by-application basis.
andrew klatt commented
Agree. This is important to me.