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.
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.