How to Enable or Disable Voice Access Feature in Windows 11?

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Microsoft is testing new Voice access on Windows 11, and it is currently added to the Insider Preview version of Windows 11. This new feature of Windows 11 enables you to control your PC and send text messages using your voice. Currently, this Voice access is working on the English-U.S language that Microsoft may extend later.

To use Voice access on your PC, you’ll need to set Windows display language to English-U.S. No need for an active internet connection to work this feature.

When you have enabled Voice access to your computer, you can use it to perform basic tasks like opening and switching between apps, browsing the web, reading, sending emails, etc.

As mentioned above, this Voice access is not yet available in Windows 11 stable build. It is now added to the Insider Preview version of Windows 11. If you need Voice access right now, you’ll need to join the Microsoft Insider Preview program.

How to Enable Voice access in Windows 11?

To turn on Voice access, follow the steps provided below:-

Step 1. Open Settings app.

Step 2. Select Accessibility in the left sidebar.

Step 3. Click Speech tile on the right-side pane, under “Interaction” section.

Step 4. Turn on the toggle switch beside the “Voice access” option when the Speech setting page opens.

When you turn on voice access for the first time, Windows will prompt you to download and set up a speech model for the on-device speech recognition. You will need to allow a Microphone on your PC to finish the setup.

Microsoft also has a guide that helps you learn and work with Voice access.

How to Disable Voice access in Windows 11?

To turn off or disable Voice access, follow the steps provided below:-

Step 1. Open Settings app.

Step 2. Select Accessibility in the left sidebar.

Step 3. Click Speech tile on the right-side pane, under “Interaction” section.

Step 4. Turn off the toggle switch beside the “Voice access” option when the Speech setting page opens.

After completing the above steps, Voice access is disabled on your computer.

How to Make Voice Access Autostart on Windows 11?

To autostart voice access on Windows 11, use these steps:-

Step 1. Open Settings app.

Step 2. Select Accessibility in the left sidebar.

Step 3. Click Speech tile on the right-side pane, under “Interaction” section.

Step 4. Check or uncheck the option “Start voice access after you sign in to your PC.”

 

If you enabled the option “Start voice access after you sign in to your PC,” you can start using voice access when you sign in to your PC.

How to Enable or Disable the Voice Access Autostart Feature using Registry Editor?

To turn on or off the voice access autostart feature by tweaking the Registry, do these steps:-

Step 1. Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Then, navigate to the following key on the left side of the Registry Editor window:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Accessibility

Step 3. On the right side of the Accessibility folder, double-click on the Configuration REG_SZ to edit it.

Step 4. Set its “Value data” as voiceaccess to enable the Voice Access auto start feature in Windows 11.

Step 5. Click OK.

Step 6. Finally, restart your computer to apply the changes.

If you want to disable Voice Access auto start feature in Windows 11, repeat the above steps and empty the “Value data” of Configuration REG_SZ in the above step 4.

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