Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Turn off Speech Recognition in Office 2003

Speech Recognition is a feature that dictates text to any Office Program. We can also use our voice to select menu items, toolbar items, dialog box items, and task pane items. Speech recognition is installed as part of a Typical or Complete installation of Office 2003. If we want to uninstall the program we need to turn it off and also edit some registry values to turn it off.

Steps to turn the feature off: 

1) Before deleting this process we may need to end the process Ctfmon.exe under the processes tab in task manager.

2) Go to Add or Remove Programs and click on Microsoft Office 2003 and click on change

3) Click on Add or remove Features> Next> Choose advanced customization of applications> Next> Advanced Customization Pane> Microsoft Office> Microsoft Office Excel

  • Text to speech (click not available)
  • Expand Office Shared Features and Alternative user Input 
  • Click on Symbol next to Speech and click not available

Click on Update and when it is complete type the command regsvr32 /u msctf.dll, to register the filename.

4) We need to edit registry values to stop the service so we must first take back up of registry and should delete the following key 


In this key we need to delete the entry Ctfmon.exe. 

From Explorer : 
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.
  3. Click Regional and Language Options.
  4. On the Languages tab, click Details.
  5. Under Installed services, click Speech Recognition, click Remove, and then click OK.
  6. Click OK to apply all the changes. Computer must be restarted to apply the changes,

This will Turn off the Speech recognition in Office 2003 version. 


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