Monday, August 29, 2011

☑PC-Tips and Tricks: Google Chrome Voice Search



Are you using the latest version of Google Chrome?   Have you been to lately to do a search, then?  If you have, then you’ve probably seen this icon next to the search box:

Click it, and you can use your computer’s microphone to enter your search string! Just wait until you get the box that says “Speak now” and you’re good to go! It’s just like the Android smart-phone interface!

Voice Search provides a method to search by speaking. For example, just click on the microphone and say "kittens" to search for kittens. If you specifically want pictures of kittens, say "google images kittens". Want to learn more about World War II? Say "wikipedia world war two".

Voice Search comes pre-loaded with the following default services: Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo and Wolfram|Alpha. You can also add your own user-defined search engines. It also integrates speech input buttons for text fields on all websites.

This extension requires a microphone, and it needs access to all websites so it can add speech input buttons to every text field.


You can use Voice Search on the English version of if you're using the latest version of Chrome. If you already have Chrome installed, click the wrench icon wrench and select About Google Chrome to check for a new version. If you don’t have Chrome, you can download Google Chrome.

Make sure your computer has a working microphone. While some laptops and desktops have built-in microphones, others require external ones. You should be able to test the microphone in your computer’s audio settings in system preferences or control panel.

Windows Microphone Setting

Mac Microphone Setting

Using Voice Search

Open the Chrome browser and go to  You’ll see a small gray microphone on the right-hand side of the search box.

Click the microphone and you’ll see the dialog bubble below indicating that it’s time for you to say your search term.

Your results show up just as if you had typed the search term.




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