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Opera with Voice lets you control the browser by talking to it, and generates speech from text in Web pages.
The Voice feature is only available for the English language and the Windows platform at this point.
Your computer has to run Windows 2000 or XP, and it needs to have a functioning sound card as well as a microphone and speakers or a headset properly connected.
- Make sure the volume controls for microphone and speakers are not zero or muted.
- Disabling sound in Web pages will also disable voice.
Talking to Opera
You can control the Opera user interface with your own voice, along with -- or instead of -- the mouse and keyboard.
- First of all, you need to enable the option to control Opera using your voice. Press Ctrl+F12 or go to to launch the preference dialog.
- When you have enabled the option, you will be asked whether you want to download and install the voice libraries. Confirm, and Opera will handle the rest automatically.
- Go to a Web page or keep this page open.
- Click and hold the "Voice" button on the View bar.
- Say "Opera reload page" into your microphone and let go of the voice button.
With a few attempts at pronunciation you should be able to tell Opera to do a variety of things, for example to read selected text from a Web page. Just highlight the text, click the voice button and say "Opera speak".
Note: You can use the Scroll Lock key as a substitute for the "Voice" button on the View bar.
Talking to Web pages
Opera with Voice also enables you to communicate with voice-enabled Web services and pages using your voice and hearing.
Note: You need to start all commands directed at the browser with "Opera". This is required to avoid confusion with commands used by voice-enabled pages.
Remember to start all commands with "Opera". The main voice commands are:
|Speak||Read selected text|
|Read||Select first/next block of text in page and read it|
|Page address||Read address (URL) of current page|
|Link address||Read address (URL) of focused link|
|Clipboard content||Read clipboard content|
|Voice commands||Display list of default voice commands (this list)|
|Voice help||Go to the voice help page (this document)|
|Help||Go to the index page of Opera's built-in help files|
|Back/Forward||Go back to the previous page or forward to the next page|
|Fast forward||Analyze page and go to presumed next|
|Rewind||Return to previous site or first page of current site|
|Home||Go to your preset home page|
|Reload page||Reload the current page|
|Reload all||Reload all open pages|
|Stop loading||Interrupt loading of current document|
|Log in||Use Password Manager for login|
|Full screen||Enter/leave full-screen mode|
|Small screen||Emulate handheld device/return to normal display mode|
|Next/previous page||Switch to next or previous open tab in workspace|
|Paste and go||Go directly to Web address (URL) on clipboard|
|Duplicate page||Duplicate the active tab|
|New page||Open a new, blank tab|
|Close page/all||Close the active page or all open tabs|
|Close other||Close all open tabs except the active tab|
|Reopen page||Reopen the last closed tab|
|Quit application||Close Opera|
|Zoom in/out||Increase or decrease zoom % by steps of 10|
|Zoom normal||Reset to 100%|
Navigating a page
|Page start/end||Go to start or end of page|
|Page up/down/left/right||Scroll current page one screen up, down, left, or right|
|Scroll up/down/left/right||Scroll up, down, left, or right on current page|
|Move up/down/left/right||Navigate upwards, downwards, left, or right to next page element|
|Next/previous link||Highlight next or previous link in page|
|Open link||Follow highlighted link|
|Next/previous heading||Highlight next or previous heading|
|Next/previous element||Highlight next or previous element|
|Toggle images||Toggle between display of all/none/cached images|
|Toggle mode||Toggle between author mode and user mode|
|Next/previous widget||Go to next or previous form input element|
|Next/previous radio||Go to next or previous radio button|
|Click||Click selected button|
|Check||Check/uncheck item (such as checkbox or radio button)|
|Compose||Compose new message|
|Check mail||Check for new messages|
|Show bookmarks/mail/links||Display bookmarks panel, mail panel, or links panel|
|Show messages||Display messages in selected view|
|Next/previous||Move to next or previous item in panel|
|Open link||Open selected link|
|Open link in new||Open selected link in new tab|
|Next/previous message||Move to next or previous message in list|
|Reply to message/all||Reply to message sender or to all recipients of original message|
|Mark as read/unread||Mark current message as read or unread|
|Open message||Edit draft or open message for reading (depends on view)|
|Forward message||Forward current message|
Talking to Opera, a tutorial for Opera with Voice.
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