The Ultimate Guide: Disabling Speech Recognition on Windows 10

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The Ultimate Guide: Windows 10 Speech Recognition Disabled

Windows 10 users may have noticed that their device has a speech recognition feature. This feature is useful for some users, but it can also pose privacy concerns for others. This guide will help you disable speech recognition on Windows 10.

What is Speech Recognition?

Speech recognition allows users to control their devices using voice commands. It allows you to dictate text and control other applications on Windows 10.

Why disable speech recognition?

Some users may find speech recognition useful, while others might prefer to disable it for privacy reasons. Speech recognition technology can access your microphone and record audio from your environment. Disabling speech recognition is a good option to protect your privacy.

How to disable speech recognition on Windows 10

Here are the steps to disable speech recognition in Windows 10.

Step 1: Click the Windows + I keys to open Settings

Step 2: Click Privacy.

Step 3: Click Speech, inking, & Typing.

Step 4: Click “Get to Know Me” and then click “Stop getting To Know Me”

Step 5: Disable online speech recognition

Step 6: Disable Speech services and type suggestions

How to disable Cortana

You can disable Cortana (Microsoft’s virtual assistant) to further disable your device’s voice recognition. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Open Cortana.

Step 2: To open Settings, click on the gear icon.

Step 3: Turn off toggle switch for “Hey Cortana”.

Step 4: Turn off toggle switch for keyboard shortcut

Step 5: Turn off “Let Cortana reply to “Hey Cortana”

Step 6: Turn off your toggle switch to “Use Cortana even if my device is locked”.

How to disable speech recognition on the Taskbar

Here’s how you can disable the speech recognition icon in the taskbar.

Step 1: Right-click the taskbar.

Step 2: Select Cortana.

Step 3: Click on “Hidden”.

How do you verify that speech recognition is disabled?

Once you have completed the steps to disable speech recognition you might want to confirm that it has been disabled successfully. Here are the steps to verify:

Step 1: Press Windows key + H.

Step 2: Now speak into your microphone to see if there is any text on the screen.

If you have followed these steps, there should be no text displayed on your screen when you speak into the microphone.


A good way to protect your privacy is to disable speech recognition on Windows 10. Some users may find the feature useful, but others may not wish their conversations to be recorded. This guide will help you disable speech recognition on Windows 10.

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