Solved Audio file control from Word - dictation

Microsoft Word 2007 home and student
March 9, 2013 at 10:00:44
Specs: Windows 7, N/A
I am wondering if there is a way to control an audio file being used for dictation in Microsoft Word 2007. I have a recording of a meeting that I wish to write up minutes for, and currently I play the file in Windows Media Player in the background. Often I want to pause the file or skip it back a bit and this is awkward to do when the controls are in another program. I was hoping there was a plugin ribbon that I could add that would do this. I have tried searching Google for one but there's so much noise about text-to-speech dictation that I found it hard to find anything that was relevant to what I wanted.

My keyboard does not have any multimedia buttons on it, but if there is no ribbon or other good way of doing this then I might buy one. I would prefer a ribbon with a time bar/buttons to skip back a given amount of time though as this would be more practical.


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March 9, 2013 at 10:29:04
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Try this:

First you must Pin Media Play to the Task Bar:
Easiest way is to select Media Play, from the program list, in the Start menu,
right click on Media Player, and select "Pin to Task Bar"

Once you have it pinned, call up your audio file using media player,
next Reduce Media Player using the underline in the upper right corner.

Now, if you hover over the pinned Media Player icon on the task bar,
you will see you have control over the Play, Pause, Next, and Previous buttons.

Now just call up your Word doc and you should be good to go.


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March 9, 2013 at 11:48:40
That's certainly an improvement, thanks.

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