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Voice Commands for Visual Studio

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Download the extension at the VS Gallery or get the nightly build

Voice Command let's you control Visual Studio using your own voice and high accuracy.

Demo video

Voice Commands demo

Play video (3:19)

Here's how to use it:


  1. Hit Alt+V (or go to Tools -> Start Listening)
  2. Say the name of a command. Examples:
  • Build
  • Format Document
  • Solution Explorer
  • New Project
  • Options
  • See full list of available voice commands
  • See the list by saying What can I say?

That's it. It's that simple.

How it works

Under the hood, Voice Commands uses Windows Speech API to handle the voice recognition. The Windows Speech API is part of Windows and can be accessed by adding a reference to System.Speech.

Calibrate the speech recognition

Since this extension uses the Windows speech APIs, you can train Windows to better understand your particular speech patterns.

See the videos and tutorial on how to use Speech Recognition.


Check out the contribution guidelines if you want to contribute to this project.

For cloning and building this project yourself, make sure to install the Extensibility Tools 2015 extension for Visual Studio which enables some features used by this project.


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