I've got Speech Recognition set up and trained - or so I thought.

I can get it to work fine in Word 2003 in Voice Command mode - menus open and close, selections are made etc - all rather better than I had expected.

But it won't function at all in Dictation mode. The white box on the language bar, which echoes the words you have said, remains stubbornly blank.

Indeed if Word is closed the white box says "listening" which I presume means its waiting for me to say something. If I open IE (for instance) the box remains "listening" but if I open Word it goes blank.

I'd be grateful for any clues please.