How to use voice dictation in Google Docs

Google Docs’ voice typewriting feature article is handy but you’ve to understand how it works to get the most out by it.

How to use voice dictation in Google Docs

How to use voice dictation in Google Docs

Before you call for, nah I didn’t apply voice dictation to make this column on how to apply Google Docs’ voice typing, but I could have. The service is actually very accurate and quite flexible thanks to Google’s recent addition of basic formatting and editing commands

All the same, thither a built-in lag between the issuing and executing from a command that makes the boast less than idealistic as longest forms of article where there could be lots of text edition or formatting changes—unless you’ve unlimited patience. Simply it’s a solid tool for producing documents like notes, agenda items, meeting summaries, or even out first drafts of emails.

Getting started voice dictation in Google Docs

Before you can use voice typing, you’re going to need a couple things: the latest version of Google Chrome and a functioning microphone connected to your computer.

To start, go to Google Drive and create a new Google Docs word processing document. Once you’re in the new document go to the top menu and select Tools > Voice typing…

How to use voice dictation in Google Docs

How to use voice dictation in Google Docs

A small pop-up window will appear to the left of your document with a dark microphone icon inside it. Click the microphone, it will turn red, and you can start speaking your text. As you speak, don’t be afraid to pause and think about what you’re saying—Google will wait for you. Once you’re done, click the microphone again to turn off the service.

Formatting and editing

The most foolproof agency to apply formatting such as bold or Italic words* is to start by dictating a sentence like, “I choose manual typing.”

TIP: do not forget you have to dictate your punctuation, so the above sentence would be spoken aloud as, “I prefer non-automatic typing period.”

Next say, “select ‘I prefer manual typing.’”

Followed along, “apply italics” or “go for heading two,” or whatever your preferred formatting is.

Arriving at itemized lists is a little more natural since you can say, “create bullet list” or “make numbered list.” And then dictate your list, saying “new line” between each item. When you’re done with your list say “new line” twice to end the list formatting.

Thankfully, Google also includes the all-important “undo” command in voice typing for those times when you mess up.

For a complete list of Google’s voice typing commands, check out the company’s help pages.

One and only last thing to keep open in mind is that Google’s voice dictation are like having your own digital secretaire. An very literal secretary. If you amaze frustrated and start asking yourself a question like, “What the f*** just happed?” Well, Google will not realize that was not supposed to be part of your written document.

Be careful what you say to Google, folks, and proofread everything.

This Post Was Last Updated On: February  03, 2016 By Author: Amir Shehzad

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