Windows Dictation – You Do The Speaking, It’ll Do The Typing
Have a long letter to write? Or maybe a recipe in your own words… Why not let Windows type it out for you!
Requirements: Windows 10 (1803 – April, 2018 release or later), microphone.
Introduced in April, 2018, Windows 10 now allows for dictation. This applies to searches (be in in Windows or the web), Microsoft Word, messaging such as Your Phone and more.
And it’s easy!
All you need to do to get started is to press the Windows logo key + H to open the dictation toolbar. Then say whatever’s on your mind.
If you’re using a tablet or a touchscreen, tap the microphone button on the touch keyboard to start dictating. Tap it again to stop dictation.
You can also stop dictating at any time by saying “stop dictation.”
Use dictation commands to tell you PC what to do, like “delete that” or “select the previous word.”
The following table tells you what you can say. If a word or phrase is in bold, it’s an example. Replace it with similar words to get the result you want.
|To do this||Say|
|Clear a selection||Clear selection; unselect that|
|Delete the most recent dictation result or currently selected text||Delete that; strike that|
|Delete a unit of text, such as the current word||Delete word|
|Move the cursor to the first character after a specified word or phrase||Go after that; move after word; go to the end of paragraph; move to the end of that|
|Move the cursor to the end of a unit of text||Go after word; move after word; go to the end of that; move to the end of paragraph|
|Move the cursor backward by a unit of text||Move back to the previous word; go up to the previous paragraph|
|Move the cursor to the first character before a specified word or phrase||Go to the start of the word|
|Move the cursor to the start of a text unit||Go before that; move to the start of that|
|Move the cursor forward to the next unit of text||Move forward to the next word; go down to the next paragraph|
|Moves the cursor to the end of a text unit||Move to the end of the word; go to the end of the paragraph|
|Enter one of the following keys: Tab, Enter, End, Home, Page up, Page down, Backspace, Delete||Tap Enter; press Backspace|
|Select a specific word or phrase||Select word|
|Select the most recent dictation result||Select that|
|Select a unit of text||Select the next three words; select the previous two paragraphs|
|Turn spelling mode on and off||Start spelling; stop spelling|
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