Just recently, it was announced that voice commands are available for Dictate in Word. In this post we will cover some tips and tricks on how to use these commands and other recent updates the next time you are brainstorming, creating an outline, authoring content, or giving feedback!
Dictating can be 3x faster than typing with a traditional keyboard and mouse, plus gives both educators and students flexibility in how they work. This feature lets you draft content hands-free while on-the-move, multi-tasking, or repetitive stress injury. The option to use speech-to-text is a powerful tool for early learners or students with cognitive differences too – whether just learning to type to having dyslexia or dysgraphia. It’s also much easier to do your best thinking when you can speak at the speed of thought.
Here are some quick notes about availability
The new dictation toolbar
This new dictation toolbar now exposes new settings such as auto-punctuation and help when you need it. It’s also draggable so that you can move it around and is more flexible in case you want to leave the Home tab, such as to insert a picture.
New settings and Auto punctuation
Let Word insert periods, exclamation marks, and question marks for you based on your inflection and pauses if that works best for your style of dictation. Explicitly saying your punctuation will still work when this is on.
New punctuation, symbols, and voice commands
All the supported things you can say are being added in the help section of each application or at Dictate your documents in Word. We are regularly adding more support. Some scenarios to try include:
These features are also available on the latest version of the Office app on iPhone and Android phones.
We hope you try out these updates and send us your feedback.
At any time, check out all our dictation offerings at the Dictate in Microsoft 365 page.
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