Activate Office Dictation even for Excel texts

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I use Excel preferably more than Word for note: easier to put screen shots where I want (infinite 'page' size), use multiple sheets to structure my notes.

I use a lot & Love Word 365 Dictation, why can't / how can I use Office 365 Dictation even for text in Excel?

Note that the Dictate feature of Win10 is much worse, has no grammar correction, gets a lot of misspelled words, not as good.


Please make it available in Excel too.


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Hi @DavideAvq,


This is a great idea to add to Microsoft Excel User Voice, however you can use the speech recognition feature available in windows to enter/delete the data, activate the speech recognition speak the numbers/text you wish to enter and once done click on insert.


This link might be helpful for you


Regards, Faraz Shaikh | MCT, MIE, MOS Master, Excel Expert

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Hallo @DavideAvq, maybe you should try Speech4Excel. With this app you can enter data into an Excel spreadsheet, but it is not directly available in Excel.
There is a limited version in the app store so you can try it out. But they also offer a feature rich professional version.
It works pretty well for my use case. Here is the link to the pro version: and here to the free one
I hope this is helpful for you. But of ourse it would be better if MS enables speech recognition in Excel.

@Faraz Shaikh thank you for trying, but the linked article doesn't actually ever tell you how to enable talk-to-text in Excel. In typical Microsoft fashion, it tells you all about what commands to use and how to recognize your voice, which is all useless if you cant turn the function on. Users want a dictate button in the toolbar, just like you get in every other office app.