Type with your Voice in Google Docs

If you’re using the Chrome browser, you can type in a document using your voice, provided that you have a working microphone built in to your device or connected via a port.

In your document, open the Tools menu and find Voice typing…

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A pop-up box containing a microphone symbol will appear.

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To start dictating, click the microphone or press Ctrl + Shift + S (Cmd + Shift + S on Mac). The symbol will turn red, indicating that voice recognition is now active.

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Speak your text normally and as clearly as possible. When you’ve finished, click on the microphone symbol again to suspend the session.

There are a number of ‘special’ phrases you can use to add punctuation to your text. The words/phrases PeriodCommaExclamation pointQuestion markNew line, and New paragraph will insert these items instead of the words/phrases themselves (at the moment, this punctuation only works in German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian).

If the microphone is too far away, has its volume set too low, or if there’s too much background noise, you may get a message saying that the system can’t hear you:

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Once the problem is corrected, you can carry on dictating.

Don’t expect the interpretation to be perfect – especially if you speak quickly and/or have a strong accent – but you can make corrections later via the keyboard, if any are necessary. In my tests the accuracy was around 90-95%.

One final note: I doubt that Quentin Tarantino will use this technique for his next screenplay. Try swearing as you dictate, and see what Google does!