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Tech Tip: Voice Typing

No graphophone required!

If you're not a speedy typist, or you just want to give your thumbs a break, voice typing is a great alternative. Speech recognition software has come a long way in the last five years. While it isn't perfect yet, you will be able to dictate with a high degree of text accuracy.

All you need is a device with a microphone (or a pair of headphones with a built-in mic).

Give your thumbs a break from typing!

Here are some tips to get the best results from voice typing:

  • Speak clearly and at a regular pace

  • If you have personalization settings for your dictation/voice typing, enable them so your device learns better spelling

  • For punctuation, say the punctuation mark you want to use

If you're a GSuite user, Google Voice is already included in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. After that, open the GSuite app you wish to use, and click on Tools - Voice Typing.

It's easy to turn on dictation on your Windows computer. Just press the Win key + H and click the link to enable dictation in your settings. After you've enabled dictation, you can switch to voice typing and save your fingers by pressing Win + H anytime.

The microphone icon on the keyboard is your dictation shortcut.

On an iPhone or iPad, simply click the microphone icon on the bottom right of the keyboard, and select Enable Dictation.

Android phones and tablets also have a microphone icon for dictation on the keyboard. The button location varies depending on the model of your phone.

Do you use dictation? Do you prefer it to typing? Let us know in the comments!

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