Voice Typing in Google Docs

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Talk and type!

In Google Docs, you can now simply talk for speech-to-text dictation if your computer has a microphone! Use can even pause, issue a command, pause again, and resume dictating. Below, you will find some initial directions to get you started and some common commands that you may want to use. To see a list of all commands, check out this Help Center article or say “voice commands help” when you’re voice typing. A video overview appears at the bottom of this Tech Tip so you can see voice typing in action.

Start voice typing

  1. Check that your microphone works.

  2. Open a document in Google docs with a Chrome browser.

  3. Click Tools > Voice typing. A microphone box appears.

  4. When you're ready to speak, click the microphone.

  5. Speak clearly, at a normal volume and pace (see below for more information on using punctuation).

  6. When you're done, click the microphone again.

Correct mistakes while voice typing

  • If you make a mistake while you're typing with your voice, you can move your cursor to the mistake and fix it without turning off the microphone.

  • After you correct the mistake, move the cursor back to where you want to continue. To see a list of suggestions, right-click words underlined in gray.

You can use these phrases to add punctuation to your text:

  • Period

  • Comma

  • Exclamation point

  • Question mark

  • New line

  • New paragraph

Voice commands

You can use commands to edit and format your document when you voice type. For example, "Select paragraph," "italics," or "Go to the end of the line."

Note: Voice commands are available only in English. The account language and document language must both be English.

To select text, say these commands:

  • Select [word or phrase]

  • Select all

  • Select all matching text

  • Select list item

  • Select list items at current level

  • Select next character

  • Select next [number] characters

  • Select last character

  • Select last [number] characters

  • Select line

  • Select next line

  • Select next [number] lines

  • Select last line

  • Select last [number] lines

  • Select paragraph

  • Select next paragraph

  • Select next [number] paragraphs

  • Select last paragraph

  • Select last [number] paragraphs

  • Select word

  • Select next word

  • Select next [number] words

  • Select last word

  • Select last [number] words

  • Deselect

  • Unselect

  • Select none

Type, edit and format with your voice in Docs—no keyboard needed

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