How To Use Voice Typing Feature In Google Docs

In this technology era, there are so many voice-to-text software is available on the market. People may need such software for writing novels, business related documents or other purposes without using a keyboard. Heavy typing work can get boring at some time. The search engine giant Google provides Voice Typing feature in its online office suite, Google Docs. This functionality that lets you type any documents such as novels, business documents, academic transcriptions etc without your hands. So with your voice, you can create documents faster than typing. Google Docs is a free Web-based application in which documents and spreadsheets can be created, edited and stored online. The Voice Typing Feature in Google Docs allows users to dictate text and you can also leverage over hundreds of voice commands to edit and format your document. This article describes how to use voice typing feature in Google Docs.

You can easily enable the Voice Typing option in Google Docs. To get started with it, you need to make sure that your microphone is on. Following are the steps to enabling voice typing feature in Google Docs.

  1. First of all, turn on the microphone on your device
  2. Then, open Google Docs and click on ‘Blank’ to start a new document
  3. Next, click on the ‘Tools’ menu
  4. Tap on the ‘Voice Typing’ from the options
  5. Now a microphone icon will be added in the left section of your computer screen space
  6. Click on the microphone icon to activate voice typing mode and to start talking
  7. Tap on the microphone icon again to end voice typing

The Voice Typing feature also supports several voice commands that allow you to do a wide variety of formatting and editing functions like highlighting and replacing words, starting lists, insert tables, changing heading formatting, apply punctuations etc. The following are the major voice typing command list provided by Google Docs.

Google Docs Punctuation Voice Commands

You can say the following commands to insert punctuation type.

  • Period
  • Comma
  • Exclamation Point
  • Question Mark
  • New Line
  • New Paragraph

Google Docs Text Alignment Voice Commands

  • Align centre
  • Align justified
  • Align left
  • Align right

Google Docs Text Formatting Voice Commands

  • Bold
  • Italics
  • Strikethrough
  • Subscript
  • Superscript
  • Underline
  • Decrease Indent
  • Increase Indent
  • Line spacing [1-100]
  • Line spacing double
  • Line spacing single
  • Decrease font size
  • Increase font size
  • Font size [6-400]
  • Clear formatting
  • Remove formatting
  • Remove bold
  • Remove italics
  • Remove strikethrough
  • Remove underline

Google Docs Voice Commands For Creating and Editing Tables

  • Insert table
  • Insert table [1-20] rows by [1-20] columns
  • Insert row
  • Insert column
  • Insert new column
  • Insert new column on the left
  • Insert new row
  • Insert new row above
  • Insert new row below
  • Delete column
  • Delete row
  • Delete table

Google Docs Voice Commands For Creating Lists

  • Create a bulleted list

To add new bullets to your list say “insert bullet,” or “new line.”

  • Create a numbered list

To add new bullets to your list say  “insert bullet,” or “new line.”


Google Docs Voice Commands For Text Color, Highlighting and Background Colors

  • Text colour [colour]
  • Highlight
  • Highlight [colour]
  • Background colour [colour]
  • Remove highlight
  • Remove background colour
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