Google Docs Gets Voice Commands

NicoleMotta on Thursday February 25, 2016 at 11:02:07 AM

Google Docs Gets Voice Commands

On Wednesday, Google announced that it has updated its voice recognition capabilities for Docs on Chrome.

"We launched voice typing in Docs to help you capture ideas, compose a letter, or even write the next great novel — all without touching your keyboard. Starting today, you can also edit and format your documents with your voice," said Isaiah Greene, Product Manager for Google Docs in an official blog post on the new feature. Accessing this new voice option is as simple as selecting "Voice typing" from the Tools menu. From there, users can "Say what comes to mind — then start editing and formatting." Commands like "Copy," "Highlight," and more can be used. To see a full list of commands, simply say "Voice commands help" during a voice typing session or check out the Help Center. This feature is currently limited to Google Docs within the Chrome browser on a desktop computer, but could make its way to mobile. Voice commands are also limited to English at this time but are available worldwide.

Google launched voice typing back in September of last year. However, unlike voice commands, voice typing launched with support for multiple languages. Voice typing is available in more than 40 languages and supports numerous dialects and accents within these languages. To use voice typing, simply activate the feature in the Tools menu. Users can dictate on the go; to use voice typing on a mobile device, just tap the microphone button on your phone's keyboard and speak clearly. Voice dictation has become more accurate in recent years, thanks in part to advances in artificial intelligence that allow computers to better understand what people are saying.

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