Dictate documents in MS Word

Tired of typing? You can now dictate your text into MS Word.

The new Dictation feature lets you use speech-to-text to write content in Office.

It’s easier than I expected to draft a document and starting writing my notes. Worth looking at if your fingers are tired from typing.

Note: The dictation feature is only available to Microsoft 365 subscribers.

See: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/dictate-your-documents-in-word-3876e05f-3fcc-418f-b8ab-db7ce0d11d3c

How to Dictate in Word

Follow these steps to dictate in MS Word.

  1. Sign in to your Microsoft 365 account.
  2. Go to Home > Dictate. Enable microphone permissions if this is your first time.
  3. A mic icon appears – wait for it to turn on to be sure it started listening.
  4. Insert punctuation any time by saying it explicitly.
  5. Fix mistakes with your keyboard or Dictation suggestions without having to turn off the mic icon.
  6. Exit dictation with Close (X) in the Dictation toolbar or pressing the button in the ribbon.

Tip: On Windows, use Alt + ` (backquote) to toggle the mic.

Video tutorial

View the tutorial on the MS Training site.