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Dictation in Word 2016 for Windows

Dictation in Word 2016New Dictation feature

A new feature showed up on my Home Ribbon the other day. I was intrigued and decided to investigate.

Here is a screen shot of the new Dictate Button.

Hmm I thought does it do what it seems to suggest?

I clicked and then the magic started:

I am now at dictating. Having started to dictate the button gets a red stop button on the front. I just dictated all of that. It’s magic.

I must admit there is a slight delay, however I think this is a fab addition to the toolset that Microsoft keeps adding. Really useful for accessibility and helping people to get text onto the page in new ways without needing to configure lots of other applications.

What do you think? Leave a comment below 🙂

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6 comments
Alice Elliott says May 17, 2018

Really amazing Shelley, especially for those who are unable to type for temporary reasons, or even permanently!

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    Shelley Fishel says May 17, 2018

    Yes it is a fab feature. Next week I write about Read Aloud in Outlook – another great accessibility feature.

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Sarah Arrow says May 21, 2018

will have to look into this as we have been considering dragon dictation yet this looks like it could be a good solution. of course if its very sensitive it could type all sorts of things with the noise in our office 🙂

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    Shelley Fishel says May 21, 2018

    It does work really well – just watch what is going on 😉

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Jennifer Lindsay-Finan says June 6, 2018

It’s brilliant, although it might take a while to get used to my Scottish accent!

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    Shelley Fishel says June 6, 2018

    Yes I think it’s great too. Let us know how you do with the Scottish accent 🙂

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