Dictate is a Microsoft speech recognition tool in Windows 10 & 11 and Office 365. You can use Dictate in Windows to dictate text into any application while Dictate in Office needs a Microsoft 365 subscription through Glow or your organisation or a personal account. Dictate requires an internet connection.
This video shows Dictate in the Word 365 app on the desktop:
This video shows how it works in Word Online:
With Dictate in Office you can dictate in many languages, insert symbols and edit and format text.
Our Microsoft Office Dictate quick guide has more information and a full list of features and commands.
Introduction to Dictation in Windows 10 shows Dictate in Windows itself: place the text cursor in your document and press Win+H and you will see the Dictate toolbar. Turn on the microphone and dictate.
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You can use it to dictate text into any application. It works nicely with Clicker 8 and DocsPlus because they can automatically read back your dictated text after each sentence, which is useful to check that it's correct. You can only dictate text, however - the Dictate commands to move the text cursor around or format don't work.
On the Microsoft Word toolbar go to Home and click on the Dictate button. Click the Cog and check it's set to the language you want.
To begin with, we suggest turning off auto-punctuation as it adds commas or full stops when you pause, which can be unhelpful.
Click the microphone button or press ALT+` on the keyboard to start dictating.
You can choose auto-punctuation in the Settings, or dictate punctuation manually. Say:
Other common commands are:
You can download a Quick Guide on Microsoft Dictate with a full list of commands.
Proof-reading your dictated text is essential, so you really do need to have a text reader on your computer. There are many options available, such as Immersive Reader or the built in Word Speak button, free general purpose text readers such as ATbar, MiniReader, or Natural Reader, or commercial products such as Read and Write Gold or ClaroRead.
A good headset microphone is essential for speech recognition.