Google Docs now lets you edit and format text with your voice

Add paragraph breaks, bullet lists and more by just telling Docs what you want to do.
Nathan Ingraham
N. Ingraham|02.24.16

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Nathan Ingraham
February 24, 2016 2:00 PM
Google Docs now lets you edit and format text with your voice

Back in September, Google rolled out voice typing in Docs, letting you compose text without needing to touch the keyboard. Whether or not talking instead of typing is more efficient is still up for debate, but it can be handy in a variety of situation. Google has today expanded its voice typing feature in Docs to add the ability to recognize a variety of editing and formatting commands that works seamlessly with the existing dictation features.

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You can smoothly go from actually dictating text to telling Docs to doing paragraph breaks, adding bullet point lists, selecting specific text, applying different text fomarts and even adding a text smiley face. Google's voice recognition and processing still remains best-in-class, so this will likely work well enough, though not all commands might be immediately intuitive -- it'll probably take a little practice before you have your voice dictation and editing flow down. Google has a full set of of the available voice commands available in its help center, or you can just say "voice commands help" to get assistance. If you're already a voice-typing devotee, this should only make things easier. You can give voice formatting a try today.

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