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Office 365 - Word on the Web Dictation
This article outlines using the dictation feature in Word on the web.
Dictation allows users to use speech-to-text to create content in Word on the web. This feature is also available in the desktop version as long as one is signed in with an Office 365 account; all UWGB students and staff have Office 365 accounts. All Dictation requires is a microphone and a reliable internet connection.
To turn on Dictation:
1. Go to Home > Dictate. First-time users will need to enable microphone permissions.
2. A mic icon will appear. Wait for it to turn on before you begin speaking.
You may insert punctuation and make corrections using the Dictation suggestions; you may also use your keyboard.
Exit Dictation with the Close (X) in the Dictation toolbar or by pressing the button in the ribbon again.
The following commands are recognized by Dictation:
period, full stop
ellipsis, dot dot dot
begin/open single quote
end/close single quote
delete last [1-100] words/sentences
delete [word or phrase]*
- Saying “delete” by itself removes the last word or punctuation before the cursor.
- Saying “delete that” removes the last spoken utterance.
- An example of using [phrase] would be dictating “what a super nice day” and then saying “delete super.” You would then be left with the phrase "what a nice day."
<format*> [word or phrase]
clear all formatting
align [left, center, right]
You can bold, italicize, underline, or strikethrough a word or phrase. An example would be dictating “review by tomorrow at 5PM”, then saying “bold tomorrow” which would leave you with "review by tomorrow at 5PM."
Try phrases like “bold last word” or “underline last sentence.”
start numbered list
add comment [your message here]*
- Saying “add comment look at this tomorrow” will insert a new comment with the text “Look at this tomorrow” inside it.
- Saying “add comment” by itself will create a blank comment box that can be manually typed into.
- To resume dictation, use the keyboard shortcut (ALT + `) or press the Mic icon in the floating dictation menu.
vertical bar sign, pipe character
ampersand, and sign
plus or minus sign
less than sign, left angle bracket
greater than sign, right angle bracket
pound sterling sign