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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:

Punctuation

Phrase(s)Output

period, full stop

.

comma

,

question mark

?

exclamation mark/point

!

new line

new line

apostrophe-s

's

colon

:

semicolon

;

open quotes

close quotes

" "

hyphen

-

ellipsis, dot dot dot

...

begin/open single quote

end/close single quote

' '

left/open parentheses

right/close parentheses

( )

left/open bracket

right/close bracket

[ ]

left/open brace

right/close brace

{ }

Editing

undo

delete*

delete that*

delete last [1-100] words/sentences

delete [word or phrase]*

insert space

backspace

backspace [1-100]

  • 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."

Formatting

bold

italics

underline

strikethrough

<format*> [word or phrase]

superscript

subscript

indent

decrease indent

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.”

Creating lists

start list

start numbered list

next line

exit list

Adding comments

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.

While dictating

show help

pause dictation

exit dictation*

  • To resume dictation, use the keyboard shortcut (ALT + `) or press the Mic icon in the floating dictation menu.

Symbols

Phrase(s)Output

asterisk

*

backslash

\

forward slash

/

vertical bar sign, pipe character

|

backquote, backtick

`

underscore

_

m-dash

n-dash

paragraph sign/mark

section sign

§

ampersand, and sign

&

at sign

@

copyright sign

©

registered sign

®

degree symbol

°

caret symbol

^

Mathematics

Phrase(s)Output

percent sign

%

number/pound sign

#

plus sign

+

minus sign

-

multiplication sign

x

plus or minus sign

±

division sign

÷

equal sign

=

less than sign, left angle bracket

greater than sign, right angle bracket

< >

Currency

Phrase(s)Output

dollar sign

$

pound sterling sign

£

euro sign

yen sign

¥

Emoji/faces

Phrase(s)Output

smiley face

:)

frowny face

:(

winky face

;)

heart emoji

<3




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Owner:Kristin S.Group:UW Green Bay
Created:2020-09-24 14:57 CDTUpdated:2020-09-24 15:07 CDT
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