How to write documents and emails using only your voice
“The Dictate add-on for Microsoft Office lets you write documents and emails using your voice alone. Best of all, this feature is free!”
Voice-to-text software has become ever more powerful and accurate, and Microsoft has created a free add-on for its Office apps that enables you to use state-of-the-art speech recognition technology to type what you say. It’s a great way to compose emails or write Word documents if you’re a slow typer – or if you find using a keyboard uncomfortable or difficult. While you usually have to pay for voice-to-text software, the Dictate add-on is free. That doesn’t mean it lacks features, however, since it uses the same speech recognition software that powers Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana. Of course, to use Dictate you will need a recent version of Microsoft Office. It works with Word, Outlook and PowerPoint programs, plus it supports 29 spoken languages. So, if you have Microsoft Office, as well as a microphone for your PC, then give it a try.
Matt’s best tip! Control Windows with your voice. Type ‘Windows Speech Recognition’ into the Start menu search box for options.