Microsoft Dictation for Office 2016

Microsoft Dictation Coming to Office 2016

Getting started with dictation is easy. Within whichever Office app you’re using, a new Dictate button will appear on the Home tab. If you have a microphone connected to your PC, you can simply click the Dictate button to begin, and the icon will turn red to indicate you can start speaking. As you speak, the text will appear in your document, email, slide, or page.

According to Microsoft, the feature works best if you speak conversationally; the app will pick up on pauses and insert punctuation automatically. If you need to add specific punctuation, you can do so by saying its name. So, for example, you can add a question mark simply by saying “question mark.”

This Update is currently available for testers and will be rolling out to everyone shortly. Be aware that, at least for now, the feature only works for the English language in the U.S. You also must be connected to the internet to use dictation.

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