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While you will have to wait a few more weeks before you can fully benefit from the performance gains, allow me to first show you how to use Google's voice dictation feature to type and edit in Google Docs and even transcribe speaker notes in Google Slides.
How to use voice dictation in Google Docs and Slides
1. Check that your device's microphone is on and working
For Google Docs or Slides to pick up your voice, you first have to ensure that your mic is turned on and accessible by the Chrome browser. Check your devices' microphone settings in the system preferences or browser permissions.
With the upcoming update, voice typing will be available on other browsers as well. For now, you'll have to stick with Chrome.
2. Toggle on Voice typing
To use voice typing on a Google Doc, open a new or existing document in your Chrome browser, go to the top left-hand corner of the document to find the menu bar, select the Tools tab, and then "Voice typing." A microphone box will appear.
The same goes for using voice typing on Google Slides. Click the Tools option in the menu bar, then select "Voice type speaker notes." The speaker notes will then open and a microphone box will appear.
3. Click and speak
Once the microphone box appears, click on the microphone icon and start speaking when you're ready.
Tip: Make sure you're speaking clearly and enunciating your words. If Google isn't reproducing your dictation in a reliable manner, consider talking slower or closer to the microphone source. With the upcoming update, this process should be less of a hassle (if it currently is).
Don't forget to state the punctuation at the end of each sentence. For example, you actually have to actually say, "Period" or, "Question mark" for the end of your sentence to be marked by that punctuation.
4. Use voice commands to edit and format
Voice typing might be intuitive, but don't forget that editing and formatting your document will involve a little more instruction.
After you start voice typing, you can also use voice commands to edit and format the document. For example, you can say, "Indent line," "Bold," or, "Underline."
Note that voice commands at this time are only compatible when the account and document language are in English. They're also limited to working with Docs and not Slides or any other Google suite software.
5. End voice-to-type session
When you're done dictating, click the microphone icon once again. From here, you can type in anything that the microphone didn't pick up or edit and format by hand.
How do I turn on voice typing in Google Docs?
Make sure your device's microphone is working and you've allowed Google Chrome access to it. Then, open a document, go to the Tools menu, select "Voice typing," and click on the microphone box that appears.
Can I correct a mistake while voice typing in Google Docs?
Yes. If you make a mistake while dictating, you can move your cursor and fix the talk-to-text output without ending the session. Just make sure you don't say anything in the process.
Is Google voice typing an app?
Google's voice-to-type is a built-in tool that can be accessed via Google Docs and Slides.