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How-to Use iPad Voice Dictation

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Alex Dmitri, Feb 14, 2017.

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  1. Alex Dmitri

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    Believe it or not, voice dictation on the iPad is as easy as one-two-three.

    1. Tap the microphone button on the iPad's on-screen keyboard. This tells the iPad that you want to start dictating.
    2. Talk. The iPad will listen to your voice and turn it into text as you talk. Be sure to read over the keywords below to find out how to start a new sentence or a new paragraph.
    3. Tap the "Done" button that appears onscreen to stop dictating. It may take a few seconds to turn the last words into text on the screen. Be sure to read it over. Voice dictation isn't perfect, so you may need to make a few adjustments using the keyboard.
    The great thing about this implementation is that voice dictation is readily available any time the on-screen keyboard is available, which means no hunting around for it when you really need it.


    iPad Voice Dictation Keywords
    The iPad's voice dictation is surprisingly good at translating voice into speech, even for those of us who have thick accents. But what about ending a sentence with a question mark or starting a new paragraph? To get the most out of voice dictation, you should remember these keywords:


    • "Period". The "." is the standard way to end a sentence. It includes a space after the period, so you are ready for your next sentence.
    • "Question Mark". The "?" also includes a trailing space.
    • "New Paragraph". This keyword phrase starts a new paragraph. Remember to end the previous sentence before beginning the new paragraph.
    • "Exclamation Point". The "!" includes a trailing space.
    • "Comma". The "," includes a trailing space.
    • "Colon". The ":" includes a trailing space.
    • "Semi-Colon". The ";" includes a trailing space.
    • "Ellipsis". The "..." includes a trailing space.
    • "Quote" and "Unquote". The " produced by saying "quote" does not produce a trailing space. The " produced by saying "unquote" does include a trailing space.
    • "Slash". The "/" symbol.
    • "Asterisk". The "*" symbol.
    • "Ampersand". The "&" symbol.
    • "At Sign". The "@" symbol.
    And more... A number of other punctuation marks are also programmed into the system, so if you need one of the rarer marks, simply say it. For example, "upside down question mark" will actually produce an upside down question mark.