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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Speech to Text in Google Documents

Last week I published a list of ten good Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons. This week through a Tweet by Jen Deyenberg I learned of another good one to add to the list.

Speech Recognition is a free Google Docs Add-on that will allow to you speak to create a document. Get the Add-on by selecting "Get Add-ons" from the Add-ons drop-down menu in a Google Document. After selecting the Speech Recognition Add-on enable the permissions then select "start." Once you've selected "start" a new menu will appear on the right side of your screen. Click the start icon again then start talking. The transcription happens almost instantly as you talk.

The Speech Recognition Add-on does have one major flaw. That flaw is that you cannot use voice commands to insert punctuation, indentations, or spacing. To insert those elements you will have to use your keyboard.