To dictate in Word, you need speech recognition software that is compatible with Word. This is already integrated in Office 365. In other Office versions you have to use external software solutions, which we will explain later. Here are the steps to enable speech recognition in Word (Office 365):
- Open a new or existing Word document.
- Make sure a microphone is connected to your computer and working properly.
- Click the Review tab on Word’s menu bar.
- Click on “Speech” and select “Speech Recognition” from the drop down menu.
- Click “Set up microphone” to ensure your microphone is configured properly.
- Click “Start Speech Recognition Mode” to enable speech recognition.
- Begin speaking, speaking slowly and clearly into the microphone. Word should automatically convert your speech to text.
- When you’re done, click “Exit Speech Recognition Mode” to turn off speech recognition.
It’s important to note that speech recognition in Word may not be perfect and you may need to make some corrections to the text. Even if it now works quite well, it can be advisable to simply try out external software solutions.
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