Pages User Guide for Mac

  • What’s new in Pages 13.2
  • Intro to Pages
  • Word-processing or page layout?
  • Intro to images, charts, and other objects
  • Create a document
  • Intro to creating a book
  • Use templates
  • Find a document
  • Open or close a document
  • Save and name a document
  • Print a document or envelope
  • Undo or redo changes
  • Use sidebars
  • Quick navigation
  • View formatting symbols and layout guides
  • Change the document view
  • Touch Bar for Pages
  • Customize the toolbar
  • Set Pages settings
  • Create a document using VoiceOver
  • Use VoiceOver to preview comments and track changes
  • Select text and place the insertion point
  • Add and replace text
  • Copy and paste text
  • Add, change, or delete a merge field
  • Manage sender information
  • Add, change, or delete a source file in Pages on Mac
  • Populate and create customized documents
  • Use dictation to enter text
  • Accents and special characters
  • Format a document for another language
  • Use phonetic guides
  • Use bidirectional text
  • Use vertical text
  • Add the date and time
  • Add mathematical equations
  • Bookmarks and links
  • Change the font or font size
  • Set a default font
  • Bold, italic, underline, and strikethrough
  • Change the color of text
  • Add a shadow or outline to text
  • Change text capitalization
  • Intro to paragraph styles
  • Apply a paragraph style
  • Create, rename, or delete a paragraph style
  • Update or revert a paragraph style
  • Use a keyboard shortcut to apply a text style
  • Copy and paste text styles
  • Format fractions automatically
  • Create and use character styles
  • Add drop caps
  • Raise and lower characters and text
  • Format Chinese, Japanese, or Korean text
  • Add a highlight effect to text
  • Format hyphens, dashes, and quotation marks
  • Set line and paragraph spacing
  • Set paragraph margins
  • Format lists
  • Set tab stops
  • Align and justify text
  • Set pagination and line and page breaks
  • Format columns of text
  • Link text boxes
  • Add borders and rules (lines)
  • Set paper size and orientation
  • Set document margins
  • Set up facing pages
  • Page templates
  • Add and format sections
  • Rearrange pages or sections
  • Duplicate pages or sections
  • Delete pages or sections
  • Table of contents
  • Bibliography
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Headers and footers
  • Add page numbers
  • Change the page background
  • Add a border around a page
  • Add watermarks and background objects
  • Create a custom template
  • Add an image
  • Add an image gallery
  • Edit an image
  • Add and edit a shape
  • Combine or break apart shapes
  • Draw a shape
  • Save a shape to the shapes library
  • Add and align text inside a shape
  • Add 3D objects
  • Add lines and arrows
  • Animate, share, or save drawings
  • Add video and audio
  • Record audio
  • Edit video and audio
  • Set movie and image formats
  • Position and align objects
  • Place objects with text
  • Use alignment guides
  • Layer, group, and lock objects
  • Change the transparency of an object
  • Fill shapes and text boxes with color or an image
  • Add a border to an object
  • Add a caption or title
  • Add a reflection or shadow
  • Use object styles
  • Resize, rotate, and flip objects
  • Add or delete a table
  • Select tables, cells, rows, and columns
  • Add or remove table rows and columns
  • Move table rows and columns
  • Resize table rows and columns
  • Merge or unmerge table cells
  • Change the look of table text
  • Show, hide, or edit a table title
  • Change table gridlines and colors
  • Use table styles
  • Resize, move, or lock a table
  • Add and edit cell content
  • Format dates, currency, and more
  • Create a custom table cell format
  • Format tables for bidirectional text
  • Highlight cells conditionally
  • Alphabetize or sort table data
  • Calculate values using data in table cells
  • Use the Formulas and Functions Help
  • Add or delete a chart
  • Change a chart from one type to another
  • Modify chart data
  • Move, resize, and rotate a chart
  • Change the look of data series
  • Add a legend, gridlines, and other markings
  • Change the look of chart text and labels
  • Add a border and background to a chart
  • Use chart styles
  • Check spelling
  • Look up words
  • Find and replace text
  • Replace text automatically
  • Show word count and other statistics
  • View annotations
  • Set author name and comment color
  • Highlight text
  • Add and print comments
  • Track changes
  • Send a document
  • Publish a book to Apple Books
  • Intro to collaboration
  • Invite others to collaborate
  • Collaborate on a shared document
  • See the latest activity in a shared document
  • Change a shared document’s settings
  • Stop sharing a document
  • Shared folders and collaboration
  • Use Box to collaborate
  • Use iCloud Drive with Pages
  • Export to Word, PDF, or another file format
  • Open an iBooks Author book in Pages
  • Reduce the document file size
  • Save a large document as a package file
  • Restore an earlier version of a document
  • Move a document
  • Delete a document
  • Lock a document
  • Password-protect a document
  • Create and manage custom templates
  • Transfer documents with AirDrop
  • Transfer documents with Handoff
  • Transfer documents with the Finder
  • If you can’t add or delete a page
  • If you can’t remove something from a document
  • If you can’t find a button or control
  • If page formatting keeps changing
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Keyboard shortcut symbols

speech to text pages

Use dictation to enter text in Pages on Mac

Place the insertion point where you want to begin dictating, or select the text you want to replace (to select placeholder text, click it).

Choose Edit > Start Dictation (from the Edit menu at the top of your screen).

If you haven’t used dictation before, follow the guided setup instructions that appear.

When dictation is set up, you can also change the shortcut key or change the language. To change your dictation settings, do one of the following:

speech to text pages

When the microphone appears, begin speaking.

To add punctuation, speak its name (for example, comma or apostrophe ).

Click Done below the microphone when you’re finished.

To learn more about using dictation, click the desktop to switch to the Finder, choose Help > macOS Help (from the Help menu at the top of your screen), then search for “dictation.”

Voice Dictation for Pages 4+

Easily dictate your notes, quanticapps, designed for ipad.

  • 3.7 • 44 Ratings
  • Offers In-App Purchases



/*\ AppSimo supports "Back to School" and gives you a great discount today 75% off - Retina iPad - iPhone 5 ready - WITH Voice Dictation for Pages JUST USE YOUR VOICE INSTEAD OF TYPING Voice Dictation for Pages deliver unprecedented accuracy and speed for voice recognition on your iPhone/iPad @ 148Apps @ : "The benefit to being to straightforward is that Voice Dictation for Pages is incredibly easy to use after some initial setup." @ Lifehacker @ : "Voice Dictation for Pages Translates Your Voice into Text and Sends It to Virtually to Pages" Voice Dictation for Pages is an easy-to-use voice recognition application that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard. Voice Dictation for Pages supports a multitude of global languages. @ Up to five times faster than typing on a keyboard @ The application is based on an intelligent speech recognition that improves with time. @ Automatic grammar correction @ An extraordinary precision in all situations @ A convenient way to dictate text to Pages FEATURES @ Voice driven correction interface @ Automatic correction of grammar and conjugation @ Google Search, YouTube, Print @ Share your text to Pages, Evernote, Doc2Go,DropBox, QuickOffice and more @ Support landscape iPad mode @ Support 22 languages @ Voice-to-text transcriptions that may be sent to Pages, or pasted into any application using the clipboard @ Convenient editing feature that provides a list of suggested words @ Based on a learning algorithms - ADDITIONAL FEATURES - •••••••••••••••••• • Retina graphics (iPhone and iPad) • Integrated Help (English) • 24/7 support • More updates to come - free! • iPad version included 24 Languages & Dialects with Speech Recognition: @ English (United States) @ English (United Kingdom) @ English (Australia) @ Spanish (Spain) @ Spanish (United States) @ Spanish (Mexico) @ French (France) @ French (Canada) @ German @ Italian @ Japanese @ Mandarin (China) @ Mandarin (Taiwan) @ Cantonese @ Korean @ Dutch @ Norwegian @ Swedish @ Danish @ Portuguese (Portugal) @ Portuguese (Brazil) @ Polish @ Russian REQUIREMENTS 1. Voice Dictation for Pages requires network connectivity (WiFi or 3G/EDGE). 2. Voice Dictation for Pages works on iPad, iPhone, and on second and third generation iPod Touch (external microphone required). Note: The iPad has a top-mounted microphone. Please contact us if you face any problem, we promise a quick answer. Follow us on twitter @quanticapps

Version 3.0

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon. + Brand new version and a completely redesigned user interface and added more features

Ratings and Reviews

With the exception of a few (probably slurred words on my part) this app is fantastic, far more accurate than dictation and for the price I'd recommend it to anyone having difficulty either projecting thoughts on paper or for anyone on the go having to write something quick or jot down thoughts. Thanks to the developers! Now my only real gripes are the key pad stays open and doesn't allow me to scroll down to the end of my text. Second and last gripe, although the amount of text is ample, if the word count could be extended say another 500 words that would be fantastic!... Other wise great app!

Won’t hold more than one or two sentences maximum.

If you need an app to dictate anything longer than a brief thought, then this fails miserably. I tried to dictate a paragraph for a report, the text is no more than a full minute, and dictation basically crashed. This is completely useless for almost every practical task. The documentation should really specify the word/time limitations that the app can handle.

A Piece of Junk - How do I get my money back?

What a piece of JUNK!!! Cannot get it to work: Will not record. Under Settings, I cannot even get it to respond to the "Contact Us" or "Rate Us" options. It is a piece of junk that was quick to take my money but unresponsive thereafter.

App Privacy

The developer, Quanticapps , has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


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SpeechTexter is a free multilingual speech-to-text application aimed at assisting you with transcription of notes, documents, books, reports or blog posts by using your voice. This app also features a customizable voice commands list, allowing users to add punctuation marks, frequently used phrases, and some app actions (undo, redo, make a new paragraph).

SpeechTexter is used daily by students, teachers, writers, bloggers around the world.

It will assist you in minimizing your writing efforts significantly.

Voice-to-text software is exceptionally valuable for people who have difficulty using their hands due to trauma, people with dyslexia or disabilities that limit the use of conventional input devices. Speech to text technology can also be used to improve accessibility for those with hearing impairments, as it can convert speech into text.

It can also be used as a tool for learning a proper pronunciation of words in the foreign language, in addition to helping a person develop fluency with their speaking skills.

using speechtexter to dictate a text

Accuracy levels higher than 90% should be expected. It varies depending on the language and the speaker.

No download, installation or registration is required. Just click the microphone button and start dictating.

Speech to text technology is quickly becoming an essential tool for those looking to save time and increase their productivity.

Powerful real-time continuous speech recognition

Creation of text notes, emails, blog posts, reports and more.

Custom voice commands

More than 70 languages supported

SpeechTexter is using Google Speech recognition to convert the speech into text in real-time. This technology is supported by Chrome browser (for desktop) and some browsers on Android OS. Other browsers have not implemented speech recognition yet.

Note: iPhones and iPads are not supported

List of supported languages:

Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Catalan, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian Bokmål, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Southern Sotho, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Venda, Vietnamese, Xhosa, Zulu.

Instructions for web app on desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux OS)

Requirements: the latest version of the Google Chrome [↗] browser (other browsers are not supported).

1. Connect a high-quality microphone to your computer.

2. Make sure your microphone is set as the default recording device on your browser.

To go directly to microphone's settings paste the line below into Chrome's URL bar.


Set microphone as default recording device

To capture speech from video/audio content on the web or from a file stored on your device, select 'Stereo Mix' as the default audio input.

3. Select the language you would like to speak (Click the button on the top right corner).

4. Click the "microphone" button. Chrome browser will request your permission to access your microphone. Choose "allow".

Allow microphone access

5. You can start dictating!

Instructions for the web app on a mobile and for the android app

Requirements: - Google app [↗] installed on your Android device. - Any of the supported browsers if you choose to use the web app.

Supported android browsers (not a full list): Chrome browser (recommended), Edge, Opera, Brave, Vivaldi.

1. Tap the button with the language name (on a web app) or language code (on android app) on the top right corner to select your language.

2. Tap the microphone button. The SpeechTexter app will ask for permission to record audio. Choose 'allow' to enable microphone access.

instructions for the web app

3. You can start dictating!

Common problems on a desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux OS)

Error: 'speechtexter cannot access your microphone'..

Please give permission to access your microphone.

Click on the "padlock" icon next to the URL bar, find the "microphone" option, and choose "allow".

Allow microphone access

Error: 'No speech was detected. Please try again'.

If you get this error while you are speaking, make sure your microphone is set as the default recording device on your browser [see step 2].

If you're using a headset, make sure the mute switch on the cord is off.

Error: 'Network error'

The internet connection is poor. Please try again later.

The result won't transfer to the "editor".

The result confidence is not high enough or there is a background noise. An accumulation of long text in the buffer can also make the engine stop responding, please make some pauses in the speech.

The results are wrong.

Please speak loudly and clearly. Speaking clearly and consistently will help the software accurately recognize your words.

Reduce background noise. Background noise from fans, air conditioners, refrigerators, etc. can drop the accuracy significantly. Try to reduce background noise as much as possible.

Speak directly into the microphone. Speaking directly into the microphone enhances the accuracy of the software. Avoid speaking too far away from the microphone.

Speak in complete sentences. Speaking in complete sentences will help the software better recognize the context of your words.

Can I upload an audio file and get the transcription?

No, this feature is not available.

How do I transcribe an audio (video) file on my PC or from the web?

Playback your file in any player and hit the 'mic' button on the SpeechTexter website to start capturing the speech. For better results select "Stereo Mix" as the default recording device on your browser, if you are accessing SpeechTexter and the file from the same device.

I don't see the "Stereo mix" option (Windows OS)

"Stereo Mix" might be hidden or it's not supported by your system. If you are a Windows user go to 'Control panel' → Hardware and Sound → Sound → 'Recording' tab. Right-click on a blank area in the pane and make sure both "View Disabled Devices" and "View Disconnected Devices" options are checked. If "Stereo Mix" appears, you can enable it by right clicking on it and choosing 'enable'. If "Stereo Mix" hasn't appeared, it means it's not supported by your system. You can try using a third-party program such as "Virtual Audio Cable" or "VB-Audio Virtual Cable" to create a virtual audio device that includes "Stereo Mix" functionality.

How to enable 'Stereo Mix'

How to use the voice commands list?

custom voice commands

The voice commands list allows you to insert the punctuation, some text, or run some preset functions (#newparagraph, #undo, #redo) using only your voice. On the first column you enter your voice command. On the second column you enter a punctuation mark or a function. Voice commands are case-sensitive. Available functions: #newparagraph (insert new paragraph), #undo (undo the last change), #redo (redo the last change)

To use the function above make a pause in your speech until all previous dictated speech appears in your note, then say "insert a new paragraph" and wait for the command execution.

Found a mistake in the voice commands list or want to suggest an update? Follow the steps below:

  • Navigate to the voice commands list [↑] on this website.
  • Click on the edit button to update or add new punctuation marks you think other users might find useful in your language.
  • Click on the "Export" button located above the voice commands list to save your list in JSON format to your device.

Next, send us your file as an attachment via email. You can find the email address at the bottom of the page. Feel free to include a brief description of the mistake or the updates you're suggesting in the email body.

Your contribution to the improvement of the services is appreciated.

Can I prevent my custom voice commands from disappearing after closing the browser?

SpeechTexter by default saves your data inside your browser's cache. If your browsers clears the cache your data will be deleted. However, you can export your custom voice commands to your device and import them when you need them by clicking the corresponding buttons above the list. SpeechTexter is using JSON format to store your voice commands. You can create a .txt file in this format on your device and then import it into SpeechTexter. An example of JSON format is shown below:

{ "period": ".", "full stop": ".", "question mark": "?", "new paragraph": "#newparagraph" }

I lost my dictated work after closing the browser.

SpeechTexter doesn't store any text that you dictate. Please use the "autosave" option or click the "download" button (recommended). The "autosave" option will try to store your work inside your browser's cache, where it will remain until you switch the "text autosave" option off, clear the cache manually, or if your browser clears the cache on exit.

Common problems on the Android app

I get the message: 'speech recognition is not available'..

'Google app' from Play store is required for SpeechTexter to work. download [↗]

Where does SpeechTexter store the saved files?

Version 1.5 and above stores the files in the internal memory.

Version 1.4.9 and below stores the files inside the "SpeechTexter" folder at the root directory of your device.

After updating the app from version 1.x.x to version 2.x.x my files have disappeared

As a result of recent updates, the Android operating system has implemented restrictions that prevent users from accessing folders within the Android root directory, including SpeechTexter's folder. However, your old files can still be imported manually by selecting the "import" button within the Speechtexter application.

SpeechTexter import files

Common problems on the mobile web app

Tap on the "padlock" icon next to the URL bar, find the "microphone" option and choose "allow".

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Speech to Text - Voice Typing & Transcription

Take notes with your voice for free, or automatically transcribe audio & video recordings on the spot. secure, accurate & super fast..

~ Proudly serving millions of users since 2015 ~

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Dictate Notes

Start taking notes, on our online voice-enabled notepad right away, for free. Learn more.

Transcribe Recordings

Automatically transcribe recordings, audio and video files, youtubes and more, in no time. Learn more.

Speechnotes is a reliable and secure web-based speech-to-text tool that enables you to quickly and accurately transcribe your audio and video recordings, as well as dictate your notes instead of typing, saving you time and effort. With features like voice commands for punctuation and formatting, automatic capitalization, and easy import/export options, Speechnotes provides an efficient and user-friendly dictation and transcription experience. Proudly serving millions of users since 2015, Speechnotes is the go-to tool for anyone who needs fast, accurate & private transcription. Our Portfolio of Complementary Speech-To-Text Tools Includes:

Voice typing - Chrome extension

Dictate instead of typing on any form & text-box across the web. Including on Gmail, and more.

Transcription API & webhooks

Speechnotes' API enables you to send us files via standard POST requests, and get the transcription results sent directly to your server.

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Combine the power of automatic transcriptions with Zapier's automatic processes. Serverless & codeless automation! Connect with your CRM, phone calls, Docs, email & more.

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Speechnotes' notepad for Android, for notes taking on your mobile, battle tested with more than 5Million downloads. Rated 4.3+ ⭐

iOS TextHear app

TextHear for iOS, works great on iPhones, iPads & Macs. Designed specifically to help people with hearing impairment participate in conversations. Please note, this is a sister app - so it has its own pricing plan.

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Tools developed for fast - batch conversions of audio files from one type to another and extracting audio only from videos for minimizing uploads.

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Live captions & translations for online meetings, webinars, and conferences.

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Dictation Notepad

Start taking notes with your voice for free

Speech to Text online notepad. Professional, accurate & free speech recognizing text editor. Distraction-free, fast, easy to use web app for dictation & typing.

Speechnotes is a powerful speech-enabled online notepad, designed to empower your ideas by implementing a clean & efficient design, so you can focus on your thoughts. We strive to provide the best online dictation tool by engaging cutting-edge speech-recognition technology for the most accurate results technology can achieve today, together with incorporating built-in tools (automatic or manual) to increase users' efficiency, productivity and comfort. Works entirely online in your Chrome browser. No download, no install and even no registration needed, so you can start working right away.

Speechnotes is especially designed to provide you a distraction-free environment. Every note, starts with a new clear white paper, so to stimulate your mind with a clean fresh start. All other elements but the text itself are out of sight by fading out, so you can concentrate on the most important part - your own creativity. In addition to that, speaking instead of typing, enables you to think and speak it out fluently, uninterrupted, which again encourages creative, clear thinking. Fonts and colors all over the app were designed to be sharp and have excellent legibility characteristics.

Example use cases

  • Voice typing
  • Writing notes, thoughts
  • Medical forms - dictate
  • Transcribers (listen and dictate)

Transcription Service

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Fast turnaround - results within minutes. Includes timestamps, auto punctuation and subtitles at unbeatable price. Protects your privacy: no human in the loop, and (unlike many other vendors) we do NOT keep your audio. Pay per use, no recurring payments. Upload your files or transcribe directly from Google Drive, YouTube or any other online source. Simple. No download or install. Just send us the file and get the results in minutes.

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  • Students - transcribe lectures
  • Podcasters - enlarge your audience by turning your podcasts into textual content
  • Text-index entire audio archives

Key Advantages

Speechnotes is powered by the leading most accurate speech recognition AI engines by Google & Microsoft. We always check - and make sure we still use the best. Accuracy in English is very good and can easily reach 95% accuracy for good quality dictation or recording.

Lightweight & fast

Both Speechnotes dictation & transcription are lightweight-online no install, work out of the box anywhere you are. Dictation works in real time. Transcription will get you results in a matter of minutes.

Super Private & Secure!

Super private - no human handles, sees or listens to your recordings! In addition, we take great measures to protect your privacy. For example, for transcribing your recordings - we pay Google's speech to text engines extra - just so they do not keep your audio for their own research purposes.

Health advantages

Typing may result in different types of Computer Related Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI). Voice typing is one of the main recommended ways to minimize these risks, as it enables you to sit back comfortably, freeing your arms, hands, shoulders and back altogether.

Saves you time

Need to transcribe a recording? If it's an hour long, transcribing it yourself will take you about 6! hours of work. If you send it to a transcriber - you will get it back in days! Upload it to Speechnotes - it will take you less than a minute, and you will get the results in about 20 minutes to your email.

Saves you money

Speechnotes dictation notepad is completely free - with ads - or a small fee to get it ad-free. Speechnotes transcription is only $0.1/minute, which is X10 times cheaper than a human transcriber! We offer the best deal on the market - whether it's the free dictation notepad ot the pay-as-you-go transcription service.

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Privacy policy.

We at Speechnotes, Speechlogger, TextHear, Speechkeys value your privacy, and that's why we do not store anything you say or type or in fact any other data about you - unless it is solely needed for the purpose of your operation. We don't share it with 3rd parties, other than Google / Microsoft for the speech-to-text engine.

Privacy - how are the recordings and results handled?

- transcription service.

Our transcription service is probably the most private and secure transcription service available.

  • HIPAA compliant.
  • No human in the loop. No passing your recording between PCs, emails, employees, etc.
  • Secure encrypted communications (https) with and between our servers.
  • Recordings are automatically deleted from our servers as soon as the transcription is done.
  • Our contract with Google / Microsoft (our speech engines providers) prohibits them from keeping any audio or results.
  • Transcription results are securely kept on our secure database. Only you have access to them - only if you sign in (or provide your secret credentials through the API)
  • You may choose to delete the transcription results - once you do - no copy remains on our servers.

- Dictation notepad & extension

For dictation, the recording & recognition - is delegated to and done by the browser (Chrome / Edge) or operating system (Android). So, we never even have access to the recorded audio, and Edge's / Chrome's / Android's (depending the one you use) privacy policy apply here.

The results of the dictation are saved locally on your machine - via the browser's / app's local storage. It never gets to our servers. So, as long as your device is private - your notes are private.

Payments method privacy

The whole payments process is delegated to PayPal / Stripe / Google Pay / Play Store / App Store and secured by these providers. We never receive any of your credit card information.

More generic notes regarding our site, cookies, analytics, ads, etc.

  • We may use Google Analytics on our site - which is a generic tool to track usage statistics.
  • We use cookies - which means we save data on your browser to send to our servers when needed. This is used for instance to sign you in, and then keep you signed in.
  • For the dictation tool - we use your browser's local storage to store your notes, so you can access them later.
  • Non premium dictation tool serves ads by Google. Users may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting Ads Settings . Alternatively, users can opt out of a third-party vendor's use of cookies for personalized advertising by visiting
  • In case you would like to upload files to Google Drive directly from Speechnotes - we'll ask for your permission to do so. We will use that permission for that purpose only - syncing your speech-notes to your Google Drive, per your request.

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Use voice typing to talk instead of type on your PC

With voice typing, you can enter text on your PC by speaking. Voice typing uses online speech recognition, which is powered by Azure Speech services.

How to start voice typing

To use voice typing, you'll need to be connected to the internet, have a working microphone, and have your cursor in a text box.

Once you turn on voice typing, it will start listening automatically. Wait for the "Listening..." alert before you start speaking.

Note:  Press Windows logo key + Alt + H to navigate through the voice typing menu with your keyboard. 

Install a voice typing language

You can use a voice typing language that's different than the one you've chosen for Windows. Here's how:

Select Start > Settings > Time & language > Language & region .

Find Preferred languages in the list and select Add a language .

Search for the language you'd like to install, then select Next .

Select Next or install any optional language features you'd like to use. These features, including speech recognition, aren't required for voice typing to work.

To see this feature's supported languages, see the list in this article.

Switch voice typing languages

To switch voice typing languages, you'll need to change the input language you use. Here's how:

Select the language switcher in the corner of your taskbar

Press Windows logo key + Spacebar on a hardware keyboard

Press the language switcher in the bottom right of the touch keyboard

Supported languages

These languages support voice typing in Windows 11:

  • Chinese (Simplified, China)
  • Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong SAR)

Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan)

  • Dutch (Netherlands)
  • English (Australia)
  • English (Canada)
  • English (India)
  • English (New Zealand)
  • English (United Kingdom)
  • English (United States)
  • French (Canada)
  • French (France)

Italian (Italy)

  • Norwegian (Bokmål)

Portuguese (Brazil)

  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Romanian (Romania)
  • Spanish (Mexico)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Swedish (Sweden)
  • Tamil (India)

Voice typing commands

Use voice typing commands to quickly edit text by saying things like "delete that" or "select that".

The following list tells you what you can say. To view supported commands for other languages, change the dropdown to your desired language.

  • Select your desired language
  • Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan)
  • Croatian (Croatia)

German (Germany)

Note:  If a word or phrase is selected, speaking any of the “delete that” commands will remove it.

Punctuation commands

Use voice typing commands to insert punctuation marks.

Use dictation to convert spoken words into text anywhere on your PC with Windows 10. Dictation uses speech recognition, which is built into Windows 10, so there's nothing you need to download and install to use it.

To start dictating, select a text field and press the Windows logo key + H to open the dictation toolbar. Then say whatever’s on your mind.  To stop dictating at any time while you're dictating, say “Stop dictation.”

Dictation toolbar in Windows

If you’re using a tablet or a touchscreen, tap the microphone button on the touch keyboard to start dictating. Tap it again to stop dictation, or say "Stop dictation."

To find out more about speech recognition, read Use voice recognition in Windows  . To learn how to set up your microphone, read How to set up and test microphones in Windows .

To use dictation, your PC needs to be connected to the internet.

Dictation commands

Use dictation commands to tell you PC what to do, like “delete that” or “select the previous word.”

The following table tells you what you can say. If a word or phrase is in bold , it's an example. Replace it with similar words to get the result you want.

Dictating letters, numbers, punctuation, and symbols

You can dictate most numbers and punctuation by saying the number or punctuation character. To dictate letters and symbols, say "start spelling." Then say the symbol or letter, or use the ICAO phonetic alphabet.

To dictate an uppercase letter, say “uppercase” before the letter. For example, “uppercase A” or “uppercase alpha.” When you’re done, say “stop spelling.”

Here are the punctuation characters and symbols you can dictate.

Dictation commands are available in US English only.

You can dictate basic text, symbols, letters, and numbers in these languages:

Simplified Chinese

English (Australia, Canada, India, United Kingdom)

French (France, Canada)

Spanish (Mexico, Spain)

To dictate in other languages, Use voice recognition in Windows .


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