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MS Word’s Dictate

Microsoft Word

A  valuable feature in Microsoft Office 365 is Dictate, which translates your speech into text. Click on Dictate and speak the first draft of your story into existence.


  • Vern
    Posted December 22, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Your video is very timely. I recently considered purchasing Dragon Naturally Speaking but chose not to buy it because I feared it would further slow my laptop. It’s already having some problems with Grammarly.
    But I recently purchased a new laptop and MS Word 365. And as a bonus, you are telling me how to optimize the capability of my new software. It’s a small Christmas miracle. Thank You. And Merry Christmas to you and your family + Amanda!

    • Carole Mayback
      Posted January 11, 2021 at 9:49 am

      I love this, Vern! I too did not realize that Word had a “dictate” function. Just found it a few weeks ago on my own – out of necessity! I just don’t type that fast, and it was making me dread writing. My perfectionism would not let me post a draft without reviewing it several times, and that is just not productive! What is your reason for wanting voice to text software?

  • Carole Mayback
    Posted January 11, 2021 at 9:58 am

    This is fabulous! Thank you for including the tips in your Dictate outline. Very helpful. I was just congratulating myself on coming up with a system whereby I can write by hand stream of consciousness with pen and paper, and then transfer it into MS Word by using the dictate feature! That way I am not dreading the typing/editing process, nor am I getting lost in the minute details of my story. It’s brilliant! Then I go back and do a final cleanup edit and copy the whole story to paste into one of these comment boxes on the website. Perfect process for me to submit my stories faster. ;)

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