What is “Dictate” and how do I use it?

What it does

Dictate will convert what you say into typed text. This can be helpful if you find it easier or quicker to talk rather than type.

How to use it

Dictate is built into Windows 10 so you can convert words into text anywhere on your computer. To find out how to use it go to the Use dictation to talk instead of type on your PC web page.

Dictate is also available in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and OneNote. So you can speak your work out loud and Dictate will type it up for you. Instructions on how to use it are available on the following pages depending on which program you are using:

Dictate your documents in Word Click on the platform you are using (Web, Windows, MacOS etc.) to get the relevant instructions.

Dictate your emails in Outlook

Dictate your notes in OneNote Click on the platform you are using (Web or Windows) to get the relevant instructions.

Dictate your presentations and slide notes in PowerPoint Click on the platform you are using (Web or Windows) to get the relevant instructions.

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