Today we're looking at another feature inside some of the apps in Office 365, called Dictate. Dictate gives you the ability to capture anyone’s speaking voice while converting it to text inside of a document. Whether you think better out loud and need to quickly put your thoughts down on paper during a brainstorming session, or you want to capture someone's dialogue in a meeting or a presentation, this is a great feature that can save you time and effort. It's also incredibly simple to use.
When looking at your screen inside of Word, you will see a microphone icon on the toolbar that says “Dictate”. Simply click on the icon, and if you've never used Dictate, a popup will appear asking you to give Microsoft Word access to your microphone. Simply click “OK”. Now you can begin talking or recording whoever's voice you need to capture and watch it become text.
Pro Tip: It helps to speak your punctuation out loud. For example, if you need a comma, say comma. If you need a period, say period. That's really the only part of this feature that remains a bit clunky.
While Dictate isn’t a shortcut to a fully polished document, I’ve found it to be a useful way to stay engaged in meeting conversations without scrambling to capture information you’ll need later.