Edit your docs with voice typing

Yesterday, I told you all about the great voice typing feature of Google Docs that allows you to convert your speech to text. (Click here to read the article that explains how to get started with this feature.)

When you activate the microphone and speak, anything you say will be typed into your document.


But if you want a usable document, you need more than just words. There’s punctuation and formatting to consider. But don’t worry, you can control that as well just by speaking. Let’s go over some of the basic commands.

Say these phrases to add punctuation or start a new line or paragraph.

  • Period
  • Comma
  • Exclamation point
  • Question mark
  • New line
  • New paragraph


Use the following commands for editing:

  • Copy
  • Cut
  • Paste
  • Delete
  • Delete last word
  • Delete [word or phrase]
  • Insert link [then say the URL you want to use]
  • Copy link
  • Delete link
  • Insert table of contents
  • Delete table of contents
  • Update table of contents
  • Insert comment [then say your comment]
  • Insert bookmark
  • Insert equation
  • Insert footer
  • Insert footnote
  • Insert header
  • Insert horizontal line
  • Insert page break


To change font size, say these commands:

  • Decrease font size
  • Increase font size
  • Font size [6-400]
  • Make bigger
  • Make smaller


To format your text, try these commands:

  • Apply heading [1–6]
  • Apply normal text
  • Apply subtitle
  • Apply title
  • Bold
  • Italicize
  • Italics
  • Strikethrough
  • Subscript
  • Superscript
  • Underline
  • All caps [word or phrase]
  • Capitalize [word or phrase]


To select text for editing try these commands:

  • Select [word or phrase]
  • Select all
  • Select all matching text
  • Select list item
  • Select list items at current level
  • Select next character
  • Select next [number] characters
  • Select last character
  • Select last [number] characters
  • Select line
  • Select next line
  • Select next [number] lines
  • Select last line
  • Select last [number] lines
  • Select paragraph
  • Select next paragraph
  • Select next [number] paragraphs
  • Select last paragraph
  • Select last [number] paragraphs
  • Select word
  • Select next word
  • Select next [number] words
  • Select last word
  • Select last [number] words
  • Deselect
  • Unselect
  • Select none

To format your paragraph, say any of these commands:

  • Decrease indent
  • Increase indent
  • Line spacing [1-100]
  • Line spacing double
  • Line spacing single

That’s still not all of the available commands, I’ll take a look at the rest of them in part 3 of this article.

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