This week, we’ve been learning all about the voice typing feature of the free online Google Docs word processor.

Click here to learn about voice typing in Google Docs.

Click here to learn some basic formatting commands.

In this article, we’ll learn even more formatting commands.

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To change the color of text or highlight it, try saying:

  • Text color [color]
  • Highlight
  • Highlight [color]
  • Background color [color]
  • Remove highlight
  • Remove background color

For example, “Text color red. Highlight yellow.  You can just say “remove” to change a color.

Available colors are red, red berry, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue, cornflower blue, purple, magenta, black, white, and gray. For all colors except black and white, you can add “light” or “dark” along with numbers 1-3 (for gray, 1-4), such as “dark purple 3.” If you say “highlight” by itself, the highlighting color is yellow.

To change alignment, say:

  • Align center
  • Align justified
  • Align left
  • Align right
  • Center align
  • Left align
  • Right align

To add a list, like the one below, just say:

  • Create bulleted list
  • Create numbered list
  • Insert bullet
  • Insert number

To add columns to your document, say one of the phrases below:

  • Apply 1 column
  • Apply 2 columns
  • Apply 3 columns
  • Column options
  • Insert column break

To remove formatting, try the following commands:

  • Clear formatting
  • Remove formatting
  • Remove bold
  • Remove italics
  • Remove strikethrough
  • Remove underline

Navigate your document by saying “Scroll up” or  “Scroll down.”  To go to specific places in the document, try the following commands.

Go to

Move to

end of

start of

paragraph

column

line

row

table

document

Go to

Move to

next

previous

character

column

footnote

formatting change

heading

heading [1-6]

image

line

link

list

list item

misspelling

paragraph

row

table

word

page

Go

Move

forward

backward

[number] characters

[number] words

Go

Move

up

down

[number] lines

[number] paragraphs

I’ve found the speech recognition to be pretty good with this app, but formatting and editing does take a bit of practice. Give it a try and let me know what you think.