Did you know Windows 10 has a handy dictation feature that allows you to talk instead of type in many programs? Here’s how to use it. (you will need to plug in a microphone if your device doesn’t have a built-in option.)

Start by pressing the Windows Key + H.

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If you don’t have the dictation feature turned on in Windows ten, you’ll be prompted to go to Settings and turn on speech services by a box at the top of your screen. Just click on the underlined sentence.

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Click on Turn on Speech Services.

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After that, just press the Windows + H key to open dictation, place your cursor where you want it in your document, and start talking. To stop, say Stop dictation.

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Following is a list of commands to try.

To do this Say
Clear a selection Clear selection; unselect that
Delete the most recent dictation result or currently selected text Delete that; strike that
Delete a unit of text, such as the current word Delete word
Move the cursor to the first character after a specified word or phrase Go after that; move after word; go to the end of paragraph; move to the end of that
Move the cursor to the end of a unit of text Go after word; move after word; go to the end of that; move to the end of paragraph
Move the cursor backward by a unit of text Move back to the previous word; go up to the previous paragraph
Move the cursor to the first character before a specified word or phrase Go to the start of the word
Move the cursor to the start of a text unit Go before that; move to the start of that
Move the cursor forward to the next unit of text Move forward to the next word; go down to the next paragraph
Moves the cursor to the end of a text unit Move to the end of the word; go to the end of the paragraph
Enter one of the following keys: Tab, Enter, End, Home, Page up, Page down, Backspace, Delete Tap Enter; press Backspace
Select a specific word or phrase Select word
Select the most recent dictation result Select that
Select a unit of text Select the next three words; select the previous two paragraphs
Turn spelling mode on and off Start spelling; stop spelling