Google Docs now lets you edit and format documents with your voice

February 15, 2016


Google Docs just stepped up its voice features in a big way.

Nearly six months after introducing voice typing for Google Docs, the company is adding voice commands, which allow you to edit and format documents with only your voice.

The extensive list of commands includes just about everything you could possibly do to a document, including adjusting text, adding bulleted lists or tables and moving around large chunks of text. (There are a few limitations, like the ability to add special characters.)

Functionally, it works a lot like Nuance’s Dragon NaturallySpekaing and other dictation software. You can say things like “delete last paragraph” or “insert table 10 rows by 3 columns.” Behind the scenes, the feature is powered by the same natural language processing engine used by Google Now, so you can also say things like “make bigger” to increase the font size.

While learning all the voice commands — there are thousands of combinations — could take some time, it will be a useful tool for those who prefer a hands-free experience.

The new voice commands are available now in Google Docs on Chrome. You can find the new feature in the “Tools” menu under voice typing.


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