Type with your voice
You can type and edit a document by speaking in Google Docs.
Note: This feature is only available in Chrome browsers.
Step 1: Turn on your microphone
To use voice typing or voice commands, your computer microphone needs to be on and working.
Step 2: Use voice typing
Start voice typing in a document
- Check that your microphone works.
- Open a document in Google Docs with a Chrome browser.
- Click Tools Voice typing. A microphone box appears.
- When you're ready to speak, click the microphone.
- Speak clearly, at a normal volume and pace (see below for more information on using punctuation).
- When you're done, click the microphone again.
Correct mistakes while voice typing
- If you make a mistake while you're typing with your voice, you can move your cursor to the mistake and fix it without turning off the microphone.
- After you correct the mistake, move the cursor back to where you want to continue.
- To see a list of suggestions, right-click words underlined in gray.
Voice typing works in these languages and accents:
Afrikaans, Arabic, Arabic (Algeria), Arabic (Bahrain), Arabic (Egypt), Arabic (Israel), Arabic (Jordan), Arabic (Kuwait), Arabic (Lebanon), Arabic (Morocco), Arabic (Oman), Arabic (Palestine), Arabic (Qatar), Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Arabic (Tunisia), Arabic (United Arab Emirates), Bahasa Indonesia, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English (Australia), English (Canada), English (India), English (Ireland), English (New Zealand), English (Philippines), English (South Africa), English (UK), English (US), Spanish, Spanish (Argentina), Spanish (Bolivia), Spanish (Chile), Spanish (Colombia), Spanish (Costa Rica), Spanish (Ecuador), Spanish (El Salvador), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (US), Spanish (Guatemala), Spanish (Honduras), Spanish (Latin America),Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Nicaragua), Spanish (Panama), Spanish (Paraguay), Spanish (Peru), Spanish (Puerto Rico), Spanish (Uruguay), Spanish (Venezuela), Basque, Farsi, Finnish, Filipino, French, Galician, Croatian, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Italian (Italy), Italian (Switzerland), Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Hong Kong), Zulu
You can use these phrases to add punctuation to your text:
- Exclamation point
- Question mark
- New line
- New paragraph
Note: Punctuation works in German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian.
Step 3: Use voice commands
After you start voice typing, you can use commands to edit and format your document. For example, "Select paragraph," "italics," or "Go to the end of the line."
Note: Voice commands are available only in English. The account language and document language must both be English.Select text
To select text, say 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
- Select none
To format your document, say these commands:
- Apply heading [1–6]
- Apply normal text
- Apply subtitle
- Apply title
- All caps [word or phrase]
- Capitalize [word or phrase]
Note: "All caps" makes the word or phrase all capital letters. "Capitalize" capitalizes only the first letter.
Text color and highlighting
- Text color [color]
- Highlight [color]
- Background color [color]
- Remove highlight
- Remove background color
Note: The colors available 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.
- Decrease font size
- Increase font size
- Font size [6-400]
- Make bigger
- Make smaller
- Decrease indent
- Increase indent
- Line spacing [1-100]
- Line spacing double
- Line spacing single
- Align center
- Align justified
- Align left
- Align right
- Center align
- Left align
- Right align
- Apply 1 column
- Apply 2 columns
- Apply 3 columns
- Column options
- Insert column break
- Create bulleted list
- Create numbered list
- Insert bullet
- Insert number
- Clear formatting
- Remove formatting
- Remove bold
- Remove italics
- Remove strikethrough
- Remove underline
To edit your document, say these commands:
- 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
- If you say "Delete" by itself, you delete the word before the cursor.
- If you select the text of a URL and say "Insert link", the selected text becomes a hyperlink.
To add and edit tables, say these commands:
- Insert table
- Insert table [1-20] rows by [1-20] columns
- Insert row
- Insert column
- Insert new column
- Insert new column on the left
- Insert new row
- Insert new row above
- Insert new row below
- Delete column
- Delete row
- Delete table
- Remove column
- Remove row
- Remove table
- Exit table
To move around your document, say these commands:
|Part 1||Part 2||Part 3|
- Scroll down
- Scroll up
To stop voice typing, say "Stop listening."
To move the cursor to the end of the paragraph and start voice typing again, say "Resume."
To move the cursor to the end of a particular word or phrase, say "Resume with [word or phrase]."
Here are all the commands you can say to resume voice typing:
- Resume with [word or phrase]
- Go to the end of the paragraph
- Move to the end of the paragraph
- Go to the end of the line
- Move to the end of the line
- Go to [word]
To open a list of voice commands in your document, say these commands:
- Voice typing help
- Voice commands list
- See all voice commands
To use these commands, turn on screen reader support. It's best to wear headphones so the screen reader feedback isn't typed into your document.
- Speak cursor location
- Speak from cursor location
- Speak selection
- Speak selection formatting
- Speak table row and column headers
- Speak table cell location
- Speak table column header
- Speak table row header
If voice typing isn't working, try these steps.
If you see an error message that says "We're having trouble hearing you," try the following:
- Move to a quiet room.
- Plug in an external microphone.
- Adjust the input volume on your microphone.
If you can't get the microphone to work on your computer, try the following:
- Make sure that the microphone isn't broken.
- Check your microphone settings in your computer system preferences.
- Check that your microphone is plugged in and is not being used by another application.
- Move to a quiet room.
- Restart your computer.
If voice commands aren’t working, try the following:
- Speak more slowly and clearly
- Pause before and after each command. The text of your command might show in the document for a moment. For example, if you say "select all," the words "select all" show up before your text is selected.
- The microphone shows a bubble containing the most recent command. Verify that Docs heard the right command. If not, you can simply say "Undo."
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