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Save Strokes – Use Your Voice to Type

We heard through Northwest District Director Mike Hanson that a few of his agents are using voice-to-type when creating Microsoft Word docs and that it has been a time saver for them.

“It is really simple to set up, to get it right, you need to do some voice training with it. Without that you end up with some funny words popping up. Once you set it up, you can activate the talk to text. You can even have it start on start-up. Then, just open Word (or any other program) turn it on and away it will type.”

- Amelia Doll, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent - Burleigh County

Amelia wearing a headset
Amelia in action
Amelia said she got started with the Text-to-Speech Recognition tutorial from Microsoft. I tested it out and the tutorial was hands-on and took about 30 minutes to complete. A microphone is necessary but I was able to successfully compose, edit and delete text in a Word document. The tutorial also includes instruction on how to controls Windows, such as starting programs, switching between windows, clicking on buttons and more.

This option is also available in Google Docs, but you must use the Chrome browser.

Text-to speech could be helpful if you’re a slow typist or “write” better by speaking than actual writing. It could also save hundreds of movements in your arms, wrist and fingers.

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, 701-231-6403

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