Google presented ‘voice writing’ to Docs a year ago, allowing users to compose without physically writing in Chrome. Voice dictation without voice editing, however, has always been an awkward and disjointed affair, constraining users to lurch between talking, writing to edit and after that speaking once again. Repeat.

Google has now taken the next step, making the writing process more consistent by including voice-directed editing and formatting to its popular online word processor. The most common used commands have been implemented in this way, including copy and paste, selecting content by talking the phrase or word, and picking a formatting style before you begin dictating.

While starting voice writing is as simple as picking it from the Tools menu, the required syntax to edit and format is not as obvious. Google’s support and information page is a useful resource, detailing how to phrase voice commands. The page will keep on being updated as new features are included.

Similarly as with the past introduction of voice typing last September, the new voice-enabled features are as of now just available on Chrome for the desktop on Windows, Mac and Chromebook.


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