How to Use iPad Voice Dictation
- Tap the microphone button on the iPad's on-screen keyboard. This tells the iPad that you want to start dictating. Not seeing a microphone button? Remember, you need a valid internet connection to use voice dictation and SIRI must be enabled in the settings.
- Talk. The iPad will record your voice and turn it into text when you are finished. (Be sure to read over the keywords below to find out how to start a new sentence or a new paragraph.)
- Tap the microphone button again to stop dictating. In a few seconds, the iPad will turn your speech into words on the screen. Be sure to read it over or use speak selection to listen to your text. Voice dictation isn't perfect, so you may need to make a few adjustments using the keyboard.
iPad Voice Dictation Keywords
The iPad's voice dictation is surprisingly good at translating voice into speech, even for those of us who have thick accents. But what about ending a sentence with a question mark or starting a new paragraph? To get the most out of voice dictation, use these keywords:
- "Period". The "." is the standard way to end a sentence. It includes a space after the period, so you are ready for your next sentence.
- "Question Mark". The "?" also includes a trailing space.
- "New Paragraph". This keyword phrase starts a new paragraph. Remember to end the previous sentence before beginning the new paragraph.
- "Exclamation Point". The "!" includes a trailing space.
- "Comma". The "," includes a trailing space.
- "Colon". The ";" includes a trailing space.
- "Semicolon". The ":" includes a trailing space.
- "Ellipsis". The "..." includes a trailing space.
- "Quote" and "Unquote". The " produced by saying "quote" does not produce a trailing space. The " produced by saying "unquote" does include a trailing space.
- "Slash". The "/" symbol.
- "Asterisk". The "*" symbol.
- "Ampersand". The "&" symbol.
- "At Sign". The "@" symbol.
If you can't see the microphone appearing on the keyboard...
The new generation of iPads also has voice dictation. Please note that for the on-screen microphone to appear on the keyboard, you must enable Siri (the iPad's personal assistant) in the settings for the iPad. If you need the microphone, but you don't need Siri, just make sure to enable the restrictions in settings, set a passcode you will remember and turn Siri off!