Dictate ‘speech to text’ on OneNote for Mac

The ‘speech to text’ Dictation feature is now in OneNote for Mac.

Look on the far-right of the Home tab for the Dictate button.  Click on it to make the little Dictation toolbar appear.

Our book Dictation and Read Aloud in Office explains Dictation and other Office speech features from the beginning and in detail for Windows and Mac.

The ‘cog’ settings button makes the Dictation Settings appear.

Spoken Language – choose your language and dialect.

Microphone – select which one to use

Enable auto-punctuation – instead of speaking punctuation like ‘period’, ‘comma’ etc, let Microsoft’s system add it (with mixed results).

Filter sensitive phrases – swear words are replaced with ***.

In other words, Dictate in OneNote for Mac works the same way as in other apps.  Dictate is run from Microsoft’s cloud servers.

Who gets it?

Dictate first appeared in OneNote for Mac, Insiders beta v16.68 build 22121100 and later.

If Dictate isn’t yet in your OneNote for Mac, use OneNote on the web (in a browser) instead. It’s the same cloud based feature.

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