March 13, 2018 Scott Bolton

Everybody's favorite feature: voice-to-text 

Among many things, voice-to-text allows for richer documentation, faster reporting and the ability to document while maintaining situational awareness. As you enjoy this welcomed feature, here are the most commonly used commands to help you dictate clearly and avoid having to go back and manually edit your entries.

Commands for punctuation:

Period” = period (.)
Comma” = comma (,)
Question mark” = question mark (?)
Exclamation” or “exclamation point” = exclamation point (!)
Apostrophe” = apostrophe (‘)
Colon” = colon (:) 
Dash” = dash (-)
Ellipsis” or “dot dot dot” = ellipsis (…)
Ampersand” = ampersand (&)
Asterisk” = asterisk (*)
At sign” = at sign (@)
Forward slash” = forward slash (/)
Backslash” = backslash (\)
Open bracket” = open bracket ([)
Close bracket” = closed bracket (])
Open parenthesis” = open parenthesis (()
Close parenthesis” = closed parenthesis ())

Commands for formatting:

Enter” or “new line” = moves to a new line
New paragraph” = new paragraph
Tab key” = tab

Commands exclusive to iOS:

"Quote" = open quotation marks "
"End Quote" = close quotation marks "
"Caps on" or "All caps on" = caps lock on
"Caps off" or "All caps off" = caps lock off

*Friendly reminder about iOS offline

Apple has a gap in their iOS dictation that has yet to be solved. Depending on the age of your device, the voice to text option will not be available when the device is offline. Apple seems to be working toward a solution with OS X's Enhanced Dictation however, currently it has yet to reach iOS.

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