Google has a brand new feature that lets you dictate text and make text edits using your voice.

It only works in

To access this new facility go to and then log in to your Gmail account.

Once there, you can click Blank to bring up a brand new document.

Next click on the Tools tab and then the "Voice typing" option button as shown in the screenshot below. You'll see the big Microphone button far left.

Note that this is always set to "English (US)" as the default, but you can change it to "English (UK)" from the drop down menu if you prefer.

How to start your dictation is covered on the next page.

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Marcel92 Premium
Great post. Thank you for sharing.
Brookline Premium
Glad you like this hope you can use it profitably
terrberr Premium
Hi David;
I'm very excited that you have posted this really valuable voice-typing training here for us!
It's a Godsend to me, because I wear a soft neck brace while working, and 'hands-free' manouevres just hit the spot:)

As a bonus, you communicate so easily; thank you.

I want to say more, but I wonder if you can please see if we can get page 4 of your good lesson? Right now, it says "The requested source has not been published."

I think I could get along without it, but thought I'd better tell ya, nice fella!
Brookline Premium
Thank you for your kind words and comments
Good of you to point out the page 4 problem ... Very strange.
I am seeing your quote at the top of page four when I access the training from my profile page, although of course I can see all 4 as complete.
Rather a shame page 4 is supposed to have the key info item.
Will try to correct for you by a re-edit and re publish options
If unsuccessful will have to seek expert help
Will update you later via PM
terrberr Premium
Thanks, David:)
I just PM'd you a quick one too...;)
OldMCSEGuy Premium
Being blind Dragon is a tool that I have used to for years. but it's not overly expensive at least not the home version and I am an affiliate. $25 I think is the current sale price. My wife is a Health Care Administrator and she rates it 10. Lol I just asked her. The stuff she writes is generally more sophisticated than what most average people do and it serves her needs well.

because I am on my cell phone so much like right now I use the Google tool a lot but it requires a lot more work than Dragon.

I'll have to check my IBM store but I don't think Via Voice is still available.
Brookline Premium
Glad you have found something that helps you both.
Both Dragon "Naturally Speaking Home 13.0" and Via Voice are available from Amazon now.
Dragon is around £55 and Via Voice is about £50
Regards David
MPollock Premium
Nice info Thanks
Brookline Premium
Glad to help speed up the day
dorina62 Premium
Fine!It is great!Thanks!
Brookline Premium
So glad you like it.... saves lots of time.
Edit any errors after completion.