The less and less overlooked document editor, Google Docs, just got ten times better overnight, after Google decided to give it a twist. The twist in question is nothing else than allowing its users to type, edit and format documents – all via voice commands. So basically, anything that you previously thought you needed at least a keyboard for in terms of work may very well become a lot easier than ever believed to be before.
This is a move that completes the change that first came to Google Docs back in September 2015. At this point Google decided to add voice typing to their Google Docs service that would allow users to compose and edit documents a lot faster than before. However, this change felt somewhat incomplete as it would literally only allow you to dictate text and nothing more. Anything other, such as editing, formatting, copy pasting and so on would still require a keyboard and a mouse most of the time.
However, the new version of Google Docs is crazily useful for anyone who wishes to compose a document and have it all edited, formatted and ready to go without ever needing to touch a keyboard in order to achieve that.
The new update is pretty large in terms of capability. It can now follow a vast series of commands that the program itself is capable of. Things such as align center, go to end of line, select all, copy, paste, highlight, bold, insert table and everything else in between can be spoken instead of selected using a keyboard and/or mouse. Even more than that, saying ‘voice commands help’ while in Google Docs will make a window pop up, listing every single command that the program is capable of.
Even more than that, because the biggest problem with voice commands in other technology’s case is trying to make yourself understood by the device, people have expressed concern regarding its ability to not misunderstand what it’s being told. In response to that, Google mentioned that the voice typing feature also supports the newer English ‘dialects’, giving you a fair reading of what you’re saying without you having to struggle to sound differently than you normally do.
This new feature can be used by anyone right away, as long as you have either an internal microphone or a normal headset to help you out dictate text to your computer and you turn the feature on.
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