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How to Dictate to Your Nexus 7

Dictating to your Nexus 7 really works, and works quite well, if you touch the Microphone key on the onscreen keyboard and properly dictate your text. There are a few tricks that will make this process easier.

After touching the Microphone key, you see a special window appear at the bottom of the screen. When the text Speak Now appears, dictate your text. Speak directly at the tablet.

As you speak, a Microphone graphic on the screen flashes. The flashing doesn’t mean that the Nexus 7 is embarrassed by what you’re saying. No, the flashing merely indicates that the tablet is listening, detecting the volume of your voice.

As you blab, the tablet digests what you said, and the text you speak — or a close approximation — appears on the screen. It’s magical, though sometimes comical.

  • The first time you try voice input, you might see a description displayed. Touch the OK button to continue.

  • The better your diction, the better your results. Also, it helps to speak only a sentence or less.

  • If you don’t like a word that’s chosen by the dictation feature, touch it on the screen. You see a pop-up list of alternatives from which you can choose one.

  • You can edit your voice input just as you edit any text.

  • Speak the punctuation in your text. For example, you would say, “I’m sorry comma and it won’t happen again” to have the Nexus 7 produce the text I’m sorry, and it won’t happen again (or similar wording).

  • Common punctuation that you can dictate includes the comma, period, exclamation point, question mark, and colon.

  • Pause your speech before and after speaking punctuation.

  • There’s no way presently to capitalize words you dictate.

  • Dictation may not work where no Internet connection exists.

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