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How to Type and Dictate on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has the amazing ability to interpret your utterances as text. The Dictation feature can be used instead of typing to give control to your phone or to vent your frustrations.

How to activate voice input on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Galaxy Note's voice input feature is officially known as Google Voice Typing. To ensure that this feature is active, obey these steps:

  1. At the Home screen, touch the Apps icon.

  2. Open the Settings app.

  3. Choose Language and Input, found on the Controls tab.

    Touch the Controls tab first, and then choose the Language and Input item.

  4. Ensure that the item Google Voice Typing has a check mark.

    If not, touch that item to activate Google Voice Typing.

Your primary clue that voice input is active is the Microphone icon, found on the keyboard. If you can see that icon, you're good.

How to dictate to your Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Dictation feature is available whenever you see the Microphone icon, similar to the one shown in the margin. To begin voice input, touch the icon. The Voice Input screen appears. When you see the text Speak Now, speak directly at the phone.

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As you speak, the Microphone button on the screen flashes. The flashing doesn't mean that the phone is embarrassed by what you're saying. No, the flashing merely indicates that the phone is listening, detecting the volume of your voice.

The text you utter appears as you speak. To pause, touch the Tap to Pause text on the screen. To use the keyboard, touch the Keyboard icon just to the left of the Microphone icon.

  • The Dictation feature works only when voice input is allowed. Not every app allows voice input.

  • Voice input may not function when no cellular data or Wi-Fi connection is available.

  • You have to "speak" punctuation to include it in your text. For example, you say, "I'm sorry comma James period" to have the phone produce the text I'm sorry, James.

  • You cannot use dictation to edit text. Text editing still takes place on the touchscreen.

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

  • Pause your speech before and after speaking punctuation.

  • There's no way to dictate a capital letter, although you can say "period" to capitalize the first letter of the next word. (It's easier to edit your text and remove excess periods than to edit your text to capitalize.)

  • The better your diction, the better the results.

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