How to Prep for Dictation on the Samsung Galaxy Tab - dummies

How to Prep for Dictation on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

By Dan Gookin

The Galaxy Tab has the amazing ability to interpret your dictation as text. It works almost as well as computer dictation in science fiction movies.

Activate voice input on the Galaxy Tab keyboard

To use diction instead of typing, you need to activate voice input for the Samsung keypad. Obey these steps:

  1. Display the onscreen keyboard.

    Touch a text box or somehow get the onscreen keyboard to appear.

  2. Touch the Settings button, the one with the Gear icon.

  3. Touch the check box by Voice Input to place a green check mark there.

  4. Touch the Yes button to confirm.

    You can touch the Home icon button to return to the Home screen when you’re done.

A new button now appears on the onscreen keyboard, near the bottom right. It’s the Microphone button, as shown in the margin. Touch that button to dictate text instead of typing it.


Galaxy Tab, take this down, please

Talking to your Tab really works, and works quite well, providing that you touch the Microphone key on the keyboard and properly dictate your text.

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

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

After you stop talking, the Tab digests what you said. You see your voice input appear as a wavelike pattern on the screen. Eventually, the text you spoke — or a close approximation — appears on the screen. It’s magical and 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.

  • 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 Galaxy Tab produce the text I’m sorry, and it won’t happen again (or similar wording).

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

  • Pause your speech before and after speaking punctuation.

  • There is no way presently to capitalize words you dictate.

  • Dictation may not work where no Internet connection exists.

The Galaxy Tab features a voice censor. It replaces those naughty words you might utter, placing the word’s first letter on the screen, followed by the appropriate number of asterisks. For example, if spatula were a blue word and you uttered spatula when dictating text, the dictation feature would place s****** on the screen rather than the word spatula.

The Tab knows a lot of blue terms, including the infamous “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” but apparently the terms crap and damn are fine.