Use the tool for "Voice Typing" in Google Docs. Add text to documents by speaking the words. Works with the Google Chrome browser.

This is a great feature to use with special needs students who may have manual dexterity problems, or have difficulty typing.

In addition, there are commands for editing and formatting. See the list below for a sample of the commands available. For additional commands, please see this page in Google "Docs Editors Help."

Select Tools > Voice Typing

Red Microphone is "listening" to you speak

A Few Tips:

Be Sure Your Microphone Is Working:

1) Open a Google Doc:

2) Correcting mistakes:

3) Note:

To format your document, say these commands:

Text Formatting

Apply heading [1–6]

Apply normal text

Apply subtitle

Apply title








All caps [word or phrase]

Capitalize [word or phrase]

Note: "All caps" makes the word or phrase all capital letters. "Capitalize" capitalizes only the first letter.

Text Color And Highlighting

Text color [color]


Highlight [color]

Background color [color]

Remove highlight

Remove background color

Note: The colors available are: red, red berry, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue, cornflower blue, purple, magenta, black, white, and gray. For all colors except black and white, you can add "light" or "dark" along with numbers 1-3 (for gray, 1-4), such as "dark purple 3." If you say "highlight" by itself, the highlighting color is yellow.

Font Size

Decrease font size

Increase font size

Font size [6-400]

Make bigger

Make smaller

Paragraph Formatting

Decrease indent

Increase indent

Line spacing [1-100]

Line spacing double

Line spacing single


Align center

Align justified

Align left

Align right

Center align

Left align

Right align


Apply 1 column

Apply 2 columns

Apply 3 columns

Column options

Insert column break


Create bulleted list

Create numbered list

Insert bullet

Insert number

Remove Formatting

Clear formatting

Remove formatting

Remove bold

Remove italics

Remove strikethrough

Remove underline

To edit the document, say these commands:





Delete last word

Delete [word or phrase]

Insert link [then say the URL you want to use]

Copy link

Delete link

Insert table of contents

Delete table of contents

Update table of contents

Insert comment [then say your comment]

Insert bookmark

Insert equation

Insert footer

Insert footnote

Insert header

Insert horizontal line

Insert page break

Note: If you say "Delete" by itself, the word before the cursor is deleted.
If you select the text of a URL and say "Insert link", the selected text becomes a hyperlink.

Stop Voice Typing:

Say, "Stop Listening."

Resume Voice Typing:

There are several ways to resume voice typing. Use any of the following commands:


Resume with [word or phrase]

Go to the end of the paragraph

Move to the end of the paragraph

Go to the end of the line

Move to the end of the line

Go to [word]

Finding Commands in Help:

To open a list of commands, say:

Voice typing help

Voice commands list

See all voice commands