If you spend a lot of time typing up documents, meet your new favorite life hack. Google has unveiled a new voice typing feature for Google Docs. The feature allows you to write, edit, and stylize documents using only voice commands, leaving your hands free and limber for more important things like practicing to compete in the Drone Racing League, or just preparing your next meal (unless you’re lucky enough to own a smart oven).
The new voice typing feature for Google Docs enables you to do everything from creating bullet points to italicizing your text without ever needing to touch a keyboard. While prefacing intended actions like deleting or bolding words with commands like “select (text)” might take some getting used to, the voice diction capabilities for Google Docs provide a highly efficient means of working on a document, once you get the hang of it.
There are some limitations to the shortcuts of voice typing. The new feature only works for Google Docs in the desktop version of the Google Chrome browser (the mobile app already includes speech-to-text capabilities). Whether or not the voice typing will extend to other kinds of files is still unknown.
In order to use the voice typing feature, you just need to follow a few simple steps. First, launch Google Docs. Then click “tools” on the nav bar and select “voice typing.” Finally, click the large mic icon that appears and just speak your words onto the page.
Watch the video above for a quick demo of how the new voice typing feature looks in action. And if you plan on cursing a lot in your document, the image below will give you an idea of how some of those colorful terms will show up on the page.
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