Use dictation to talk instead of type on your PC

Use dictation to convert spoken words into text anywhere on your PC with Windows 10. Dictation uses speech recognition, which is built into Windows 10, so there's nothing you need to download and install to use it.

To start dictating, select a text field and press the Windows logo key  + H to open the dictation toolbar. Then say whatever’s on your mind.  To stop dictating at any time while you're dictating, say “Stop dictation.”

Dictation toolbar in Windows

If you’re using a tablet or a touchscreen, tap the microphone  button on the touch keyboard to start dictating. Tap it again to stop dictation, or say "Stop dictation."

To find out more about speech recognition, read Use voice recognition in Windows 10. To learn how to set up your microphone, read How to set up and test microphones in Windows 10.

To use dictation, your PC needs to be connected to the internet.

Dictation commands

Use dictation commands to tell you PC what to do, like “delete that” or “select the previous word.”

The following table tells you what you can say. If a word or phrase is in bold, it's an example. Replace it with similar words to get the result you want.

To do this


Clear a selection

Clear selection; unselect that

Delete the most recent dictation result or currently selected text

Delete that; strike that

Delete a unit of text, such as the current word

Delete word

Move the cursor to the first character after a specified word or phrase

Go after that; move after word; go to the end of paragraph; move to the end of that

Move the cursor to the end of a unit of text

Go after word; move after word; go to the end of that; move to the end of paragraph

Move the cursor backward by a unit of text

Move back to the previous word; go up to the previous paragraph

Move the cursor to the first character before a specified word or phrase

Go to the start of the word

Move the cursor to the start of a text unit

Go before that; move to the start of that

Move the cursor forward to the next unit of text

Move forward to the nextword; go down to the nextparagraph

Moves the cursor to the end of a text unit

Move to the end of the word; go to the end of the paragraph

Enter one of the following keys: Tab, Enter, End, Home, Page up, Page down, Backspace, Delete

Tap Enter; press Backspace

Select a specific word or phrase

Select word

Select the most recent dictation result

Select that

Select a unit of text

Select the nextthree words; select the previous two paragraphs

Turn spelling mode on and off

Start spelling; stop spelling

Dictating letters, numbers, punctuation, and symbols

You can dictate most numbers and punctuation by saying the number or punctuation character. To dictate letters and symbols, say "start spelling." Then say the symbol or letter, or use the ICAO phonetic alphabet.

To dictate an uppercase letter, say “uppercase” before the letter. For example, “uppercase A” or “uppercase alpha.” When you’re done, say “stop spelling.”

Here are the punctuation characters and symbols you can dictate.

To insert this



at symbol; at sign


Pound symbol; pound sign; number symbol; number sign; hash symbol; hash sign; hashtag symbol; hashtag sign; sharp symbol; sharp sign


Dollar symbol; dollar sign; dollars symbol; dollars sign


Percent symbol; percent sign




And symbol; and sign; ampersand symbol; ampersand sign


Asterisk; times; star


Open paren; left paren; open parenthesis; left paren


Close paren; right paren; close parenthesis; right parenthesis




Hyphen; dash; minus sign




Backslash; whack


Forward slash; divided by




Period; dot; decimal; point




Apostrophe; open single quote; begin single quote; close single quote; close single quote; end single quote


Equal symbol; equal sign; equals symbol; equal sign








Question mark; question symbol


Open bracket; open square bracket; left bracket; left square bracket


Close bracket; close square bracket; right bracket; right square bracket


Open curly brace; open curly bracket; left curly brace; left curly bracket


Close curly brace; close curly bracket; right curly brace; right curly bracket


Plus symbol; plus sign


Open angle bracket; open less than; left angle bracket; left less than


Close angle bracket; close greater than; right angle bracket; right greater than


Open quotes; begin quotes; close quotes; end quotes; open double quotes; begin double quotes; close double quotes; end double quotes

Supported languages

Dictation commands are available in US English only.

You can dictate basic text, symbols, letters, and numbers in these languages:

  • Simplified Chinese

  • English (Australia, Canada, India, United Kingdom)

  • French (France, Canada)

  • German (Germany)

  • Italian (Italy)

  • Portuguese (Brazil)

  • Spanish (Mexico, Spain)

To dictate in other languages, Use speech recognition.

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