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iPhone Dictation Commands

posted Feb 8, 2014, 10:38 AM by Info@ HelpAsNeeded   [ updated Feb 9, 2014, 12:14 PM ]
Despite the tremendous progress that has been made in speech recognition systems, creation of documents using speech rather than using fingers on a keyboard is more the exception than the rule. Free voice recognition capabilities are available on Apple iPhones, Apple Mac computers, windows computers running Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 PC, and on Google's voice search applet. In order to make dictation more useful, Apple has developed and published a list of dictation commands, such as "caps on," and "new paragraph." Apple provides a helpful online guide, titled "Mac basics: dictation lets you speak text instead of typing." While dictation operates much the same on an iPhone as on a Mac, we found it cumbersome to view a list of the detailed dictation commands on our iPhone. Accordingly, we have posted the list of Mac dictation commands in a "sortable" spreadsheet at the link below (note: we did not test to verify that every one of these commands works). Those dictation commands also appear below the spreadsheet link.

Click Here for sortable spreadsheet


Punctuation

Result

apostrophe

open bracket

[

close bracket

]

open parenthesis

(

close parenthesis

)

open brace

{

close brace

}

open angle bracket

<

close angle bracket

>

colon

:

comma

,

dash

-

ellipsis

exclamation mark

!

hyphen

period / point / dot / full stop

.

question mark

?

quote

"

end quote

"

begin single quote

'

end single quote

'

semicolon

;


Typography

Result

ampersand

&

asterisk

*

at sign

@

backslash

\

forward slash

/

caret

^

center dot

·

large center dot

degree sign

°

hashtag / pound sign

#

percent sign

%

underscore

_

vertical bar

|


Capitalization

Result

caps on

formats next phrase in Title Case

caps off

resumes default letter case

all caps

formats next word in ALL CAPS

all caps on

proceeds in ALL CAPS

all caps off

resumes default letter case


Currency

Result

dollar sign

$

cent sign

¢

pound sterling sign

£

euro sign

yen sign

¥


Emoticons

Result

cross-eyed laughing face

XD

frowny face

:-(

smiley face

:-)

winky face

;-)


Intellectual Property

Result

copyright sign

©

registered sign

®

trademark sign


Mathematical

Result

equals sign

=

greater than sign

>

less than sign

<

minus sign

-

multiplication sign

x

plus sign

+


Word and Line

Result

new line

adds line break

numeral

formats next phrase as number

roman numeral

formats next phrase as Roman numeral

new paragraph

adds paragraph break

no space on

formats next phrase without spaces

no space off

resumes default spacing

tab key

advances cursor to the next tab stop


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