How to enable system-wide dictation on your Chromebook

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If voice typing is your preferred or required typewriter, then you are out of luck with the Chromebook. Jack Wallen shows you how you can enable system - wide dictation in Chrome OS.

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Chromebooks are incredibly capable tools. Because of their simplicity, these tools are also great for those who are always on the go. They can be a way for you to be productive, entertain you, and keep you connected, cooperative and informed. With the right settings, Chromebooks can make your life a little more efficient.

One way to do this is to enable system-wide dictation. With this system enabled, you can talk to your Chromebook and whatever app you have open will turn that speech into text.

However, this feature is somewhat hidden. For those who want to enable it, I have you covered. Get system-wide dictation enabled for your Chromebook.

SEE: Tips for Becoming a Chromebook Expert (Free PDF) (TechRepublic)


    What you need

    To enable dictation on your Chromebook, you obviously need a Chromebook. Make sure that device is updated to the latest release supported by Chrome OS and is connected to your Google account.

    How to enable dictation for Chrome OS

    Log in to your Chromebook and click on the system tray in the bottom right hand corner of the desktop. From the popup menu, click on the gear icon to open the Settings app (Figure A.).

    Figure A.


    The Chrome OS Settings app.

    Click Advanced | Accessibility and then click Manage Accessibility Features. In the resulting window, scroll down to see Enable Dictation (Figure B.).

    Figure B.

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    Enables dictation on Chrome OS.

    You should now see a microphone icon on the left side of your system (Figure C.).

    Figure C.


    The text-to-speech speech is now available to you.

    How to use dictatorship in Chrome OS

    When you want to use the dictation feature in Chrome OS, all you have to do is click on the mic icon in the system tray and then start talking. This feature is very reliable and does a good job of capturing everything you talk into the mic - though, it's far from perfect.

    There is a slight caveat to the feature. The first is when you end a sentence with time it will stop the dictatorship, or if you have to type the word "time", it will, instead, type time. Once the dictatorship has stopped, you need to restart by clicking on the mic icon in the system tray. It is not just time that stops the dictation; if you stop to think, you will find yourself to restart the dictatorship by clicking the son again.

    These cats, however, are very similar for the speech-to-text course, so if you used dictatorship to any degree, you understand its limitations and should be able to get up to speed quickly with Google implementation. Even with these issues, system-wide dictation does a good job of allowing (for the most part) hands-free typing.

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