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Windows 11 Voice Typing Commands

Girl dictating on phone

One of the updated features in Windows 11 is the new Voice Typing with auto punctuation. If you have a microphone (or even a webcam with a built-in microphone), you can use it to start typing with your voice. (Press Win + H, or select the mic button on the Touch keyboard.) Thankfully, Voice Typing has evolved and now includes auto punctuation, so you don’t have to correct as much punctuation as before.

Skip to Voice Typing Commands for Windows 11.

It’s early days yet! Based on Microsoft’s Voice Typing Command list, below are the main Windows 11 Voice Typing commands and punctuation commands we have tried and tested so far, plus a few dictation commands borrowed from Microsoft’s Windows Speech Recognition page for Windows 10. There are not many voice commands at the moment, so we hope that Microsoft will release some more for Voice Typing. Commands or phrases that don’t work with Voice Typing are labeled with a thumbs-down sign ๐Ÿ‘Ž.

Languages ๐ŸŒ

The below lists show American English. Microsoft’s official pages (above) include a drop-down list for you to choose your own language.

Voice Typing Commands for Windows 11

Voice typing command What you can say
Stop or pause voice typing Pause dictation
Stop voice typing
Stop dictation
Stop listening
Stop dictating
Stop voice mode
Pause voice mode
Delete last spoken word or phrase Delete that
Erase that
Scratch that
Select last spoken word or phrase Select that

Voice Typing Punctuation commands amalgamated from Microsoft’s Voice Typing and Windows Speech Recognition pages

To Insert thisSay this
,Comma
;Semicolon
.Period; Dot; full stop
:Colon
Open double quote ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Open quote; Open quotes
Close double quote ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Close quote; Close quotes
Apostrophe ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Open single quote; Begin single quote
Close single quote; End single quote
>Greater than sign; Left/Open angle bracket
<Less than sign; Right/Close angle bracket
/Forward slash
\Backslash
~Tilde ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Tilde sign ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Tilde symbol
@At sign; At mention
!Exclamation mark; Exclamation point
?Question mark
#Number sign; Pound sign
$Dollar sign
%Percent sign
^Caret ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Caret sign ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Caret symbol
(Open parenthesis; Left parenthesis
)Close parenthesis; Right parenthesis
_Underscore
Dash ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Hyphen; Minus sign
En dash
โ€”Em dash ๐Ÿ‘Ž
=Equal sign
+Plus sign
{ Open curly bracket ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Open brace; Left curly brace
} Close curly bracket ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Close brace; Right curly brace
[Open bracket; Left bracket; Left square/Open square bracket
]Close bracket; Right bracket; Right square/Close square bracket
|Vertical bar ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Vertical bar sign/symbol; Pipe character
๐Ÿ™‚Smiley face
๐Ÿ™Frowny face
๐Ÿ˜‰Winky face
โ„ขTrademark sign ๐Ÿ‘Ž
ยพThree-quarter sign ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Three-quarters
ยผOne-quarter sign ๐Ÿ‘Ž; One-quarter
ยฝOne-half sign ๐Ÿ‘Ž; One-half
ยฃPound sterling sign
โ‚ฌEuro sign
&Ampersand; And sign
*Asterisk
//Double slash ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Forward slash, forward slash
`Backtick ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Back quote
<Open-angle bracket
>Close-angle bracket
ยฑPlus or minus sign
ยซOpen-angle quote ๐Ÿ‘Ž
ยปClose-angle quote ๐Ÿ‘Ž
ร—Multiplication sign
รทDivision sign
ยขCent sign ๐Ÿ‘Ž
ยฅYen sign
ยงSection sign
ยฉCopyright sign
ยฎRegistered trademark sign ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Registered sign
ยฐDegree sign
ยถParagraph sign
Ellipsis; Dot dot dot
ฦ’Function sign ๐Ÿ‘Ž
‘sApostrophe-s

Voice Typing is not Windows Speech Recognition

Please note that Voice Typing is not the same as Windows Speech Recognition, which allows you to control your device and apps with many different commands. Voice Typing is primarily used to type text into text fields, like writing emails, blog posts, and notes. Having said that, there are a few Speech Recognition dictation commands that also work with Voice Typing, too:

Commands for dictation that happen to work with Voice Typing

Below are some `commands for dictation’ taken from Microsoft’s Windows Speech Recognition page, which do or don’t ๐Ÿ‘Ž currently work with Windows 11’s Voice Typing. On their page, Microsoft says that `Help & learning for Windows 11 is coming soon!‘ The objective of the following list is not to highlight what Voice Typing doesn’t do but to encourage Microsoft to carry some Speech Recognition commands over to Voice Typing. If any commands become available for Voice Typing, we will update these lists. Feel free to let us know of any more in the Comments.

To do thisSay this
Insert a new line in the documentNew line
Insert a new paragraph in the documentNew paragraph
Insert a tabTab ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Insert the literal word (for example, insert the word “comma” instead of the punctuation mark)Literal word ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Insert the numeral form of a number (for example, insert 3 instead of the word three)Numeral number ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Put the cursor before a specific wordGo to word ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Put the cursor after a specific wordGo after word ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Don’t insert a space before the next wordNo space ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Go to the start of the current sentenceGo to start of sentence ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Go to the start of the current paragraphGo to start of paragraph ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Go to the start of the current documentGo to start of document ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Go to the end of the current sentenceGo to end of sentence ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Go to the end of the current paragraphGo to end of paragraph ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Go to the end of the current documentGo to end of document ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Select a word in the current documentSelect word ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Select a word range in the current documentSelect word range; ๐Ÿ‘ŽSelect word through word ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Select all text in the current documentSelect all ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Select a number of words before the location of the cursorSelect previous 20 words; ๐Ÿ‘Ž Select previous 10 words ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Select a number of words after the location of the cursorSelect next 20 words ๐Ÿ‘Ž; Select next 10 words ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Select the last text you dictatedSelect that
Clear the selection on the screenClear selection ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Capitalize the first letter of a wordCaps word ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Capitalize all the letters of a wordAll caps word ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Make all the letters in a word lowercaseNo caps word ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Change the next number of words to uppercaseChange next 10 words to uppercase ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Change the next number of words to lowercaseChange next 10 words to lowercase ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Delete the previous sentenceDelete previous sentence ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Delete the next sentenceDelete next sentence ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Delete the previous paragraphDelete previous paragraph ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Delete the next paragraphDelete next paragraph ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Delete the selected or last dictated textDelete that

So many commands, so little time

Windows Speech Recognition has many more commands than we show here. It can get a little confusing to understand which commands might work in Voice Typing when you know that they exist for Windows Speech Recognition. As we said, it’s early days yet. Windows 11 has only just been released to the general public, so we look forward to seeing whether any commands get carried over to Voice Typing and how powerful Voice Typing will become.

Try Windows 11’s Voice Typing for yourself

As you can see and hopefully try for yourself, Voice Typing in Windows 11 is a convenient, fresh, and modern way to type, blog, email, or get your thoughts down on paper (so to speak). We forgive you for thinking that using your voice for typing was mainly a tool for the disabled. While you will find the voice typing settings within the Windows 11 Accessibility Settings panel (where they logically reside), voice typing is nowadays used by people with or without accessibility requirements.

How do you open Voice Typing again?

Press the Windows key + H.

Voice typing UI

Auto Punctuation

If you’d like to use Auto Punctuation, be sure to toggle it on via the settings:

auto punctuation toggle

Windows Speech Recognition

If you are interested in dictating with your voice and controlling your Windows device with your voice, then Windows Speech Recognition is probably the tool for you. You can find Windows Speech Recognition via the Accessibility – Speech panel.

Windows 11 Accessibility - Speech settings

First, toggle Windows Speech Recognition on via the Accessibility – Speech panel.

Press the Windows logo key + Ctrl + S to turn speech recognition on or off.

If in doubt, search

As always, if you need to find a setting or app in Windows, you can search for it via the Start Menu (Windows key) or Search panel (Windows key + S).

Personal thoughts

When testing Voice Typing for this article, I used Windows 11 Version 21H2 (OS Build 22000.194), WordPad, and Word in Microsoft 365.

As an old roommate to both a person with quadriplegia and a blind person, it’s easy to appreciate the freedom and empowerment potential that voice dictation software has to offer. Some dictation apps in the past were costly, so it’s good to see that voice dictation is more mainstream nowadays and continues to evolve and come free with Microsoft Windows.

Voice Typing is a quick and useful tool

We appreciate that the Voice Typing feature is not supposed to be as powerful as Windows Speech Recognition. However, we encourage Microsoft to pass on more functionality to Voice Typing as it evolves and is embraced by more people.

Do you like the idea of typing with your voice?

If you know of other commands that work with Voice Typing, please let us know and we will add them to this list.

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