Google today announced a new feature for its mega-popular Google Docs tool that lets you format and edit documents with your voice.
It’s an extension to the voice transcription feature Google launched back in September of 2015. But the feature previously only let you dictate basic text — you still needed a keyboard if you want to do things like make a bullet-point list or copy-and-paste.
No longer: Google Docs on the Google Chrome browser on a Mac or PC now lets you do everything hands-free, with only a microphone, per an official blog entry.
Here’s a video of the new feature:
Google has a full list of voice commands here.
As an added bonus, Google is also announcing today that the voice typing feature also supports new “dialects” of English, “including English with an Indian accent, Spanish with a Mexican accent, and more so you can talk in the most natural way for you.”
The search giant is increasingly investing in voice technology as a more natural way for people to interact with computers — even if they’re not what you’d call “computer people” — across all of its services. Ultimately, Google seems to want you to control everything you do with its apps and sites without needing to lay a finger on anything.
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