Dictation Tips and Tricks

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  1. twerppoet

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    A thread for those of us who want to help each other get the most they can out of Dictation on the iPad.

    Or if you're just curious, and and want to play with the features.

    More and more often I find myself combining the dictation and keyboard for inputting my text. I don't know if it is faster, but it is sometimes easier; once you get past a not all that steep learning curve.

    I just spend about an hour tracking down as many symbol commands as I could figure out, and added a few comments about what I found along the way. Hope it's useful to someone.


    Dictation symbols

    Words contained in () are not spoken. If all you see are words in the brackets, then I couldn't figure out a command.

    • . period (or) full stop
    • , comma
    • : colon
    • ; semicolon
    • ! exclamation mark (or) exclamation point
    • ? question mark
    • - hyphen
    • ' apostrophe
    • 's apostrophe ess
    • ` back quote (or) backtick
    • ^ caret
    • ' open single (quotation mark)
    • ' close single (only seems works after "open single")
    • " open quote
    • " close quote
    • « open euro quotes
    • » close euro quotes
    • ( open parenthesis
    • ) close parenthesis
    • [ open bracket
    • ] close bracket
    • { open curly bracket (or) open brace
    • } close curly bracket (or close brace
    • … ellipsis
    • _ underscore
    • – dash
    • – double dash
    • — em dash
    • – en dash
    • | vertical bar
    • § section sign
    • & ampersand
    • ~ Tilda
    • + plus sign
    • - minus sign
    • x multiplication sign
    • ÷ division sign
    • > greater than sign (or) close angle bracket (or) right angle bracket
    • < less than sign (or) open angle bracket (or) left angle bracket
    • % percent sign
    • ‰ per mill sign
    • ° degree sign
    • \ back slash
    • / forward slash
    • # hash tag (or) pound sign (or) sharp sign
    • * asterisk (or) star
    • $ dollar sign
    • ¢ cent sign
    • £ (British pound)
    • Â¥ yen sign
    • € euro sign
    • ₩ (won)
    • @ at sign
    • © copyright sign
    • ™ trademark sign
    • ® registered sign


    You can dictate basic Emoji. Using the full phrase usually works better than the short form.

    • :) smiley (or) smiley face
    • ;-) winky (or) winky face
    • :-( frowny (or) frown face


    Interestingly you can say equations like 4×5 = 9, and it works. Many other symbols will appear in context.

    Examples:
    25°C = twenty five degrees Celsius
    $13.95 = thirteen dollars and ninety-five cents.
    3" x 4' = three inches by four feet

    Other symbols need to be entered alone, or context will override. You can also override two word symbols by pausing for more than a second between the words when dictating.

    Examples:
    It was a mad dash to the grocery store.
    Andromeda is my favorite star.
    I put a question (pause) mark at the end of my set? (no pause)
    There is a plus (pause)sign at the end of the Google + (no pause) name

    I'm sure there are more, but I don't know the names of all the symbols on the keyboard; and I probably missed a few others. It wasn't exactly a methodical search.

    Edited 28 Sep 2012 to include more symbols and emoji.


    Dragon Dictation Commands that Work in iOS 6 Dictation

    • New Paragraph = Start a new paragraph.
    • New Line = Start a new line.
    • Numeral = forces the next spoken number to be a number character. (1 vs one)
    • Lowercase = when dictating letter by letter, controls the case. Works erratically.
    • Uppercase = when dictating letter by letter, controls the case Works erratically.
    • Caps On = Capitalizes the first letter of all major words: The First Letter of All Major Words (Like for book titles.)
    • Caps Off = turns it off
    • Cap = Capitalizes the next word: Word
    • All Caps = Next world is all caps: WORD
    • All Caps On = all letters are capitalized: ALL LETTERS ARE CAPITALIZED
    • All Caps Off
    • No Caps
    • No Caps On
    • No Caps Off
    • No Space On = prevents all spaces: preventsallspaces
    • No Space Off = turns it off
    • No Space = used to prevent a space between words. Gasstation versus gas station
    • Tab Key = inserts a tab


    Edit: Added Commands 29 Sep 2012
    Edit: Added paragraph and line command contributions from posts. 13 Oct 2012
    Edit: Added Numeral command. Discovered by reading an AppAdvice article by Dom Espocito
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Awesome, great info!
     
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    This is excellent! I've never really used the dictation feature on my iPad, but now I'm gonna try it out more.
     
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    "new paragraph" also works
     
  6. twerppoet

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    As does "new line". Thanks.
     
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    Just discovered a few more dictation tricks. You can do a few emoji.

    :) = smiley face
    :-( = frown face or frowny face
    ;-) = wink face or winky face

    Those were the only ones I could figure out. See if you can find more.


    Edit: Added emoji to first post.
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2012
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    Here are some I already tried, so you don't duplicate. I got a little desperate for ideas the second half.

    Mean face
    Sad face
    Sour face
    Angry face
    Mad face
    Sarcastic face
    Green face
    Embarrassed face
    Happy face
    Surprised face
    Wow face
    Whoops face
    Dog face
    Ugly face
    Upset face
    Nasty face
    Nice face
    Romney face
    Obama face
    Static face
    Laughing face
    Laugh face
    OMG face
    Weird face
    Poop face
     
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    Great post twerppoet.:) :) :)
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2012
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    You may have missed a few? Just not good enough! Just kidding. An excellent helpful post. Thank you.
     
  12. twerppoet

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    You're welcome. The list does look long enough, but you can almost guarantee it will be missing something that someone can't do without. ;)
     
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    Don't worry, someone is sure to find any omissions and point them out to you.
     
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    Wish they would.
     
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    thanks twerppoet! (and all this time until I just typed it I thought it was twitterpoet, hmmm) I use the dictation or Siri when riding (not driving) in a car - on my iPhone because it is much easier than typing while bouncing. Now I can use the dictation on my iPad and not have to stop to add punctuation
     

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