Email is one of the daily functions that takes time, sometimes lots of time. What if you could cut down the time considerably by speaking instead of typing? That’s what this post is all about. Gmail voice entry is easy with the “Dictation for Gmail” extension. Within any message, activate the mic and compose with your voice. This post shows you how to get started.

Install the Chrome Extension

  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store and search for “Dictation for Gmail.”
  2. Click the button to install the extension.

Using the Dictation for Gmail Extension

When you compose a new Gmail message, look for a microphone icon among the selections at the bottom of the window. Click it. The icon changes to a white microphone in a red circle. Gmail is now listening.

Place the cursor where you want the text to begin. Begin speaking. Google does an excellent job of transcribing your voice. If it makes a mistake, click the cursor in the desired location and make corrections.

Forgot some text and need to enter it in the middle? Click the cursor at the insertion point. Click the microphone and begin speaking. Dictation for Gmail adds your text wherever the cursor is located.

A Variety of Languages

The extension supports many languages. Beside the cursor, click the drop-down to select the language you will be speaking.

What About on Mobile?

We already have this capability on mobile. Look for the microphone icon on your mobile device’s keyboard. Tap it and begin composing the message.

Why spend time typing when talking is faster and easier? Install the Dictation for Gmail extension. Create a sample email to practice. Have fun and save time.