Sunday, April 15, 2018

Speak to type

A friend recently introduced me to two new features of Google Chrome: ‘Voice typing’ and ‘Search by Voice’.

To start voice typing, open a new document in Google Docs in a Chrome Browser. Select ‘Tools’ from the Menu Bar. In the Drop down menu, click on the Microphone Icon, a microphone box appears.  Click on the microphone icon to start voice typing; once activated, it becomes red. Start speaking.

You will find that as you speak, the words are automatically typed in the document. Speak clearly and loudly. You can also type in Hindi or any other language; click on the drop down menu to select the language. You can edit the document later.

You can also do a Voice search in Google. Click on the mike on the Google search bar and speak up. Instead of typing your keywords in the search bar, speak them aloud. Voice search is faster and also easier.

Not all of us are very proficient in typing on the keyboard as the younger generation. Use these features to save time. Just sit back and start ‘typing’ as you speak, even as you enjoy the freedom of movement instead of sitting at a desk hunched over a keyboard. You can use it to make patient summary or discharge ticket or other relevant notes.

Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri Awardee
Vice President CMAAO
Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications
President Heart Care Foundation of India
Immediate Past National President IMA

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