Dictate Feature in PowerPoint – using this to save time in presentations

Dictate Feature in PowerPoint – how can I use this in my presentations? Watch the video to learn more

Dictate Feature in PowerPoint: PowerPoint iconThis week’s hint and tip is on the dictate feature in PowerPoint. It looks at this feature and how it can be used in your presentations. This isn’t covered specifically in our Intermediate PowerPoint training course so we decided to do a hint and tip on it. We are going to go through it now below.


What is the Dictate Feature?

The dictate feature is a newer feature in PowerPoint that allows you to dictate what you want typed in your presentation. So rather than having to type out what you would like in your presentation, you can speak it! PowerPoint will then ‘type’ the text as you say it.


Using the Dictate Feature

Firstly you need to turn the dictate feature on to use it. The dictate feature can be found on the Home Tab. To use it, just simply click on the option on the ribbon and the icon will change to show a red dot showing you that it is recording. As soon as this changes, whatever you say will be caught and recorded. When recording, just make sure you speak clearly as sometimes PowerPoint might not pick up the text properly.

You will need to hit the enter key on your keyboard to go down to the next bullet point. If there are any mistakes you can just go back over and change them.


The video below shows you how to use the dictate feature in PowerPoint. It goes through what this feature does in your presentation and how to use it.

Take a look below at the video to find out more and then try it out on your own computer!

We hope you have enjoyed this hint and tip on the dictate feature in PowerPoint. Why not take a look at our previous one on some MS Office shortcuts?