Welcome to Voice In Plus guide. The guide assumes that you have already upgraded to Voice In Plus and activated it. If you haven't done these two steps, check out the related articles:
The guide focuses on Voice In Plus features and how to use them.
Voice In Plus unlocks the following features:
- Custom Voice Commands
- Advanced Mode
- Dictate Across Multiple Tabs
- Change Voice In Pop-Up location
- Dictation Box
- Language Switcher
- Change Case
You can configure/enable these features by going to the Voice In Options page. To open the options page, right-click on the Voice In launch button (microphone icon) in the top right corner of your browser window.
Next, click on Options. This will open the Voice In options page.
You can also go to the Options page by visiting https://dictanote.co/voicein/options/.
The Voice In Plus features are described below:
1) Custom Voice Commands
Voice In comes built-in with voice commands for everyday tasks like punctuation, quotes, smileys, and special characters. With custom voice commands, you can create your voice commands.
You can use custom voice commands to correct errors and automate repetitive text entries. For example, if you are a call center agent, you can map "refund issued text" to a template text that explains to the customer that his payment refund has been issued.
To add custom voice commands, go to the Voice In options page and scroll down to the Voice Commands section. Then, follow the instructions for Custom Voice Commands.
Check out Using Custom Voice Commands in Voice In for an in-depth guide on Custom Voice Commands.
2) Advanced Mode
Some sites use complicated input handling, making it hard to add text through the extension. For example, on Facebook, your status message text can contain person mentions, hashtags, etc. For this reason, Facebook uses complex logic to handle text input and display. This makes it non-trivial for Voice In to insert transcribed text.
On many such sites, you can use advanced mode to dictate. Advanced Mode uses a combination of proprietary text insertion strategies to enable text insertion on sites that use non-trivial input handling. To the user, Advanced Mode behaves just like Default Mode. However, it is more robust and enables dictation on almost all websites.
Advanced Mode also triggers browser events like change, keypress, etc. Hence it will work better on sites that listen to these events, like sites with auto-complete or ones with a submit/send button.
Advanced Mode is enabled by default when you have Voice In Plus.
You can disable Advanced Mode if you wish to (not recommended); check out How to enable/disable Advanced Mode.
3) Dictate Across Multiple Tabs
By default, when you switch tabs, dictation stops, and you need to start Voice In manually again. Enabling this feature allows you to change tabs without worrying about dictation stopping.
To enable it, go to the Voice In options page and select the Dictate Across Multiple Tabs option (this setting is in the Dictation Settings section).
4) Change Voice In pop-up location
By default, Voice In shows a pop-up like below on a page when you activate Voice In.
With plus, you can change the location of the pop-up on the page / disable the pop-up. To do so, go to Voice In options page and check the UI settings section.
Click on the checkbox to hide the Voice In pop-up. Alternatively, use the select dropdown to change the location on the page. Note: you need to refresh any open pages to have the changes reflected.
5) Dictation Box
While we are always adding support to new websites, if you encounter a website where Voice In is not working, you can use Dictation Box to dictate on that webpage. Dictation Box opens a textbox on the page -- you can always dictate into this textbox. Once you are done, copy-paste the text into the target textbox.
To enable the Dictation Box, start Voice In on the target page and click on the Voice In pop-up.
A settings modal will open up on the page. Select enable dictation box for this domain.
You will see the dictation box appear as shown below. Click inside the box and start dictating. After you are done, click copy to copy out the text in the dictation box and paste it into the desired field.
6) Language Switcher
Language switcher makes it easy for you to switch across multiple languages. You don't have to restart Voice In. You can currently switch between three languages. To configure the three languages, go to the language switcher section.
Select the three languages you wish to be able to switch between.
There are two ways you can switch between the languages:
- Using Keyboard Shortcuts: As shown in the image above, each language is mapped to a keyboard shortcut. When Voice In is ON, use the keyboard shortcut to switch to that language.
- Page Buttons: Click on the "Show language switching options in the page pop-up" checkbox in the options page to show the language switching buttons right on the page you are dictating. If you enable this option, you should see the language switching buttons on the page like below. Use them to change languages.
7) Change Case
Change the case of the dictated text to Sentence case, UPPERCASE, lowercase, etc. You can find it in the Dictation Text Transforms section.
Sentence-case solves a critical problem. A common issue with the dictated output is that it doesn't understand if the word in a given context is a proper noun or not. As a result, you will see words get capitalized that shouldn't be capitalized. Setting case to "Sentence case" lets you disable uppercase except at the start of the sentence.
Upgrade to Voice In Plus today to support the development of Voice In. If you have a feature in mind that you want us to implement, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org .