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Tips: Siri dictation

Tips: Siri dictation

Siri Dictation

By now many are familiar with Apple's voice-to-text service called Siri dictation. Did you know you can do things like dictate :) emotes? Look over this list of dictation commands you just may learn something new.

Say this …

… to do this

new line move to the next line (like pressing “Return” on a keyboard)
new paragraph to start a new paragraph
cap to capitalize the next wordFor example, saying: I named my pet pig cap baconproduces the text: I named my pet pig Bacon (interestingly, if you say “Kevin Bacon”, Bacon is automatically capitalized for you)
caps on … caps off to capitalize a section of textFor example, saying: caps on twenty five ways to eat bacon caps offproduces the text: 25 Ways to Eat Bacon
all caps to make the next word all uppercaseFor example, saying: I am hungry feed me all caps now pleaseproduces the text: I am hungry feed me NOW please
all caps on … all caps off to make part of what you say uppercaseFor example, saying: I am hungry all caps on feed me now all caps off pleaseproduces the text: I am hungry FEED ME NOW please
no caps to make the next word lowercaseFor example, saying: I like no caps Mikeproduces the text: I like mike
no caps on … no caps off to make sure part of what you say is all lowercaseFor example, saying: Our friends no caps on Steve and Tina no caps off live in Californiaproduces the text: Our friends steve and tina live in California
space bar to prevent a hyphen from appearing in a normally hyphenated wordFor example, saying: This restaurant is first space bar classprevents first-class from being hyphenated, and produces the text: This restaurant is first class
no space to prevent a space between wordsFor example, saying: This is the best no space tasting bacon everproduces the text: This is the besttasting bacon ever
no space on … no space off to prevent a section of text from having spaces between wordsFor example, saying: This is no space on the best tasting bacon no space off everproduces the text: This is thebesttastingbacon ever
“period” or “full stop” to place a “.” at the end of a sentence
dot .For example, saying: The dot number pi is three dot one fourproduces the text: The.number pi is 3.14 (note the subtle difference between saying point and dot… dotworks between words)
point .For example, saying: The point number pi is three point one fourproduces the text: The point number pi 3.14 (note the subtle difference between saying point and dot… dotworks between words)
“ellipsis” or “dot dot dot”
comma ,
double comma ,,
“quote” or “quotation mark” ”(although, if you need to place some text within quotation marks, using the “quote … end quote” commands may be more accurate)
“open single quote…close single quote” to place single quotes around a section of textFor example, saying: Open single quote this is the best ice cream ever close single quote comma said Sallyproduces the text: ‘this is the best ice cream ever’, said Sally
apostrophe ‘(although in many cases, apostrophes are automatically inserted, like when saying Sam’s new iPhone)
exclamation point !
inverted exclamation point ¡
question mark ?
inverted question mark ¿
ampersand &
asterisk *
open parenthesis (
close parenthesis )
open bracket [
close bracket ]
open brace {
close brace }
dash -For example, saying: This dash is dash my dash cheeseproduces the text: This – is – my – cheese (note the difference in spacing between this and when sayinghyphen)
hyphen -For example, saying: This hyphen is hyphen my hyphen cheeseproduces the text: This-is-my-cheese (note the difference in spacing between this and when sayingdash)
em dash
underscore _
plus sign +
minus sign -
equals sign =
percent sign %
copyright sign ©
registered sign ®
section sign §
dollar sign $
cent sign ¢
euro sign
yen sign ¥
degree sign °
caret ^
at sign @
pound sterling sign £
pound sign #
greater than sign >
less than sign <
forward slash /
back slash \
vertical bar |
“smiley” or “smiley face” or “smile face” :-)
“frowny” or “frowny face” or “frown face” :-(
“winky” or “winky face” or “wink face” ;-)
e.g. (pronounced as “e g”) e.g.For example, saying: e g when you learn to ride a bikeproduces the text: E.g. when you learn to ride a bike
i.e. (pronounced as “i e”) i.e.For example, saying: i e when you learn to ride a bikeproduces the text: I.e. when you learn to ride a bike


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