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The Microsoft Office Dictation Button
Office 365,  Video

Add a dictation button to the quick access menu

I love using tools that enable me to get the job done and move on. One feature that does just that is the dictate function in Microsoft Office. Office Dictation allows me to speak words rather than type them and has sped up the process for creating documents for me.

One of the things I've noticed slowing me down while using the dictate function has been the need to click the Office Dictate button in the ribbon to start the process. I recently went on Twitter to ask for a shortcut key to start the dictate process.

Fortunately, @Mikevz had the answer! Mike highlighted the fact that you could add the function to the quick access menu and then you do get a shortcut key to start dictate. I recorded a short video showing you how to do just that!


Special thanks to Mike van Zandwijk (@Mikevz)!


  • Michael Stillman

    Thanks for this helpful tip. These little timesavers really add up over, well, time. 🙂

    If one’s Quick Access Toolbar already has many items, the new Dictate button may get an awkward keyboard shortcut. Mine was ALT + 04, which isn’t that convenient.

    If so, the Dictate button (“Office Dictation” on my machine) can be moved left with clicking Customize Quick Access Toolbar > More Commands and then moving it upwards. Now my shortcut is ALT + 5; much easier to type with one hand.


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