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Google has introduced voice typing and input for Google Docs on Chrome browsers. Users can either use their machine’s inbuilt mic or connect an external mic to dictate to Google Docs. The feature can be accessed by clicking on Tools-->Voice Typing, through which a mic icon will appear on the page. This feature is available in 40 languages including Arabic, German, Spanish, Farsi, French, Icelandic, Polish, Russian and Chinese, while Hindi is currently the only Indian language it is available in. It also takes inputs like “comma”, “period”, “new line” and “new paragraph”, but in our test, it continued typing what was being said literally. For now punctuation is available on these languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian. An add on for Chrome is available for this as well. Google has also added a Templates feature as well as a ‘see new changes’ feature where users can see changes made by multiple users working on the same document. Mistakes on the doc can be fixed by moving the cursor to the mistake and fixing it without turning the mic off and then be placed where the user wants to start dictating again. Right clicking will allow users to see suggestions for mistakes. Interestingly, according to a Search Engine Roundtable report, Google Docs had gotten voice dictation in March 2014.   On Google Docs for Android, users can also check out the Research feature which uses Google search to look up info. Google says on its Support doc that while…

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