Ever wish you could type as fast as you can talk? Now you can.

Here’s a quicker way to type: talk instead.

On your Chromebook, you can tweak a setting that will allow you to activate voice typing to use whenever and wherever you want.

Activate voice typing

Head straight to your Chrome browser and then click on the vertical ellipsis menu (three vertical dots), then down to click on ‘settings’. Alternatively, click on the bottom right clock, then up to click on the setting’s ‘gear’ icon.

In the search settings text field, type ‘speak to type‘:


Click on ‘Manage accessibility features’ and then scroll down until you find ‘Enable dictation (speak to type)’. Move the slider from off to on and you’re done. You can now close the Chrome browser.

Using voice typing

You will now see a microphone icon to the left of the clock:

Every time you want to voice type something rather than use the keyboard:

  • Make sure you’re in a free-form text field (internet address bar/word processor/search box etc) AND the cursor is blinking
  • Click on the microphone icon and begin to talk.

That’s all there is to it!

What say you?

Is voice typing any use to you? What are your thoughts on the pros and cons of voice typing over keyboard typing? Time saver or frustration? Please let us know below in the comment box.