Use These Special Siri Commands When Dictating Text On iPhone Or iPad [iOS Tips]

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Speech to text dictation is getting better by leaps and bounds, and Apple’s Siri on iOS is one of the best implementations of the technology. While you may have known that you could punctuate your dictation by just speaking it aloud (comma) you may not know that there are some more commands that you can use to further refine your dictation performance, allowing you to write stuff just by speaking it, and no one will know the difference.

Here are some of the better ones.

When dictating, say “All Caps” to capitalize all of the next word you dictate. So, “All Caps Happy Tuna” will type, HAPPY tuna. If you just want to capitalize the first letter of the next word, say, “Caps,” and Siri will take care of it for you. “Upper Case” will capitalize the next character, which can be handy when spelling out acronyms. You can also just say “Caps On” to enable caps lock, and “Caps Off” to disable it.

If you say, “Numeral” and then the number, Siri will type the digit, rather than the spelled out letter. So, “Numeral five” will get you “5,” not “five.”

If you want a new paragraph, say, “New Paragraph,” and if you just want a new line, say “New Line” instead. If you want to prevent a space, just say so, with “No Space,” and Siri won’t stick a space between your last word and the next one you dictate. To wit, “hot No Space dog” will net you a “hotdog.”

Use “No Space On” to turn off spaces entirely, which is helpful when dictating a password made of typical words, for example. To turn that mode off, simply say, “No Space Off.” Done!

Hopefully, this will help you make more out of your time with dictation on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Have fun!

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  • snydeje

    Thanks for the great tips but first Siri has to understand something that is said. On a scale from 1 to 10 Siri is almost makes number 2. Siri is almost the same now as when it came out. Which amounts to almost completely useless. Apple needs to put some serious work in that piece of software to make it usable on a daily basis.

  • gnedc1029

    I spend a lot of time in my car and use Siri everyday. It is not perfect, but I find it VERY helpful. I use it to write texts and emails and to launch apps. I am amazed at the depth of the Siri vocabulary database. I am a microbiologist, and Siri correctly spelled the bacterial family Enterobacteriaceae, and even capitalized it! When not driving, I use it a lot for dictation. Thank you for the tips! Even as an everyday user, I picked up a couple of useful things.

  • WangTassinari

    up to I saw the receipt saying $4424, I did not believe that…my… best friend was like they say trully erning money in there spare time online.. there brothers friend haz done this 4 only about six months and at present repaid the loans on their cottage and bought a brand new Chevrolet. I went here,…… BIT40.?O?

  • sheetheadj

    Thanks for the great tips but first Siri has to understand something that is said. On a scale from 1 to 10 Siri is almost makes number 2. Siri is almost the same now as when it came out. Which amounts to almost completely useless. Apple needs to put some serious work in that piece of software to make it usable on a daily basis.

    absolutely. siri is such a useless POS. suppose i want to say any of the words above in the actual context of my conversation – I cant. If I say, “dude, that chick used Caps On for the entire time she texted me”, dumb shit siri will translate that to “dude that chick used FOR THE ENTIRE TIME SHE TEXTED ME”. what a sorry, half-assed product by Apple. They should all be ashamed.

  • TheMacAdvocate
    Thanks for the great tips but first Siri has to understand something that is said. On a scale from 1 to 10 Siri is almost makes number 2. Siri is almost the same now as when it came out. Which amounts to almost completely useless. Apple needs to put some serious work in that piece of software to make it usable on a daily basis.

    absolutely. siri is such a useless POS. suppose i want to say any of the words above in the actual context of my conversation – I cant. If I say, “dude, that chick used Caps On for the entire time she texted me”, dumb shit siri will translate that to “dude that chick used FOR THE ENTIRE TIME SHE TEXTED ME”. what a sorry, half-assed product by Apple. They should all be ashamed.

    Using the term “Caps on” in a conversation sounds like an extremely common use case, worthy of every ounce of your vitriol against Siri. I’m sure every user can identify with the outrage of using having such a common conversation term have such undesirable consequences. /s

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