Siri Dictation Commands

Here’s some Siri and new iPad Dictation commands that have been found
by users. As Dragon Dictation is is based on the same Nuance engine,
many of the commands are the same.

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 word
For example, saying:
I named my pet pig cap bacon
produces 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 text
For example, saying:
caps on twenty five ways to eat bacon caps off
produces the text:
25 Ways to Eat Bacon
all caps to
make the next word all uppercase
For example, saying:
I am hungry feed me all caps now please
produces the text:
I am hungry feed me NOW please
all caps on … all caps off to
make part of what you say uppercase
For example, saying:
I am hungry all caps on feed me now all caps off please
produces the text:
I am hungry FEED ME NOW please
no caps to
make the next word lowercase
For example, saying:
I like no caps Mike
produces the text:
I like mike
no caps on … no caps off to
make sure part of what you say is all lowercase
For example, saying:
Our friends no caps on Steve and Tina no caps off live
in California

produces the text:
Our friends steve and tina live in California
space bar to
prevent a hyphen from appearing in a normally hyphenated word
For example, saying:
This restaurant is first space bar class
prevents first-class from being hyphenated, and
produces the text:
This restaurant is first class
no space to
prevent a space between words
For example, saying:
This is the best no space tasting bacon ever
produces the text:
This is the besttasting bacon ever
no space on … no space off to
prevent a section of text from having spaces between words
For example, saying:
This is no space on the best tasting bacon no space off
ever

produces 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 four
produces the text:
The.number pi is 3.14
(note the subtle difference between saying point
and dotdot works between
words)
point .
For example, saying:
The point number pi is three point one four
produces the text:
The point number pi 3.14
(note the subtle difference between saying point
and dotdot works 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)
“quote
… end quote” or “quote … close quote”
to
place quotes around a section of text
For example, saying:
She said quote see you next week end quote
produces the text:
She said “see you next week”
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 cheese
produces the text:
This – is – my – cheese
(note the difference in spacing between this and when saying hyphen)
hyphen
For example, saying:
This hyphen is hyphen my hyphen cheese
produces the text:
This-is-my-cheese
(note the difference in spacing between this and when saying dash)
em dash
underscore _
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 bike
produces 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 bike
produces the text:
I.e. when you learn to ride a bike
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