The Dictate feature is available with the Learning Tools Add-in for OneNote 2016 and 2013. For best results you’ll need a good microphone (a headset will work best), and a quiet place without background noise.

  1. If you haven’t yet, install Learning Tools for OneNote.

    Ribbon for Learning Tools Add-in for OneNote.

  2. Open OneNote, then select Learning Tools > Dictate.

    Dictate is recording

  3. When you see the highlighted piece of text "Listening..." or a red circle appears over the Dictate button, begin speaking loudly and clearly.

  4. To insert punctuation, say its name:

    Name
    Punctuation
    period
    .
    new line
    inserts line break
    new paragraph
    starts new paragraph
    comma
    ,
    question mark
    ?
    exclamation point or exclamation mark
    !
    colon
    :
    semicolon
    ;
    open quote
    "
    close quote
    "
  5. When you're done talking, select the Dictate button again to stop the recording.