How to Automatically Transcribe a Recording Into a Word Document

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Transcribing recordings is a demanding task. It takes sharp ears, keen eyes, and deep understanding. However, no matter how much you want to manually transcribe recordings, more likely than not, you won’t have enough time to do so, especially if you’re a busy student or employee. What you can do instead is to automatically transcribe your recordings. There are various methods and tools that can help you ease the process of transcribing recordings into a Word document. From add-ins to apps to free transcription services, these things can help you in your transcribing duties.

5 ways you can automatically transcribe recordings

Install add-ins on Microsoft Word

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There are s couple of add-ins you can install on Microsoft Word to help you easily transcribe recordings and speech while you work on your document. An example is Speech Tools. Speech Tools is a complete transcription solution that works on Microsoft 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 running on Windows Vista, 7, 8 and Windows 10. Once installed, a new pane on Microsoft Word appears where you can play audio and video files, and use voice commands to control and listen to the recordings. To start transcribing, all you need to do is dictate the speech from the recording plus the appropriate punctuation. 

Try Voice Typing on Google Docs

google docs voice typingGoogle Docs, Google’s free, cloud-based word processor has its very own audio-to-text software known as Voice Typing. Voice Typing allows you to speak (whether you’re repeating words from a recording or dictating your current thoughts), then it listens and transcribes everything you said into the document. This feature is fast, easy, and surprisingly accurate as it can correct misheard words right after you finish speaking a sentence, and knows the difference between usual homonyms such as “their” and “they’re”. 

To try out Voice Typing, open up a blank document on Google Docs, click “Tools” from the menu, and select “Voice Typing”. You can also use the shortcut Control+Shift+S. A button will appear on the left side of the screen where you can record and speak into your device’s microphone. As you speak, the tool will transcribe.

Use AIs or virtual assistants

ai transcriptionsTechnological advancements made it possible for people to easily jot down notes and write thoughts. Now, you also have the choice to use AIs (artificial intelligence) or virtual assistants to help you transcribe. 

For iOS devices, there’s Siri. Siri can perform several tasks including solving basic math problems, checking the weather, remembering your parking location, and of course, transcribing speech. Android users, on the other hand, can use Google Assistant. Google Assistant is considered as one of the most advanced and dynamic virtual assistants out there. It’s capable of various things such as checking in to your flights, sending messages, translating from one language to another, and transcribing audio. 

Download transcription apps

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There are also several transcription apps that are handy when it comes to impromptu writing sessions or transcription jobs. Some of the best transcriptions apps this 2019 are Dragon Anywhere, Speechnotes, Transcribe – Speech to Text, and Braina which recognizes most technical jargon. You can use these transcriptions apps to convert audio recordings to text and transfer them into your own Word document. 

Use a free transcription service

Free Transcriptions

You can also use a free transcription service to help you automatically transcribe a recording. FreeTranscriptions, for example, is a free transcription service that uses the best online audio-to-text conversion engine to generate accurate machine transcripts. Uploading is easy and the transcribing process only takes minutes. After it transcribes your recordings, you can view an interactive digital version of your transcript, and you can choose to download it as a PDF file or as a Word document.


These five ways can be the solution to your worries. Try these and see which one can best help you in automatically transcribing into a Word document.